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Herbed Hickory-Smoked Cornish Hens recipe

Hickory chips are widely used to add flavorto grilled turkey or ham, here it is used with Cornish hens.

Recipe: Herbed Hickory-SmokedCornish Hens

Grill Ingredients:2 1/2 cups hickory chips
Cornish Hens Ingredients:3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary*
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage leaves**
1 tablespoon dry sherry, if desired
4 Cornish game hens, thawed, giblets removed
2 cloves garlic, cut in half
16 whole sage leaves

  • Cover hickory chips with water in mediumbowl; soak 30 minutes.
  • Heat one side of gas grill to medium orcharcoal grill until coals are ash white. Place coals to oneside in charcoal grill. Make aluminum foil drip pan; place oppositehot coals. Cover hot coals with hickory chips.
  • Stir together butter, rosemary, 1 1/2teaspoons sage and sherry in small bowl; set aside.
  • Rub skin of game hens with cut garlic.Gently loosen skin over breast of each game hen; place 4 sageleaves under skin. Tie legs together.
  • Place game hens on grill over drip pan.Baste with butter mixture. Grill for 40 minutes; turn. Bastewith butter mixture. Continue grilling until no longer pink (30to 40 minutes).

    Makes 4 servings.

    *Substitute 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary.

    **Substitute 1/2 teaspoon dried sage leaves.

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