How To Smoke A Cornish Hen?

How long does it take to smoke two Cornish hens?

Set up smoker for cooking at 230 to 260°F.

If you can maintain the higher temperature, the hens will only take about 1.5 hours.

At the lower end, they will take about 2 hours.

Continue cooking until they reach 165°F as read by a digital meat thermometer.

How long does it take to smoke a hen?

Roughly speaking, it takes about 3-5 hours to smoke a whole chicken, or approximately 45 minutes per pound at 250 degrees F.

How do you smoke a hen?


  • Setup up smoker for 250F using wood of choice.
  • Rinse the chicken under cold water.
  • Tie the legs together using kitchen string or butcher’s twine.
  • Generously rub the bird with the spice rub.
  • Place the birds on the smoker racks and leave in the smoker until they reach an internal temperature of 165F.

How long does it take to smoke a chicken at 225 degrees?

Place the chicken in the smoker and smoke, maintaining a smoker temperature of between 200° and 225°F, replenishing the wood chunks or chips as needed, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of a leg registers 165°F, 3 to 5 hours.