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Sweet And Spicy Cornish Game Hens

Sweet And Spicy Cornish Game Hens are the perfect way to enjoy Cornish game hens with a bit of a kick to them. Use a pellet grill to add smoke flavor!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Marniate16 hrs
Total Time20 hrs 5 mins
Course: BBQ, Entree
Cuisine: American, BBQ, smoking
Servings: 2 Servings


  • Cornish Game Hens
  • Smoky Honey Habanero Seasoning
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  • Pull your Cornish game hens to thaw out if frozen, I leave mine in the fridge for a day or on the counter.
  • Once the hens are thawed rub them down with olive oil and place your oiled hen in a container.
  • Season to taste with Spiceology Smoky Honey Habanero, salt, and pepper to taste.
  • For best flavor allow the Cornish Game Hens to set for at least a couple hours. I tend to season them the night before smoking. be sure to keep the Cornish game hens in the fridge if you aren't smoking in a short time frame.
  • An hour before you are ready to smoke the hens remove them from the fridge, this allows them to reach room temperature before putting on the smoker.
  • Start your smoker up and get it rolling smoke.   I used Pit Boss Grills Mesquite pellets but you can use any flavor of pellets to smoke your chicken.
  • Once I get my Pellet Grill rolling smoke I left it on the smoke setting with a P Setting at P7.
  • Set your Cornish Game Hens in your smoker and allow them to smoke.  They will slowly start to increase in temperature by default but this is also cold smoking because there isn't an active heat.
  • When you are close to wanting to heat turn the smoker up to 225 degrees.
  • As the Cornish Game Hens cook be sure to rotate the hens and flip them as needed.
  • Use a meat thermometer to check that your chicken has cooked to 160 degrees. 
  • Remove and serve!!!



What To Serve With Sweet And Spicy Cornish Game Hens: