For Christopher’s birthday this year we decided to have a few friends over for a little bit of an upscale BBQ dinner. My original idea was to make beer can chickens. But, when we built our new grill (the night before the party) we noticed that there wasn’t enough room for large chickens to stand up in the grill. So, we made a few tweaks. We decided to get some cornish hens (one per person) and since there’s no way a regular beer can would fit in the cavity, we got some small tomato paste cans and filled them with garlic and our favorite beer.
The spice rub was a combination of stuff I had in the pantry and sounded good. We were so happy with the way these came out!
6 Cornish Hens (or one per person)
6 Cans Tomato Paste
1 Bottle Chimay Beer (or your favorite brew)
6 Cloves Garlic
4T. Brown Sugar
2T. Blackening Spice
1T. Poultry Seasoning
1/2T. Italian Seasoning
Remove hens from packaging and remove giblets from cavity. Rinse and pat dry.
Combine all spices in a small bowl. Massage spice rub all over chickens, making sure to get some under the skin.
Remove label from tomato paste cans. Open cans and remove paste (freeze for later use). Wash cans well and dry.
Add one garlic clove and beer of your choice to the clean cans – fill about 3/4 of the way.
Put cans on a sheet pan and lower the chickens on top.
Grill at 350 for one hour. Make sure to remove the cans before serving. Enjoy!
Husband Rating – 4.5 out of 5 – “Wonderful birthday meal!”