Upland Game Recipes

Rabbit Braised with Pears

Braised Rabbit with Pears

In most parts of the country, rabbit dishes are not as popular as other game animals. Big game, upland birds and waterfowl seem to be to quarry of choice for most American hunters. I suppose that doesn’t upset the rabbits all that much. I suspect they would rather hang out with their buddies than in…

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Smoked Quail Salad

Smoky quail, just cooked and still tender, tossed with a spirited vinaigrette and served atop a mound of crisp lettuce – delicious! To smoke your game, use a Camp Chef smoke vault to get mesquite, hickory or other flavors into your meats.

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Caesar Pheasant Salad

Easy Caesar Salad with Pheasant

Great way to use up leftover upland game birds like pheasant, quail or dove. If smoked, even better. If you have leftover pheasant that you end up not using, then freeze it using a FoodSaver vacuum sealer – try their outdoor editions, especially made for hunters.  

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Smoked Wild Turkey Lettuce Cups

While you can prepare this recipe with raw, not smoke-flavored wild turkey breast fillets, a mild smoke really does make it mo betta. We soaked our turkey breasts in a brine of 1 quart water, 1/4 cup garlic salt.

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Tomato, Basil and Lemon Marinated Doves

Enough with the bacon-wrapped doves already.  I get it.  It’s good.  But there are many other ways to grill these lean, dark sky darts.  Here’s one of my favorites.  Don’t forget to zest the lemons before squeezing out the juice!

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Spicy Marinated Grilled Chukar

By request from a KFBK listener who I met at the Sacramento International Sportsman’s Expo in 2014. A friend gave him a pile of chukar and he asked for a little help on how to cook them. We’re talking spicy, but not too spicy, and not overcooked. This recipe will also work with any light-fleshed…

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