Maple-Cranberry Game Hens Recipe

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Maple-Cranberry Game Hens

Brining is a must-have technique for your grilling bag of tricks. Try it out with tender, juicy game hens and you can't go wrong.

  • 2 1-1/4- to 1-1/2-pound Cornish game hens
  • 6 cups white cranberry juice or white grape juice
  • 1/2 cup maple-flavored syrup
  • 1/4 cup coarse salt
  • Remove giblets from game hens, if present. Rinse hens. For brine, in a stainless-steel or enamel stock pot or plastic container combine cranberry juice, syrup, and salt; stir to dissolve salt.
  • Carefully add game hens to brine. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 4 hours, turning hens occasionally.
  • Remove game hens from brine; discard brine. Rinse hens and pat dry with paper towels. Tie drumsticks to tail with 100%-cotton kitchen string.Twist wing tips under back.
  • For a charcoal grill, arrange medium-hot coals around a drip pan. Test for medium heat above pan. Place game hens, breast sides up, on grill rack over drip pan. Cover and grill for 50 to 60 minutes or until hens are no longer pink (180 degrees F in thigh muscle). (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Adjust for indirect cooking. Grill as above.)
  • Remove game hens from grill. Cover with foil and let stand for 10 minutes before carving. Makes 2 servings.
Nutrition Facts
  • Calories 807, Total Fat 45 g, Saturated Fat 12 g, Cholesterol 346 mg, Sodium 1180 mg, Carbohydrate 36 g, Fiber 0 g, Protein 59 g. Daily Values: Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 100%, Calcium 4%, Iron 14%.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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