Smoked "Huli Huli" Cornish Hens

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by bama bbq, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. When we were in Hawaii, we went to the North Shore to see the Banzai Pipeline Surfers.  While there, we ate Huli Huli Chicken from a road-side vendor.  Since then, we have made Huli Huli many times.  Today, the admiral mixed up her "Huli Huli" brine that we soaked some cornish hens in for a cpl hours.  I smoked them on the WSM for 2.5 hours over a small load of coals then finished them by removing the center section and placing the grill over the coals that were left and covered them with the kettle lid to crisp the skin.  We served them with a bourbon-orange glaze, corn with cilatro butter, and bacon/teriaki green beans.






  2. miamirick

    miamirick Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    looks beautiful     whats in the hulu huli brine?
  3. Probably not traditional but here's what she does: water, soy sauce, fresh grated ginger, a couple cloves of garlic smashed, orange juice concentrate, and some veg oil.
  4. tyotrain

    tyotrain Master of the Pit

    Man them look great.. bet they were tasty... yes the brine sounds real good can you post it [​IMG]?
  5. 2 quarts water

    2 cups soy sauce

    1 tablespoon vegetable oil

    6 garlic cloves , minced

    1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  6. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Those are beautiful looking birds. Thanks for sharing the recipe for the brine - do you do any kind of rub?
  7. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  8. No rub on our Huli Huli. Just brine and smoke. She adds a couple heaping Tablespoons of orange juice or pineapple juice concetrate to the brine as well ...which is not in the original recipe.  Also, the original recipe calls for the ginger and garlic heated in the oil then added to the water soy sauce mixture.
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2012
  9. werdwolf

    werdwolf Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Wow, this is great.  On the "to do" list.

  10. smokinal

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

    The hens look great! This looks like a real good recipe to try. Thanks for sharing it.
  11. jrod62

    jrod62 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Looks good
  12. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Now thoses hens look awesome.
  13. Now those Huli Huli birds look good! I haven't had any since I lived on the North Shore, years ago! Thanks for the recipe!
  14. My wife is from Hawaii so I might just have to give this a try. Always looking for ways to give her food she is used to.
  15. scrappynadds

    scrappynadds Smoking Fanatic

    making me hungry............Great job........

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