Dove season is in full swing in Texas, so it’s the perfect time to try out a few new dove recipes. The great thing about dove meat is that it is rich, dense and dark. It has an excellent flavor by itself, but you can also pair it nicely with many other foods – especially bacon.
That’s what makes this bacon-wrapped dove recipe so tantalizing. To start things off, soak your dove meat in salt water before wrapping a slice of bacon around each breast. At this point, you are ready to cook your dove. One of the best ways to get the most flavor is by cooking over a charcoal grill. However, you can also get amazing results by simply grilling over a gas grill or baking it in the oven.
You can find a bit more instructions on cooking this delicious pairing in this video.
This simple recipe is delicious on its own, but you can also dress it up a bit. For example, if you marinate your dove in equal parts of soy sauce, honey and Italian dressing overnight, you will get a completely different taste. Sprinkling garlic salt, lemon juice, liquid smoke and Worcestershire sauce over the dove before you start wrapping it in bacon will also give a smoky, irresistible flavor.
One thing to keep in mind when you are cooking dove is that it can be a bit dry, especially if you accidentally overcook it. The bacon will help by insulating the meat, but you will also want to watch your cooking times. Always make sure to cook your doves close together to keep moisture inside.