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Recipe From from Weber's Real Grilling™ by Jamie Purviance

Cornish Game Hens with Garlic-Mint Butter

  • People

    Serves 4

  • Prep Time

    35 min.

  • Grilling Time

    45 to 55 min.

Serves 4
Prep Time
35 min.
Grilling Time
45 to 55 min.

the Ingredients

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  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 115 grams (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint leaves
  • ½ teaspoon finely grated lime zest
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon prepared chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 Cornish game hens, each 570 to 680 grams, giblets and wing tips removed

Special Equipment

  • butcher's twine


  • 01 Prepare the grill for indirect cooking over high heat (230° to 290°C).
  • 02 Roughly chop the garlic and then sprinkle the salt on top. Using both the sharp edge and the flat side of a knife blade, crush the garlic and salt together to create a paste. Put the paste in a small bowl and add the rest of the butter ingredients. Mix well.
  • 03 Working from the cavity end of each hen, run your fingers between the skin and flesh of the breasts and legs to loosen the skin without tearing. Divide the butter mixture and use half under the skin of each hen, massaging from the outside to spread the butter mixture evenly over the breasts and legs. Spread the remaining butter over the entire surface of the hens. Truss the hens with butcher’s twine.
  • 04 Brush the cooking grates clean. Grill the game hens over indirect high heat, with the lid closed, until the juices run clear and the meat is no longer pink at the bone, 45 to 55 minutes. Remove from the grill, loosely cover with foil, and let rest for 3 to 5 minutes. Serve warm.

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