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A couple of Dove for my first QView

post #1 of 9
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The wife and I just love dove season. I shoot'um and she retrieves them (a lot of them anyway!)and we both love to eat them. Our favorite way is to put an onion in the breast and wrap with what else but bacon. We've used jalapenos, apples, other pepper types, persimmons and I'm sure other things I'm forgetting that helps to add flavor and keep it moist.

In case you haven't had dove, they almost have 2 kinds of meat in the breast. "White" meat nearest the breast bone and "dark" meat finishing off the outer layer of the breast. Sort of neat and adds variety in each breast.

Up to now I've always just wrapped, seasoned and grilled on my Weber kettle but wanted to try smoking this time. So I marinated overnight in coke, garlic powder and red pepper. The 2nd bag collapsed while I was filling it and fell over with the coke in it so had to clean up all my counters and floors and add more coke. PDT_Armataz_01_28.gif

Next day I put them on about 1 and they were ready at about 6. Delicious! The meat was a bit denser (not as much difference between texture of inside and outside meats) but much juicier smoking than grilling. Everyone enjoyed them, and I hope you do too.

Here are some pictures:

A bunch of fun helped to make this bag of birds!



Two layers into the ECB


The finished product!


Had to try some of Dutch's beans too. Since the ECB was full, I had to go the oven route. Still, they were great!
post #2 of 9
This looks great, smokeguy. We almost had a dove season here in Michigan, but politics played a role and was put on the ballot and voted down.
But this gives me an idea to try woodcock and grouse.
post #3 of 9
Looks delicious Smoke Guy!!PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #4 of 9
I HATE YOU icon_smile.gif , we cant hunt them in IOWA, they look great, probly a tonafun to shoot, PLEASE dont tell me how great they are, i cant take it anymore. may just have to go spend some money in another state and shoot some in the future.
post #5 of 9
They do look good. I've never had dove but have had quail.........not bad.
post #6 of 9
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Dove hunting is a great equalizer. Just about the time you get to bragging about how good you are, the dove start coming in zigging and zagging 500 miles up and 500 mph and then you look down and see you're standing in a pretty big pile of empties. I love it!
post #7 of 9
The wife and I just love dove season. I shoot'um and she retrieves them (a lot of them anyway!)and we both love to eat them. Our favorite way is to put an onion in the breast and wrap with what else but bacon. We've used jalapenos, apples, other pepper types, persimmons and I'm sure other things I'm forgetting that helps to add flavor and keep it moist.

In case you haven't had dove, they almost have 2 kinds of meat in the breast. "White" meat nearest the breast bone and "dark" meat finishing off the outer layer of the breast. Sort of neat and adds variety in each breast.

Up to now I've always just wrapped, seasoned and grilled on my Weber kettle but wanted to try smoking this time. So I marinated overnight in coke, garlic powder and red pepper. The 2nd bag collapsed while I was filling it and fell over with the coke in it so had to clean up all my counters and floors and add more coke. PDT_Armataz_01_28.gif

Next day I put them on about 1 and they were ready at about 6. Delicious! The meat was a bit denser (not as much difference between texture of inside and outside meats) but much juicier smoking than grilling.
LOL..did ya leave any for seed? with the cost of gas..I stayed home this dove season, But, for the last year I have been puttin out feed blocks for the quail and other neat birds along with bags of wild bird feed. the dove will not leave, they hang around by the hundereds and thousands some times. I have an upper floor with a porch and my back yard is the horizon. no one back there for a fare distance. make a bourbon and coke and my son and i sit there in the after noon doing head shots on them..I have not smoked any, but I use pretty much the same recipes that you all use.
Oh my girls are the retreviers. after the 1st day they hide when they see use head up to the sniper perch.lol. the wife. she would knock me silly if I asked her to fetch..lol.

cheers...
post #8 of 9

Trying this today for the first time.  What temp to ya'll suggest to smoke these little buggers at?

post #9 of 9

Fantastic!  With the late planting this year from spring flooding the corn in the fields where I hunt wasn't picked till about October 1st,  keeping me from hunting this year.  I'm glad I froze many in water from last year.

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