Grill-Roasted Cornish Game Hens on a Gas Grill

Why this recipe works:

Our ideal grilled game hen recipe would deliver smoky flavor, crisp skin, and moist meat. We found that by butterflying the birds we could keep all of the skin on one side, which meant it became crisp more quickly when placed facing the coals. Butterflying also produced a uniformly thick bird,… read more

Our ideal grilled game hen recipe would deliver smoky flavor, crisp skin, and moist meat. We found that by butterflying the birds we could keep all of the skin on one side, which meant it became crisp more quickly when placed facing the coals. Butterflying also produced a uniformly thick bird, promoting even cooking.

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Serves 4

If your hens weigh 1 1/2 to 2 pounds, cook 3 instead of 4, brine them for an extra 15 minutes, and extend the cooking time in step 5 by 10 to 15 minutes. Thaw frozen game hens in the refrigerator for 24 to 36 hours before brining. To add smoke flavor to the hens, use the optional wood chips.

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