How to make it

  • Rinse hens inside and out. Butterfly hens by cutting down the backbone with poultry shears. Press hens firmly, skin side up, with palms of hand to flatten. You should hear the cartilage crack a bit. Rinse both sides again. Combine chili power, cumin, cinnamon, salt, pepper, garlic and olive oil into a paste. Coat both sides of hens. This should be plenty of coating for up to six birds. Marinate for 8-12 hours.
  • Start charcoal fire using real mesquite if available. Set up grill for indirect grilling. When ready, add soaked mesquite chips. Grill birds over indirect heat turning frequently for about 30 minutes. Combine whisky, honey powder and honey in a sauce pan and boil about 3 minutes. Add hot sauce to taste. Test flavor. Depending on the whisky you might need a bit more, or more honey.
  • When birds are done, spoon sauce over, turn and cook about 2 minutes per side. Add sauce to the up side of each bird each time. So, the birds should be cooked about 6 minutes. Watch for burning.
  • A hungry man will eat a whole hen. But, they can also be cut in half for more dainty appetites.

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    " It was excellent "
    luisascatering ate it and said...
    I love the spice combinations, sweet... smokey... these must smell outrageous on the grill while they are cooking. Nice one. Added to my new group "the gourmet grill", along with many of your other grill recipes :-)
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    " It was excellent "
    theoldprof ate it and said...
    Say now....that sounds more than a little good. I gotta give this a whirl. By the way, your handle 'Merlin' is very good. Maybe a little magic in the 'little birdies' recipe, maybe.
    Thanks for sharing and have a great cooking day.
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  • lunasea 12 years ago
    Oh wow - this sounds so tasty. I'd eat half of ne now and the other half later....hehehe. I wil be making this soon. Thanks so much, Merlin...
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    " It was excellent "
    kukla ate it and said...
    LOVE the sound of this! The dry-rub marniade, with the honey-Whisky glaze must be tantalizing to the tastebuds! Thanks, Merlin :)
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  • tinam 12 years ago
    The whiskey is for my honey and the honey is mine! thanks for this great post and welcome to the foodies! I know I will enjoy your recipes...
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  • invisiblechef 12 years ago
    Cornish Hens was the very first dinner I ever made my husband ( although he wasn't my husband at the time). First time I had ever made them actually. But this is a much better version.

    I agree this recipe does sound very good.
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  • shirleyoma 12 years ago
    I bet I could a whole one! Especially like this! Sounds so good!
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