How Do You Grill Your Dove?

I’m by no means an expert on cooking wild game. But as luck would have it, I don’t have to be. I’ve got friends (Tom and John) who’re masters at cooking wild game.

Dove season opened here (like it does pretty much everywhere) on Labor Day and Tom was nice enough to share his “catch” with us!

He was a good sport and played along because we all know that if you’re in my life, you’re fair game for blog fodder.

Anyway, I thought I’d share the wonderful goodness that were these delightful little birds. I actually love to dove hunt, but as it happens, life keeps me pretty busy, so I’ll just live vicariously through The Adventures of Tom and John.

This is a three step process (after the birds are cleaned, of course – and I don’t clean birds, so I’ll leave that part out and to the hunters):

1. Make a yummy marinade.

Marinade recipe:

1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup oil (I used olive oil)
1 tsp each of ground ginger, ground mustard and garlic salt

It’s best to let the dove sit all day (or so I’m told) but we didn’t have all day. We had about 4 hours. So we added a touch of vinegar to help speed up the “marrying” process.

2. De-seed and chop some jalapeños and split the breast into two pieces.

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3. Start the grill, turn the heat to low, make a tray from tin foil, and get cooking. It will take about 10 minutes to cook.

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Doesn’t it look tasty?

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And finally, you’re ready to enjoy this goodness. And believe me, it is goodnessssssssss…

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How do you cook Dove?

Happy Trails!

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