Smoked Cornish Hens

Smoked Cornish Hens for Man Food Mondays




Yield 4



  1. Stir together first six ingredients in a large pot or bowl.
  2. Submerge Cornish hens in mixture.
  3. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours.
  4. Remove hens from marinade and blot dry with paper towels. Remove the onions from the marinate and reserve onions and marinade.
  5. Heat the smoker to 325 degrees. If using a water smoker, add marinade to the bowl.
  6. Mix together garlic, black pepper 3 Tbsps. kosher salt, and paprika. Rub over hens.
  7. Slice the orange and then halve the slices. Stuff hen cavities with orange slices and onions from the marinade.
  8. Place a basil leaf underneath each wing.
  9. Smoke for about two hours. At this point the wood should burn up, but continue to cook over hot coals for another two hours.

Courses Entree

Cuisine American

Recipe by From Calculu∫ to Cupcake∫ at