Thai Grilled Chicken: Smoked Soy-Honey-Rum Cornish Game Hens
Recipe type: Main Dish
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Serves: 6-8
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 cup rum
  • 1 tablespoon whole coriander seeds, cracked
  • 1 tablespoon white or black peppercorns, cracked
  • 1½ cups honey
  • 10 large cloves garlic, smashed
  • ¼ cup table salt
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 4 1.25-lb Cornish game hens
  1. Put all of the ingredients, except the hens, in an 8-quart stockpot; stir to dissolve the salt and the honey.
  2. Put the Cornish game hens in the brine making sure the birds are fully submerged.
  3. Refrigerate 12-24 hours.
  4. Remove the birds from the brine and pat them dry with paper towel. Discard the brine.
  5. Tie the legs of each bird together. Smoke them using your favorite method and equipment, following the manufacturer's instructions. See post for tips.
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