Originally Posted by KC5TPY
Well I'lll throw a wrench in the works. Is it a wild or farm raised duck? I don't have the book. If wild I can see the soaking to get rid of some of the "game" taste if you don't like that. If farm raised I don't see the point. I would salt, pepper, pierce the skin all over and refrigerate overnight uncovered and smoke. Yep, refigerate if using the buttermilk recipe. WOW! Why am I the only one who keeps preaching old school simple?
You are correct regarding refrigerating a duck that is being marinated. It does not matter if the duck is wild or farm raised. If you choose to marinate any fowl it should be done under refrigeration.
In regard to the "game taste" you referred to. In my opinion there is no such thing as a "gamey" taste regarding wild fowl. It is merely an unfamiliar taste. If you had never eaten a chicken before its unfamiliar taste would be "gamey" to you as well. Just a matter of getting used to a flavor/taste that's all.
Best of luck with your smoking, John