YIELDS: 6 Servings PREP TIME: 10 mins COOK TIME: 1 hr TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 10 mins

Whiskey brined BBQ'd game hens are the way to go! The flavors from the whiskey brine plus using a coke can adds a tons of moisture making the hens so tasty!


2 game hens 

1 gal water
1 cup kosher salt
2 cups granulated sugar
½ cup brown sugar
2 tbsp garlic, minced
2 tbsp peppercorns
3 bay leaves
2 cups Honey Whiskey
1 orange cut in quarters

Large stockpot
Instant read thermometer


  1. Pour the whiskey into a large pot and boil until reduced by half.
  2. Add the garlic, salt, sugar, brown sugar, peppercorns, and bay leaves.
  3. Add a few cups of water and stir until sugar and salt are incorporated.
  4. Add the rest of your water. Bring to boil for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and add 5- 8 ice cubes.
  5. Once cool you can add your poultry. Transfer to the fridge and let brine for 8 - 24 hours.
  6. Once the game hens have brined, take them out of the fridge and pat them dry with a paper towel. Let them sit out to get to room temperature.
  7. Preheat your grill to 400°F. 
  8. Use a coke can or beer (with the coke in it) and insert it into the opening of the hen.
  9. Place the hens on the preheated grill and let them do their thing. Pull the hens out when they hit 165°F internal temperature, about 1 hour cooking time.
  10. Serve and enjoy!