Grilled Quail with Bacon Barbecue Glaze

Total Time:
40 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
30 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 8 quail, rib bones removed (about 4 ounces each)
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup Bacon-Barbecue Glaze, recipe follows
  • Bacon Barbecue Glaze:
  • 1 pound bacon, diced
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onions
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Directions

Preheat a grill.

Pat the quail dry with paper towels and position them in 1 layer on a baking sheet or large plate. Use a pastry brush to lightly coat each quail with some of the oil on both sides. Season the quail with the salt and pepper on both sides.

Transfer the quail to the grill and grill for 3 minutes on each side. Brush the quail with the bacon-barbecue glaze and cook for 1 minute longer, just until the glaze starts to caramelize, turning mid way to ensure even cooking on both sides. Serve immediately.

Bacon Barbecue Glaze:

Place the bacon in a medium pot and cook until golden brown and the fat is rendered, about 5 minutes. Remove the bacon and drain on paper towels. Remove all but 1/4 cup of bacon fat from the pan. Add the onions and cook, stirring, until the onions are soft, 4 minutes. Add the tomato paste and stir to incorporate. Add the vinegar, soy sauce, Worcestershire, and hot sauce. Stir well and bring to a boil. Add the sugar, salt, red pepper, and cooked bacon, and cook at a boil until the sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until thickened, 7 to 8 minutes. Remove from the heat.

With a hand-held immersion blender or in a food processor, lightly pulse to finely chop the bacon. Transfer to a bowl until ready to use.


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