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Post Mon Oct 07, 2013 9:05 am
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This past weekend, I headed down to our family's ranch The Dos Locos outside of Goliad, Texas for our annual Guy's Dove Hunting Trip and I thought I'd share some pictures.

You may or may not know that I went to Baylor and am a huge fan. Hard to snap a picture flying down I35, but here's the new stadium they are builing right on the Brazos river.

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The wife asked me to stop and get her a new Baylor shirt for the upcoming Homecoming game. While I was there, I spotted this. If anybody is looking for ideas for a Christmas present for me...

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After hunting Thursday night (I got 2 dove, weren't really flying), it was time to pull out Old Faithful, my offset that retired down to the ranch after getting the Egg. On the menu was just some simple wings. Unfortunately, there were no tots involved. :(

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Maybe it was the ambiance, being down at the ranch all by myself, no distractions, just a cold bourbon and coke and a book, or maybe I did something right, but these were the best wings I have put out in a long time. It wasn't the recipe as I did them the way I always do. Better than any I've done on the Egg in a long time. Regardless, it was a good, quiet first night alone before everybody was sheduled to come in on Friday.

Fast forward to Saturday afternoon. I wanted to cook up something for lunch that would hold us through the evening hunt until we could get back, start a fire and grill steaks for dinner. Awhile back, I saw on a friend's blog called NibbleMeThis do some Smokey Pork Tenderloin Sliders and I knew it would be perfect. I started off with 4 yellow onions (he used Vidalia, but I couldn't find them), sliced thin for carmelized onions. He did his on the grill and I was planning to as well, but at the last minute, just did them on the stove.

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Next up was the tenderloins. I used Salt Lick rub in lieu of what he used. Good, but it was a bit peppery. Would probably use a different rub next time.

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He glazed his with a bacon honey mustard sauce. I was planning on doing that, but there was no honey to be found at the ranch, so mine got a bacon mustard sauce glaze right at the end, pulled at 140F. Sliced super thin, as thin as you can get it.

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My plate up picture wasn't the best, because I wasn't sure I was even going to post anything about it, but at the last minute I figured what the hell. Served up on King's Hawaiian Roll sliders, pork tenderlion, coleslaw, carmelized onions and bacon mustard sauce. This stuff was the bomb. Off the hook and the chain both. No, seriously...it was really freakin' good.

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So good, I'll probably serve it at the next Eggfest I attend. Or tailgate party. Heck, there's still a bit leftover and I'm having it for lunch today and I'm still excited about it.

And just in case you wanted some proof that we did do some hunting, here's a few I got. Ended up only getting 8 total. I'm telling you, they really weren't flying, but I did take my oldest and best friend and saw him shoot his first dove. He was super excited and now I think he is hooked so it was all worth it. That about wraps it up for another successful Annual Guy's Dove Hunting trip.

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Post Mon Oct 07, 2013 10:45 am
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The sliders look great - did you put the sauce together on the fly or was it based on something you've made before?

It's good that you got there a day early and had some time to yourself. I get together with a group of friends every summer and I plan it so that not only do I get there the day before the official party, but I also get an overnight stay by myself at a state park somewhere along the way so I can do some hiking.

Post Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:32 pm
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Nice cooks, Griffin! Glad you got a few doves as well. :D

I got a few bushy-tailed tree rats this weekend with the new .22 pellet gun, but nothing to take pics about.
Unlike propane, you'll never wake up scorched and naked in another county because you mishandled a bag of briquettes.

Post Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:35 pm
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SC - this was the recipe for the Bacon Honey Mustard Sauce, 'ceptin we didn't have no honey at the ranch. It also came from the NibbleMeThis blog.

Bacon Honey Mustard Dressing
makes 1 cup


Ingredients
2 strips bacon, cooked
1 Tbsp reserved hot bacon grease
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
2.5 Tbsp yellow mustard
1/4 tsp Season-all or other all purpose seasoning
1-2 pinches cayenne pepper
1/4 cup honey
Instructions

Mince the bacon very finely. You want it to be almost dust - bacon dust. I like to use a mini-food processor. You should have about 2 Tbsp of bacon crumbles.
Add all ingredients except the honey. Then slowly stir in the honey, tasting for seasoning as you add. I like to use the whole 1/4 cup but if you don't want it as sweet, use less.

I ended up working a half day on Thursday (5: to 9:30am) and then it took me an hour to get loaded up and on the road and 5.5 hours to get to the ranch. I had to stop in one town to get what I think is the best beef Jerky, in Waco to get the wife a Baylor shirt and then another stop in Luling to pick up some BBQ at City Market (wasn't overly impressed) and one final stop to get ice and some stuff I forgot in Yorktown just before the ranch. Long drive, but it got me there in time to go out and hunt dove for a few hours by myself before it got dark. The rest of the night I just unwound and relaxed. Also got to get in a morning hunt on Friday before everybody showed up.

CG- I was able to take down 8 total. Not very impressive. Bummed that I decided to sleep in and just leave on Sunday because a front came through Saturday night and as I'm leaving the ranch I was seeing a ton of dove flying on the roads. :(

Post Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:18 am
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CharredGriller wrote:
I got a few bushy-tailed tree rats this weekend with the new .22 pellet gun, but nothing to take pics about.
Not until they go on the grill, that is. :wink:

Post Tue Oct 08, 2013 3:01 pm
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ScreamingChicken wrote:
CharredGriller wrote:
I got a few bushy-tailed tree rats this weekend with the new .22 pellet gun, but nothing to take pics about.
Not until they go on the grill, that is. :wink:


Not enuf meet on a squrl anyways. Gotta stew 'em. :twisted:
Unlike propane, you'll never wake up scorched and naked in another county because you mishandled a bag of briquettes.

Post Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:24 pm
Steven Grilling Guru
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I had bacon-grilled dove breasts in San Antonio earlier this week. Awesome!
SR

Post Thu Oct 10, 2013 7:50 am
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Steven wrote:
I had bacon-grilled dove breasts in San Antonio earlier this week. Awesome!
SR

That's how we do them. Give 'em a short brine first, small slice of jalapeno and some cheese and wrap it in bacon. Good stuff.


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