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By Bianca

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I know we all get asked…so do you eat what you kill?

Of course we do!! Last year was my first experience dove shooting, and it was a blast! I wanted to share a simple yet delicious way that my family and I took our dove meat and made a meal out of it. 

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If you’re like me, time is of the essence. So here is a quick and easy way to make an amazing meal out fresh dove that your whole family will love! My kids had no idea this was not chicken!

I advice soaking your meat over night, this has always proven to leave a more desirable lingering flavor in the game meat. A very close friend of mine taught me early on to soak in Italian dressing, liquid. Yep, you read correctly, Italian dressing over night. After removing the breast meat from each bird, I cut the meat into smaller pieces-big enough to fill half of a jalapeño pepper. Let this marinate in the fridge over night.  

  •  Breast meat from 10 to 15 doves
  • 5-7 jalapeño peppers, halved and deseeded
  • 1 pack of bacon
  • 1 cup of Colby Jack cheese
  • 1 half pack cream cheese
  • toothpicks
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup of soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoons onion powder


Taking the powders and liquids, I mix this together and let the meat soak to absorb flavor for a 4-6 hours, you can drain off the Italian dressing, or leave it to be mixed in with.

To construct the poppers, I half each jalapeño, removing the seeds.

Take the cream cheese, and Colby and mix this together, can be little tricky as it is thick.

In each jalapeño half, smear the cheese mix in the bottom of the jalapeño , then lay strips of dove meat over this. Add as little or as much as you like.

I prefer using a  whole strip of bacon, but half a strip can be used. Wraping this securely around each jalapeño half and securing the end with a toothpick. ( I soak my tooth picks in water leading up to cooking to help them burn less)

Heat your grill and intend to cook these low and slow! Each of us like our bacon and meat cooked a little different. I like my poppers to have the cheese bubbling, and the bacon, crispy! Making the jalapeño tender on the inside. Checking every 4-6 minute is advised.


My friends and family go nuts over dove poppers, I will say there is one down side….I can’t shoot enough doves to keep us in dove popper heaven all year long! Best be sure to take your limit while you can, dove season only comes twice a year around here. We are ready to get our shotguns blazing after another batch of these chicken of the sky tasty little treats.


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