1/2 cup lime juice
1/4 cup tequila
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons orange liqueur
2 cloves garlic -- minced
4 (1 lb) Cornish hens
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper


Combine first 5 ingredients in heavy-duty zip-top bag; add hens. Seal and chill 8 hrs, turning occasionally. Remove hens from marinade; reserve marinade. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Pour marinade into a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 min.

Prepare grill by piling charcoal or lava rocks on each side of grill, leaving the center empty. Place a drip pan between coals. Coat food rack with cooking spray, and place on the grill.

Arrange the hens on rack over drip pan, and grill, covered with grill lid, over med-high heat (350-400 degrees) 35 min. Brush with reserved marinade; and grill 25 more min. or until done.

NOTES : Cornish hens may be baked, covered, at 325 degrees for 1 hr.