Cocoa Chili Game Hen
My Sailor friend Tony came down for a visit and that always means BBQ, beer and some “Sailor Man Tall Tales”. We all know how those sailors are… I wanted to do something a little different on the grill this time just to keep him happily wondering. Best buddies do that. Patti usually stays over at a friend’s house when we get together, but she was feeling brave and she loves these little chicks.
I have been playing around with cocoa and chipotle chili for some time now and have found a cocoa chili blend from McCormick’s Gourmet Collection that works. If you have seen many of our recipes you know that I am just a little fond of chipotle chili. McCormick uses Chipotle in this blend. Good Stuff.
Patti got us some nice game hens and I did a good cocoa rub on them. Then, onto the Royall Wood Pellet Grill/Smoker. I smoked these girls at 180 for an hour with pecan wood pellets.
Then, I put a little heat under them for 30 minutes. They came off the grill tender and juicy with the meat just at the point where the bird just pulled apart. No knife needed tonight; just the way I like my birds.
But, the kickin’ part was the flavor. They were rockin’ with the full sweet flavor of the cocoa then rollin’ with the low heat of the chipotle chili. Man, were they good, no leftovers tonight, Patti hated that part.