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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


  • 2 Cornish Game Hens
  • 1 Lemon, cut in half
  • 2 Bay leaves

Dry Rub

  • 2 Tablespoon Paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon Poultry seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon Fresh Cracked Pepper
  • 1 Bay leaf

Honey Mustard Glaze

  • ½ cup Honey
  • 1 cup Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • Dash or two of Sriracha sauce
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Rinse Cornish Game Hen, then 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, and rub the inside and outside of the Cornish Game Hens with it.
  4. Place the bay leaf and then push the lemon inside the cavity of each bird.
  5. Prep the grill for indirect medium heat (350° F) using the heat deflector and Cooking Grid Elevator. Consider using a rack for the Cornish Game Hens and placing a drip pan beneath the grate to catch any dripping. Get the temperature of the Saffire up to 250° F. Now add cherry or apple wood chips for the first 45 minutes of cook time.
  6. Place the Cornish Game Hen on the rack and you’re ready.
  7. Then raise the temp. to 375° F and finish the cooking.
  8. Cook the Cornish Game Hen until the internal temp reaches 165° F.
  9. Allow the Cornish Game Hen to rest for five minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute so you’ll have a juicy bird. Discard the lemon and Bay leaf from the inside of the bird. Carve and serve.

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 with a brush.
  2. Reserve some glaze to finish the birds before serving. Serve with your favorite vegetables and rice.

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