Smoked Cornish Game Hens

Smoked Cornish Game Hens

When you’re tired of sharing you’re chicken, try smoked cornish game hens for a perfectly sized delectable poultry dish.

Serves: 2
Prep time: Approx.30 minutes
Cook time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

cornish game hens


2 Cornish Game Hens
1 lemons cut in half
2 Bay leafs
Dry Rub
2 TablespoonPaprika
1 Tablespoon Poultry seasoning
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon Fresh Cracked Pepper
Bay leaf

Honey Mustard Glaze

½ cup Honey
1 cup Dijon mustard
¼ cup orange juice
Dash or two of Sriracta sauce


  1. Rinse and dry the birds inside and out.
  2. With a fork, punch holes around the lemon then cut in half.
  3. Mix paprika, poultry seasoning, salt and pepper. Rub the inside and outside of the birds with it.
  4. Push lemon and bay leaf inside the cavity of each bird.
  5. Prep the grill for indirect medium heat (350° F) using the heat deflector. Consider using a rack for the birds & placing a drip pan beneath the grate to catch drippings. Add cherry or apple wood chips when the grill temp reaches 250F.  
  6. Place the Cornish Game Hen on the rack and you’re ready.
  7. Increase Grill Temp to 375F by adjusting the bottom and top temperature controls to finish cooking
  8. Remove the Cornish Game Hen when the internal temp reaches 165F degrees
  9. Let the Cornish Game Hen to rest for five minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute you’ll have a juicy bird. Discard the lemon and Bay leaf from the inside of the bird. Plate and serve.

finished cornish game hens

Directions for the Honey Mustard Glaze

  1. Mix all ingredients in bowl and brush on Game Hens during the cooking process. Apply within the last 30 minutes of cooking. Apply with brush.
  2. Reserve some glaze to finish the birds before serving. Serve with your favorite vegetables and rice.
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