Beer Brined Smoked Cornish Hens
The flavor of the beer as well as the onions, garlic and seasoning really comes through in these cornish hens due to the brining process. Great for when you have guests or a family dinner.
- 4 cornish hens ((or one per person))
- Spicy brown mustard
- Jeff’s original rub
- Jeff’s barbecue sauce
- 1 Onion , yellow (chopped)
- 6 cloves Garlic
- 36 ounces Beer (3 (12 ounce) bottles)
- 1/2 cup Coarse kosher salt
- 6 cups Ice cubes (1.5 quarts)
Beer Barbecue Sauce
- 1/2 cup Jeff's barbecue sauce
- 1/2 cup Beer
Make the Beer Brine
Put all ingredients except ice in a large pot and bring to a boil stirring occasionally.
Cover and let sit for about 10 minutes
Add ice cubes and stir to cool down. Finish cooling in fridge if necessary.
Brining the Cornish Hens
Place the chickens in a zip top bag or other brining container
Pour cold brine over birds to cover.
Place brining container/bag in the fridge for 4 hours
After 4 hours, rinse cornish hens under cold water
Smoking the Birds
Place meat breast side up directly on smoker grate
Smoke cook at 250°F for about 2 hrs or until they reach 165°F in the thickest part of the breast or thigh
Brush on beer barbecue sauce (recipe below) about 30 minutes before chickens are done cooking. (reserve some for dipping later)
Beer Barbecue Sauce Instructions