Smoked Cornish Hens
Smoked Cornish Hens - If you're like every one else, you love the thought of having your own little chicken to munch on. A smoked Cornish hen is just the ticket and it couldn't be any easier! 4 hours at 225ºF should do the ticket ... My biggest surprise was how much meat a smoked 1 pound/2 ounce Tyson All Natural Premium Cornish Hen has. I initially thought that one Cornish Hen for each of us would be perfect but in hindsight, one Cornish Hen was more than enough for the two of us. You can see by the plating photos just how far half a Cornish Hen will stretch. Hope you like peas as much as I do. Vacuum sealed and froze the other Cornish Hen to be enjoyed at a later date.
Rinse the Cornish hens and lightly pat dry with a paper towel making sure to include the cavity of the hen. Rub extra virgin olive oil inside the cavity and under/on the skin of the hen. Season the Cornish hen inside the cavity and under/on the skin with a combination of McCormick Montreal Chicken Seasoning and Fagundes Seasoning. Use silicone cooking bands rather than butcher twine to tress the hens. The food grade cooking bands are safe to 600ºF and are dishwater safe. Use Wrap the seasoned Cornish hens in plastic and refrigerate for 4 hours.
Preheat your MAK Grill wood pellet smoker-grill or grill of your choice to 225ºF using your favorite wood pellet flavor for poultry. I seem to gravitate towards Hickory when smoking poultry but apple, cherry, or a blend of pellets also works great.