Here at Char-Broil®, we like to share unexpected surprises – good surprises! In the hundreds of recipes we’ve had the pleasure of sharing with you, we have shown you how to become a Grilling Guru with some unique takes on some regular favorites. Never again will you have tepid turkey, cheerless chicken, or boring beef.
Now, we think you’re ready for something COMPLETELY different – quail! The New York Times once called quail “a bundle of contradictions in a tiny package.” That’s because it’s mostly known for its eggs, and it kind of looks like it missed a few trips to the bird feeder – but its meat is packed with flavor and it is a pleasure to prepare in your own home.
Here’s a recipe – with one of our favorite enhancements, bacon – that will have you cooing for quail again and again!
- 2 dressed (butterflied) quail per person
- 1 strip thick-cut bacon per quail
- Jalapeño pepper cut length-wise, seeds removed
- 1/8 cup generic steak dry seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
- Mix dry ingredients and rub quail on all surfaces.
- Place strip of bacon on clean cutting board and place quail breast-side down on top of it.
- Place 1-2 Jalapeño pepper halves in cavity and fold sides of quail around the pepper, holding legs while wrapping the bird in bacon.
- Use a toothpick if necessary to hold together, or use two longer skewers to hold quail in place.
- Lightly mist the surface of the bacon-wrapped quail with canola or other vegetable oil.
- Preheat grill to medium heat of approximately 350°F.
- Place bacon-wrapped quail on clean grates.
- Close hood and allow to cook, turning once with tongs, until the temperature of the breast meat reads 160°F with an instant read thermometer (about 15 - 20 minutes).
- Remove from grill and remove from skewers for service.