Specklebelly Goose: Field=>Plate View

Discussion in 'Wild Game' started by lifterpuller, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. lifterpuller

    lifterpuller Fire Starter

    MN
    Ok, this is not a legit Qview because I am roasting these specks.

    Although I like smoked waterfowl, it is a meat I prefer to either roast or grill with a small amount of smoke.

    I know there's a few waterfowlers on this board that would like this recipe with whole ducks or geese. It just so happens that I had a couple specks (ribeye of the sky) left in the freezer.

    The hunt:





    The specks are kind of buried in the pile not offering a very good view. These birds are not only known for their excellent table fare, but also their beauty.

    On that hunt we could only legally shoot one/hunter. We could have shot a lot more.

    Here is a decent picture of a specklebelly I had mounted:



    On to the roasting.

    The way I am cooking these birds follows this recipe:



    I also stuff the birds with a finely chopped mix of:

    1 sweet onion
    1 tart apple
    1 heads worth of garlic cloves
    1/4 cup olive oil

    This should be ground to a paste and stuffed in the cavity. I then cap it off with a chunk of apple to keep the paste inside the cavity.

    Season with whatever you want on the skin. I use Tony C's creole.

    Add a couple of beers and a chopped onion and apple to roasting pan.

    Cook at 250 for 4 hours.

    Heading into the oven:



    This should be done around 6:30 tonight...
     
  2. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Keep us updated...Nice pics of those waterfowl-that one on wall is awesome.....[​IMG]
     
  3. meat hunter

    meat hunter Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Oh man, where did you go hunting at? I live in MN as well and this is the only year that not only did we not get anything, we didnt SEE anything. Only a few Canadians. No ducks at all. Thanks for posting that recipe. I have a buddy in Waconia who will love this one. Where in MN are you at?
     
  4. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Did you shoot the whole flock down and I hope that those birds that look like their walking around are decoys. I have only smoked one goose and it was really differant and I really didn't know what I was doing with the bird either. So thanks for the recipe and maybe my next one will come out differant.
     
  5. lifterpuller

    lifterpuller Fire Starter

    MN
    Birds are taking a little longer than normal. After 4 hours at 250 the IT is only 130. So a bit longer to go.

    Meat Hunter, I am by Grand Rapids. I can relate to you regarding the tough hunting you had this year in MN. I did not have nearly as many good shoots in MN as I normally do...the diver hunting was decent.

    The specks and pictures were from North Dakota.

    Here's a picture for a fellow waterfowler, meat hunter...this was not in MN either[​IMG]



    I will be back with the finished product in a bit
     
  6. lifterpuller

    lifterpuller Fire Starter

    MN
    I regret to inform you guys that I forgot to take pics of the finished product. I blame the Crown/waters.

    My apologies. I fail!

    Either way, it was delicious. I highly recommend this recipe for a whole duck or goose.
     
  7. bandcollector

    bandcollector Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Good looking dog you have there! Lost my Lab last year to old age.

    Your hunts seem to have gone very well. Here in Pennsylvania I have been struggling to find the Canadas. Far and few in between. I envy you guys in MN.

    Looks like a great recipe........I will give it a try...........looks like you pluck your birds?

    Take care, John
     
  8. lifterpuller

    lifterpuller Fire Starter

    MN
    Bandcollector I pluck as many birds as I can. It's time consuming and difficult to do when you are hunting out of town though. A lot of times I end up plucking the birds from the last day of a trip.

    Do you smoke a lot of your waterfowl meat?
     
  9. bandcollector

    bandcollector Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I do smoke some of my goose breasts and goose jerky but the majority of it I either do on the grill or bake as goose rolls stuffed with cheese and peppers.

    John
     
  10. coffee_junkie

    coffee_junkie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Love to see some fellow waterfowlers here! Great pics, I love the one with the birds all cupped dropping in.
     
  11. smokebuzz

    smokebuzz Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    well now I know way we did not see many ducks this year in IOWA, YOU ShOT THEM ALL!!!!, Very nice[​IMG]
     
  12. Bump for a fellow waterfowler. Nice pile of birds ya got there. Good looking dawg too!
     
  13. hdsmoke

    hdsmoke Smoking Fanatic

    Nice post! Im an avid 'fowler here in OH. We get mainly Canada's and Mallards. Saw a speck one hunt a couple weeks ago, came in with a flock of Canada's but wouldnt commit. A snow here and there, but im jealous of everyone with a plethora of different species! But, i cant complain too much, we have been hammering the giant Canada's here and having a great season.
     
  14. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice batch of birds! Great looking recipe too. thanks for the post!
     
  15. gene111

    gene111 Smoking Fanatic

    nice bunch of birds will have to try that recipe out!! We got into some canadians in early season 4 of us killed 17 birds 6 with bands!!
     
  16. brohnson

    brohnson Smoking Fanatic

    Nice pic of birds there, great work! :)
     
  17. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Wow Gene...nice haul!
     
  18. forktender

    forktender Meat Mopper

    HARDCORE WATERFOWLER HERE !!!!
    Specks are by far the best eating bird ,bar none in my mind.
    Nice pile of birds there ![​IMG]
     

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