Yummy little birds...
I brine my birds after cleaning in salt water for an hour or so prior to putting them in the freezer. ( Sometimes it takes multiple hunts to make enough for a meal) I have grilled and smoked quite a bit of quail over the years, and I always brine them. One thing I usually do is smoke it for maybe a half hour, then wrap it inside foil with a little butter, salt and pepper, and sliced onion to finish it, if I have bacon grease, I'll use that instead of butter and cut back on the salt. I clean my birds without the skin, so I have to be really careful about them drying out. They are little so they are really easy to overcook. I have made my share of quail jerky! Pretty bad if the dog won't touch it... Good Luck!