Roasted Pheasant Wrapped in Bacon

November 5, 2017

Whilst in my local farm shop the other day (https://www.theweyhillfarmshop.co.uk/) I was perusing the counter deciding what to cook on the barbecue this weekend and as it t'was the season I decided on pheasant.  I knew this was going to be a bit of a challenge on the barbecue as its renown for being a dry meat, and even with a slow cook it wasn't going to be easy to keep it moist.  I didn't really have time to brine, so I went for bacon to let some of the fat melt into the bird.

 

After wrapping in bacon, I used some of Don Marcos Crazy Chicken and Mafia Coffee rub.  I cooked it over cherry smoke at about 275F for about 45mins till the internal leg temperature was 175F.  I let it rest and served it with some vegetables and Yorkshire puddings done in the oven (my wife is getting a bit tired of barebcue as of late!).

 

 Verdict?  A brine would have definitely improved the meat, but I likely got away with it this time.  I would also consider rubbing with butter.

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