Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
This is a recipe I use when I am in the mood for BBQ Cornish hens (or about a 3 pound chicken)without firing up my grill or smoker. I have one of those Toaster Ovens that have a rotisserie built into them. I simply rub the hens (or chicken) down with the rub, set the timer to 60 minutes and the temperature to Max and if I wanted to, walk away. But instead, I like to baste my birds so they turn out moist and flavorful. The combination of the rub (Very Spicy) and the "mop" (Very sweet) reminds me of a girl I once knew - oops! Another story!! The apple juice is a great addition to a mop because it is not an overpowering flavor, and adds sweetness to the meat. This recipe works well in a sprayer, but can also be brushed on. Shake well each time before spraying. Both the rub and the mop can be used on the grill (Gas or charcoal)
- 2 Cornish hens (or one 3 pound chicken)
For the rub
- 1⁄4 cup salt
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons white pepper
- 1 tablespoon garlic salt
- 1 tablespoon paprika (Hot Hungarian best)
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon red pepper
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
For the mop
- 3 cups apple juice
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1⁄2 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1⁄2 cup cider vinegar
- For a G.E. Countertop Oven with Rotisserie:.
- Combine all the ingredients of the rub. Use on poultry: lightly brush bird with olive oil, then rub spice mixture over and under the skin. Let marinade for up to 12 hours.
- Warning: Do Not reuse leftover rub or marinade after it has been applied to meat or poultry; it may contain harmful bacteria.
- Use a baking twine to secure the bird(s) legs and wings to keep from flopping around as the rotisserie is turning.
- Position a rotisserie fork at the opposite end of the spit from where the point is located and secure into position using the thumbscrews.
- Thread the spit through the bird(s) cavity and secure the fork into the meat of the bird.
- Place the second fork onto the spit and secure into the meat.
- Insert the pointed end of the spit into the rotisserie motor and the other end into the support.
- Place the drip pan in the oven in the lowest position to catch the drippings.
- Turn the timer to the Stay on position (I set mine to 60 minutes then to 30 minutes so I have to check on the birds). Allow to cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
- For the mop:.
- Mix all ingredients in a pot, and heat over med/low for 20 minutes.
- Let the mop cool before placing in a sprayer.
- Moisten the birds by spraying the mop onto them about every 20 to 30 minutes during cooking.
- Birds are done when juices run clear and the legs separate from the birds easily.