Cheerwine Barbecued Cornish Hens - VeryVera

Cheerwine Barbecued Cornish Hens

If your looking to try a new sauce on your Cornish Hens, this Cheerwine sauce is sure to satisfy!

  • Prep Time: 30m
  • Cook Time: 30m
  • Total Time: 1h
  • Serves: 8 people


Cheerwine Sauce

  • 2 Cornish hens
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 c Cheerwine
  • 1 c ketchup
  • 2 tbsp. white distilled vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cayenne pepper
  • 3 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

Cornish Hens

  • Lawry's Seasoning (to taste)
  • Garlic Powder (to taste)
  • Onion Powder (to taste)


Cheerwine Sauce

  1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer until the sauce is slightly thickened, about 30 minutes.
  3. Use soon or cool, cover, and refrigerate for up to one week.

Cornish Hens

  1. Preheat the grill to 350° to 400° (medium-high) heat. (If using charcoal, the embers should be covered in gray ash with glowing centers.) Oil the grill grate generously.
  2. Spatch-cock the hens with kitchen sheers cutting the spin out of the Cornish Hen.
  3. Lay the hen skin side up and season on both sides with Lawry's Seasoning, garlic powder and onion powder.
  4. Place the chicken skin-side down on the hot grate; cook until the skin browns, about 10 minutes. Turn the chicken over and continue grilling until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest portion registers 170°, about 10 to 15 minutes longer.
  5. Transfer 1 cup of the Cheerwine sauce to a small dish, reserving the rest. Brush the skin side of the chicken with sauce from the dish; turn skin side down and cook 2 minutes. Brush chicken with more sauce; turn skin side up and grill 2 minutes.
  6. Arrange the chicken on a platter, tent loosely with foil, and let rest for 5 minutes. Discard any remaining sauce in the small bowl because it has come in contact with the raw chicken and would be unsafe to eat uncooked.
  7. Serve the barbecued chicken warm with the reserved sauce.