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Plenty of duck need some ideas

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Hi All,

New to the smoking setups.

Had a smoker since christmas and loving all the great feeds it has given.

After some ideas on doing some ducks and chickens. Had a cull on the weekend and got 10 ducks and 2 chickens.

So i thought it was a good time to try some different brines/ rubs/ marinades and do some testing.


Any ideas woul be great.



post #2 of 7

This is great on any Poultry...JJ



Families Favorite Brine


1/2C Kosher Salt

2T Paprika

2T Gran. Garlic

2T Gran. Onion

2T Dry Thyme

2T Black Pepper

1C Vinegar (Any)

1-11/2Gal Cold Water to cover Chix


1/2C Brown Sugar, Optional

1T Red Pepper Flake Optional


Mix well and Soak the Bird over night or up to 24 Hours.

Remove the Chix, rinse if desired and pat dry with paper towels.

Place in an open container in the refrigerator overnight or up to 24 hours for the Skin to dry.

This will give a crispier skin when Smokng or Roasting...


Bubba Chix Rub


1/2C Raw Sugar

2T Paprika (I use Smoked if I'm just Grilling)

1T Cayenne

1T Gran. Garlic

1T Gran. Onion

1tsp Black Pepper

1tsp Wht Pepper

1tsp Allspice

1tsp Bell's Poultry Seasoning or Thyme


Mix well. You can put directly on the skin or mix with Butter, Oil or Bacon Grease and rub on and under the Skin.

Reduce Cayenne to 1teaspoon if less heat is desired.


Good Luck!

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post #4 of 7

One of the fellas I work with does a lot of hunting and gave me 6 pheasants earlier this month.  I imagine this will work for duck as well.  Can't remember where I got these instructions but this is how I prepared my pheasants;


Pheasant Brine & Smoke





2 quarts apple juice
1 cup kosher salt
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 onion, medium, chopped
5 garlic cloves, smashed
6-8 whole cloves, crushed
4 ounces ginger roots, sliced thinly
3 oranges, quartered
1 dash cayenne pepper
6-8 bay leaves
2 TBLS butter

1 TBLS onion powder
1 TBLS garlic powder
1 TBLS parsley, dried
1/2 TBLS white pepper
1/2 TBLS paprika


Bring to boil apple juice, salt, sugars until salt and sugars are dissolved. Allow to cool to room temperature for about 30 minutes.

In large container, combine onions, garlic, oranges, cloves, bay leaves, ginger and cayenne pepper.

Add apple juice mixture and stir well. Add pheasant, cover and refrigerate overnight,

When pheasants have finished brining, rinse and dry them with paper towels. Season pheasant on all surfaces with seasoning

Smoke with apple wood for 4 to 6 hours at 200 degrees or until pheasant reach 165 degrees.


I smoked the pheasants on my Weber Genesis gas grill using Todd Johnson's A-Maze-N AMNPS for the smoke.  Used a Maverick ET-732 Remote Smoker Thermometer (also from Todd) to monitor grill/smoker and pheasant temps.  Here's photo of the operation;



Here's a close up of the finished pheasants.  The pheasants are directly over the AMNPS and you can see TBS coming up through the birds.

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Sorry, here's the closeup picture of the smoked pheasants;


post #6 of 7
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Looks great smoked the ducks last night. Turned out great. Trying to put some photos up but not working at the moment.
post #7 of 7
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Great duck.
Water crackers, smoked duck and cream cheese with fresh herbs.
1 duck down 7 to go!!!!!
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