Most of the country is in for some nice weather this week (finally).  I plan to BBQ at least once, don’t you?  I like barbecuing because I can prep the meat and then let my husband take over.  It also tastes wonderful.  Here is a recipe for BBQ Cornish Game Hens.  My hens are defrosting as I speak type and I’m looking forward to throwing them on the grill this week.  With meat this good, there is no reason to get crazy with sides.  If you want a more relaxing dinner, just pair these hens with some corn on the cob and baked potatoes – two things you can also throw on the grill and forget about while you enjoy some family time.     

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 2 Cornish game hens (1 to 1-1/2 pounds each)
  • 3 Tbs. Olive Oil
  • 1/3 c. Lemon juice
  • 1 Tbs. Coarsely crushed black pepper
  • 1/2 Tsp. Salt
  • 1 Sprig fresh rosemary (optional, but will really make the dish!)


Split the hens lengthwise, rinse and pat dry. In a small bowl, combine olive oil, lemon juice, crushed pepper and salt. Place the hen halves in a plastic bag. Set the bag in a bowl. Pour the marinade over the hens. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight, turning the hens occasionally. When the charcoal briquets are medium hot, arrange them around a drip pan in a covered grill. Just before grilling, add the rosemary sprig to the coals. Remove the hens from the marinade and place them, skin side up, on the grill over the drip pan. Cover the grill and cook the hen halves for 45 minutes or until done, basting occasionally with the marinade.

Don’t they sound great?


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