Huckleberry Grilled Doves

 Huckleberry Grilled Doves

Hunter. Angler. Gardener. Cook.

What you need:

  • 12-16 doves
  • salt
  • olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 cups blueberries or huckleberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup tomato puree
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary

What to do:

  1. Salt doves well and let them rest while you make the sauce.
  2. To make the sauce, heat the butter. Sauté the onions for two minutes, then add the garlic and cook another minute. Mix in the remaining ingredients and simmer gently for 30 minutes, stirring gently.
  3. Turn off the heat and allow the sauce to cool a little. Pour it into a blender and puree, then return to clean pot. Keep warm over low heat.
  4. Coat the doves in the oil and get your grill very hot. Grill the doves breast side up, with the cover down, over medium-high to high heat for two minutes. Lift the cover and cover them with the BBQ sauce. Cover the grill again and grill for another 8 to 10 minutes, depending on how well-done you like your doves. Remove to a platter and add a little more sauce.