Campfire Recipe: Cornish Hens with Raspberry Balsamic Glaze

What a surprise my husband had for me during a recent camping trip. You see, it was our anniversary, and as usual I planned the meals, packed the clothes and prepared for the trip. One evening, my husband suggested I take a walk along the lake. I thought it was a little odd but I took advantage of the situation. When I came back to camp, the recipe below was prepared along with a nice glass of wine. I hope you enjoy my anniversary recipe, and save it for just that special occasion.

Campfire Recipe:  Cornish Hens with Raspberry Balsamic Glaze


Liquid or spray oil

2/3 cup of seedless raspberry jam

½ cup of balsamic vinegar

8 slices of bacon

4 Cornish Game Hens

Salt and black pepper



  1. Build fire to prepare the coals.
  2. Place grilling rack on top the fire once it has burned down a bit.
  3. Put raspberry jam and balsamic vinegar in a small Dutch oven or saucepan. Place on grilling rack and simmer until the liquid is reduced by half. This should take 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Once the liquid has been reduced, remove from heat and allow to cool.
  5. Take bacon slices and place in skillet.
  6. Place skillet on grilling rack and cook for 5 minutes. You want the bacon to still be translucent.
  7. Once the bacon is done, take up the bacon and place on paper towels to drain.
  8. Take each Cornish Game Hens and cut out the backbone. Split the hens in half length. Set aside.
  9. Prepare a 12 inch Dutch oven by first greasing it with either liquid or spray oil.
  10. Line the 12 inch Dutch oven with aluminum foil.
  11. Prepare the Cornish Game Hens by first drying them off with paper towels. Once that is done, sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  12. Put hen halves in the 12 inch Dutch oven bottom up first. Brush with glaze.
  13. Flip the hen halves up and brush with remaining glaze.
  14. Wrap a piece of bacon around each prepared Cornish Game Hen.
  15. Put lid on Dutch oven. Move to a heat resistant surface.
  16. Move 12 prepared coals to the heat resistant surface and arrange in a circle.
  17. Place the 12 inch Dutch oven on top.
  18. Cover the lid with prepared coals.
  19. Cook for 45 minutes.
  20. Once that time has passed, remove the coals from the lid, and check for doneness. If not done, return the lid to the Dutch oven, cover with prepared coals, and cook for another 15 minutes.