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Bourbon Bacon Smoked Game Hens

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Our Bourbon Bacon Smoked Game Hens were dressed to impress. We had one of Patti’s best friends over for dinner and we wanted to make something extra, extra special, but not with taking a lot of time to prepare. So, we came up with a delicious three ingredient entrée. Rock Cornish Game hens are always popular because everyone gets their own little chicken. This will be a great recipe for the upcoming holidays, too.

We used the Bull Rack system on our Char Griller Acorn Kamado and smoked our hens to perfection.  A “Kiss of Smoke” with Pacific Pellet Gourmet BBQ Pellet Mountain Maple in a smoke tube.


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Spatchcock Your Hens

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Cut the Membrane and Flatten Out the Chicken

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Load Up the Your Bull Rack System

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A Kiss of Smoke

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Bull Rack System on the Kamado

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Sauce after 30 Minutes

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Time to Bring Them In

About our Recipes

by: Ken Fisher – DateNightDoins.com

We do our recipes on our patio where we have a lineup of grills, including Louisiana, Green Mountain, Royall, Memphis, Traeger pellet grills, Char Griller side box smoker, Saber, Charmglow, Char-Broil, The Big Easy, Pacific Living Outdoor Oven, Lodge Sportsman’s, Brinkman and Weber. I call it our “Wall of Grill”. Our grilling styles are healthy and low fat and will fit pelletheads, gas, natural wood and even charcoal purists. Almost any of our recipes can be done on any kind of good BBQ.

The important thing to keep in mind is TIME & TEMPERATURE. You can even do some of them in the oven or crock pot, but, then you lose all the flavors you get from cooking outdoors. But sometimes it does rain.

Remember that a recipe is simply an outline; it is not written in stone. Don’t be afraid to make changes to suit your taste. Take it and run with it….

Live your Passion and Do What You Love
Ken & Patti

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Ingredients

  • 4 game hens, spatchcocked and about 24ozs. each
  • Swimmin’ in Smoke Salt Free Chik Bait, to taste
  • Briggs True Bourbon Bacon BBQ Sauce, to taste

Instructions

  • 1. Spatchcock your hens and season them. Spray your Bull Rack trays with a cooking spray for easy clean up. Place your birds on the Bull Rack trays and then onto the grill. We smoked these for an hour at 275 degrees (135c) saucing them at the halfway point.
  • 2. When the chicken reaches an internal temperature around 175 degrees (80c) pull it off, cover it and let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving. I like chicken around 180 to 190 degrees because it the meat flakes apart nicely. U.S.D.A. safe is 165 degrees (74c). Keep in mind that the meat will continue cooking for another 5 to 10 degrees after you pull it off the grill. I use a Maverick ProTemp Instant Read Thermometer for checking meat temps.
  • 3. Note: I get a lot of questions about the kind of pellets you can use with a recipe. Keep in mind that a recipe is just an outline. Some you need to follow closely like when you are making bread, but most you can do anything you can dream, our favorite way to cook. Feel free to mix and match the pellets until you find a combination you really like. Also you are only smoking at temps less than 250 degrees (122c), anything higher is cooking and there will not be much if any smoke so it does not matter what kind of pellet you are using.

Instructions

  • 1. Spatchcock your hens and season them. Spray your Bull Rack trays with a cooking spray for easy clean up. Place your birds on the Bull Rack trays and then onto the grill. We smoked these for an hour at 275 degrees (135c) saucing them at the halfway point.
  • 2. When the chicken reaches an internal temperature around 175 degrees (80c) pull it off, cover it and let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving. I like chicken around 180 to 190 degrees because it the meat flakes apart nicely. U.S.D.A. safe is 165 degrees (74c). Keep in mind that the meat will continue cooking for another 5 to 10 degrees after you pull it off the grill. I use a Maverick ProTemp Instant Read Thermometer for checking meat temps.
  • 3. Note: I get a lot of questions about the kind of pellets you can use with a recipe. Keep in mind that a recipe is just an outline. Some you need to follow closely like when you are making bread, but most you can do anything you can dream, our favorite way to cook. Feel free to mix and match the pellets until you find a combination you really like. Also you are only smoking at temps less than 250 degrees (122c), anything higher is cooking and there will not be much if any smoke so it does not matter what kind of pellet you are using.

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