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Campfire Cooked Cornish Hen

1 Person Per Hen
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 60-90 Minutes


1 Cornish Hen (1-1.5 lbs)
Honey (I like a squeeze bottle)
Butter (or margarine, again I like a squeeze bottle)
Salt and Pepper

The most important thing to remember when cooking hen's over the campfire is that the flames are not best for cooking, the glowing hot coals are. so light your campfire and allow a good bed of coals to build. Find a 5'-6' long branch (or sapling), about 1"-2" in diameter, that is preferably forked on the end. Remove all branches except for about 10" of each side of the fork. You should now have a tall "Y". Remove the giblets and thoroughly rinse your bird. Thread your hen, legs first down the length of the stick and tie each leg (extended) to a portion of the "Y". Salt and pepper your hen inside and out.

Now, once you have a good bed of coals squeeze butter and honey onto and into your hen. Prop your bird firmly into place 2'-3' above the coals. You need to cook the bird slowly and evenly so rotate frequently (every 10-15 minutes), and squeeze with butter and honey often.

When done eat with fingers or fork straight from the stick. I sometimes use honey as a dipping sauce.



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