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#1 Wister Junkie

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 02:10 AM

Got a pellet grill and wanted to know if anyone smokes their ducks. Most recipies online were with farm raised ducks, not wild. I'm thinking skin on and smoked might turn out ok. Any recipies/tips appreciated.

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 09:43 AM

I don't own a pellet grill but I'd be doing it if I did based on the breasts I've had at duck camp. They were still med rare, not the all day thoroughly smoked deal. 



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Posted 06 November 2018 - 12:38 PM

I have a pellet grill and I've been looking to do this as well with some whole plucked mallards.  Hank Shaw has the best info I've found, here's the link.  https://honest-food.net/how-to-make-smoked-duck/


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Posted 07 November 2018 - 10:17 AM

Hey Wister Junkie.

 

On a few trips to Idaho, we smoked our ducks so that we could transport them back home in our luggage.  One important step was brining (at least overnight).  I can't recall the brine ingredients specifically.  For sure we added salt to the water and possibly some sugar, maybe some cayenne for heat, too.  Pretty vague, I know but you could find some simple recipe online.  To my point, the smoked breasts were really good.  Give it a shot. 

 

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Posted 07 November 2018 - 08:34 PM

Getting a dog or several dogs would solve this problem.  hehehe


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Posted Yesterday, 01:16 AM

I’ve done it quite a bit, but not in many years. I never perfected it, but had some pretty good results. I always try not to overlook duck, and I ruined some pretty good birds by over-doing it. I did it with and without skin, and can’t tell you if it was better one way or the other. I do remember the skin as being nasty to eat.
If you are not smoking to preserve it, I would say to use the smoker to flavor the duck, and finish in the oven, on the grill, or even in the smoker with heat only, if your smoker can do that. I like mine medium rare. I like it juicy.

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Posted Yesterday, 01:17 AM

Did I mention not over cooking it.?




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