Cornish Hens

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by pit 4 brains, Nov 12, 2011.

  1. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have an elk hunt coming up in Dec and I figured I'de do the smoking now and give the boys a treat at the cabin. What better to eat for dinner than some serving-sized birds. I got 6 hens but only 5 would fit in my brine tub so I'm just going to do one plain for a side-by-side comparison. I brined overnight for a total of 18 hours. I put on a little of Pit's Perfect Paprika Poultry Powder and tied them up. Into the smoker they went. i couldn't help but throw some CSR's in there too. They are horribly cut and therefore were cheap, but I'll freeze them up to and take them along.

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    Be sure to submerge whatever it is you are brining. I learned the hard way that birds tend to float after a while and the exposed meat does not brine.

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    CSRs with some simple rub on them. I know I'll get a ration of heck from the food police but they will be on the first floor below the hens.

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    Seasoned and tied up. I see some folks don't tie but I have found that it keeps alot of moisture in the wing pits and thigh areas.

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    On to the drum. If you don't have a UDS, I would hightly suggest you build one. Best smoker I have ever used..

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    Add a little TBS and away we go!

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    I'm also trying out my latest edition to the drum. I had seen som drum dollies and decided to build one to make my drum a little more mobile. I found a ring that fit fairly well and some flat stock, got some casters from harbor freight and did a little welding..

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    There's a total of five wheels all around for stability. I'm gonna come up from four of them with some angle and make a small circular table around the drum. After that I'll finish painting to match.
     
  2. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Gotta love the lil birds. Looks like you will be eating good today.
     
  3. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'm gonna vac pack and freeze them tonight to take on a hunting trip. It's gonna kill me not to eat one but I...I....I ....Can do it!
     
  4. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You need to atleast taste a 1/4 of one of them so that you can ensure the quality of the product :biggrin:
     
  5. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well Brian, you know how those thighs tend to fall of smoked birds. i'de hate for the dog to get it first.
     
  6. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I know I shouldn't be lookin', but here's what's cookin'!

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  7. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I love those little hens!

    Yours are looking real good so far!

    The uds looks good too!
     
  8. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanx Al. Love the UDS..

    After 3 hours I probed one hen and the thighs were above 170 so off they came. I shot a pic then wrapped them in foil to rest/cool before vac-packing. I want to retain all the juices for the bags so I have them when i defrost.

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    CSRs are looking and smellin good. I moved them to the top rack and choked the smoker a bit to cool it off. Pics to follow..
     
  9. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    They look delicious Pete!
     
  10. tyotrain

    tyotrain Master of the Pit

    great looking birds you have there... Bet they will be tasty the boys and camp will be eating like kings
     
  11. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well Thank you Al. I'm trying my best to not eat one..

    I did take off the smallest CSR and man let me tell you.. Fantastic. I love when stores reduce prices on meat that doesn't sell just because nobody knows what to do with it. Here's a bit of that first hunk..

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    MEAT CANDY and the bark is just... just.... ughhh..

    and to top it off, the Commemorative Air Force (Mesa, AZ) has been flying thier B-17G "Sentimental Journey"  in honor of Veterans day. I am near Falcon Field where they are based and I get many a free airshow.. Yesterday she was flying in formation with a P-51 Mustang. I assumed the Mustang landed by the time I got the camera but I got a pic of the Fortress on base (between downwind and final legs of the approach to the runway).. This was taken yesterday but she was flying again today. I love the sound of those radial engines..

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    Last edited: Nov 12, 2011
  12. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    All looks Great, Pete!!!!

    Those birds are perfect for football season---I like the way they form up in the huddle for the smoke!!!!

    Good Girls!!!

    Bear
     
  13. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Man, that's some good looking Noshing for a Hunting Camp[​IMG]. Can I come along to guard the goodies[​IMG]

    Have a good time and hope you get your limit...
     
  14. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I was waiting for the money shot.  Looks great.

    Thanks for the B 17 shot.  That was awesome! I would have loved to see the P 51!

    Good luck and good smoking.
     
  15. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    O Boy O Boy they look great with a nice color [​IMG]
     

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