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Barrel House Cooker Smoked Cornish Hens

Yields8 ServingsPrep Time30 minsCook Time1 hr 30 minsTotal Time2 hrs

No more fighting over the breast, wing or leg. With smoked Cornish hens everyone gets their favorite piece.

Barrel House Cooker Smoked Cornish Hens

 4 Cornish hens
 1/2 cup poultry BBQ rub

Cut each Cornish hen in half, removing the backbone. Rub each half with one tablespoon of your favorite poultry BBQ seasoning. Let rest at room temperature while you set up the cooker.


Light your coals with a chimney starter. Let burn for 10-15 minutes. Dump into the basket of the Barrel House Cooker. Set the intake to your altitude setting. Set the barrel onto the base, and let the coals burn for another 5-10 minutes with the lid open. Place the H-frame in the barrel.


Pierce one hook through the backside of the breast and under the wing tip. Hang. Close the lid and cook until the internal temp reaches 165 degrees, about 1 1/2 hours.


Remove from the cooker. Let rest for 15 minutes. Serve.