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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Bourbon Chipotle Cornish Game Hens

Does this ever happen to you?  We know we are in the mood for something..but we are not sure what that something specifically is. This definitely happens to us. 

We knew we wanted to grill because it was a glorious sunny, warm evening. We knew we wanted to use some of the Chipotle Bourbon Barbecue Sauce that we'd made but we knew we wanted something different than the usual. We were up at Whole Foods in Seattle and although there were many great fresh choices we decided to go with the Cornish Game Hens because we don't use them much and it would be something different.

G went online and found some inspiration for how to best grill them. He found a technique for splitting them down the back bone.

He first seasoned them well. 

Then grilled them flat, basting them with our Chipotle Bourbon  BBQ sauce. 

They looked beautiful directly off the grill if not even kind of cute.

We served them with our Roasted Beet and Quinoa Salad with Chipotle Cinnamon Dressing. 

We had our scrumptious barbecued hens with this supple and jammy Temperanillo made by Hesetia.


Bourbon Chipotle Barbecue Sauce:

  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 3/4 cup bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 chipotle chiles, chopped w/ adobo sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne


Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender and process until smooth, about 15 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Pulse 2 or 3 times. Store in a sterilized container until ready to use.

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