Grilled Dove with Maple

Discussion in 'Wild Game' started by yard dog, Sep 7, 2008.

  1. yard dog

    yard dog Fire Starter SMF Premier Member

    Had a thought today while dove hunting and put it to the test. This may not be new to some folks, but it was new to me and tasty too.

    Dove breast
    Rib Rub
    Brown Sugar
    Maple Syrup
    Apple Juice

    Start with well cleaned dove breast and sprinkle with your favorite rib rub.
    Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least one hour.

    After the breast are well chilled, wrap with a strip of bacon and secure with a toothpick.

    Grill breast over medium low heat until the bacon is almost crisp.

    When the bacon is almost done remove the breast from heat and cover with foil.

    Heat syrup in a sauce pan adding just enough apple juice to thin it a little and allow it to reach a simmer.

    Dip each breast in the pan to coat it and sprinkle a very small amount of brown sugar on top of each one.

    Grill at medium high heat turning continuously until the bacon is crisp and the glaze has thickened.

    Add any side items you want, open an ice cold beer and enjoy. [​IMG]

    I was worried that they would turn out to sweet but the crowd was making them disappear so fast I barely had time to get this pic before they were gone too.

    Another idea I had was to add a slice of jalapeño to each breast before wrapping. Then cut the meat off the bone, add cream cheese, onion, ect.... and make a fattie [​IMG]
  2. capt dan

    capt dan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice job and great recipe! If ya got lotsa company, you best shoot a ton of them things![​IMG]
  3. yard dog

    yard dog Fire Starter SMF Premier Member

    Thanks Capt Dan, it turned out better than I thought it would. I been shooting as many as I can but it never seems to be enough.
  4. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I thought to sweet sounding-glad it wasn't.But it sure sounds good -better with the jap.
  5. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yard Dog, those look and sound great! I will give your recipe a try, thanks!!
  6. cman95

    cman95 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Yard Dog, I will have a plate please. Those do look good. I like to put the dove breast in a tupperware dish and pour coca-cola over them and a can of rotel tomatoes also. Cover and set overnight, wrap with bacon and grill those puppies. Not trying to hijack your thread, just throwing out another idea. Thanks for sharing.
  7. waysideranch

    waysideranch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Fantastic birds. I will be trying this as well. Great looking.
  8. yard dog

    yard dog Fire Starter SMF Premier Member

    Thanks all, it was just a thought that past through my mind while waiting on the next set of birds to come through. I did make a few with plain ol' water to cut the maple and no brown sugar and I liked them better but try any variation and see what you think.
  9. motorhedd

    motorhedd Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Yard Dog you owe me one keyboard for making me drool all over mine![​IMG]
  10. gobbledot

    gobbledot Meat Mopper

    I been shooting too yard dog but i've not scored toooo much. I shot 5 shells and got 1 bird [​IMG] . It is sounding like i might get hungry [​IMG] . If I do get enough to cook I am going to try this, Thanks...

    I been shooting as many as I can but it never seems to be enough.[/quote]
  11. pigeon/dove breast is great meat. Cooks in stews like beef - but the best use is to biltong the whole breasts. Makes really great biltong :)
  12. davidmcg

    davidmcg Meat Mopper

    OK Yard Dog you silly Razorback, you've done it now. From the looks of this recipe I would say you have stumbled onto something really great. Now I will have to get the shotgun out for dove after years and years without them. Gave up dove years ago and just waited for pheasant season. I believe tomorrow morning after I get home from work will be a great time to go get the dove. Thank you very much for this.
  13. yard dog

    yard dog Fire Starter SMF Premier Member

    [​IMG] Sorry MotorHedd, guess I should have included a disclosure that covers me for liability claims[​IMG]

    Thanks gobbledot. I'm using an old antique Stevens Model 311 and averaging about 70%. But those things are real shy now and coming in like a stinger missle so my average will probably drop drastically by this weekend.[​IMG]

    Biltong is similar to jerky so it might be a hassle on a small morning dove. I might try it though curious aardvark, thanks for the idea[​IMG]

    Thanks dave. I love dove season because it gets me out in the field early and hones me for the up coming seasons. After further taste tests I think this would go good as a side meat. I think a big Ol' skillet full of scrambled eggs with taters and onions and these on the side might make a good breakfast at camp.

    Thanks to all who replied, who would have thought that a brain fart would generate this much interest[​IMG]
  14. Dont know about you guys, but the dove around here have been shot at enough that Top Gun pilots aint got nuttin on these birds.
  15. meat-man

    meat-man Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Nice job bud [​IMG]

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