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My first smoked duck on the GMG Jim Bowie

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by lght, Nov 4, 2013.

  1. I'm a huge fan of duck so when I found whole ducks on sale at RD for about $2.70 a lb I picked up a few.  I started off by brinning the duck for 24 hours.  Let it air dry in the fridge and then I cross cut the duck so that the fat can render out easily.  I then applied some Chinese 5 spice, Jamaican season, and a little Simply Marvelous Sweet Apple.  Let it sit for about 4 hours then put it on the GMG JB at 150 for an hour to pick up some smoke.  Then I cranked it up to 350 for about an hour to cook.  Once it was up to around 155 I cranked the grill up to 500 to get a nice sear and finish it off.  Let it rest for about 15 min and served.

    The spices really go well with the duck.  You don't get any gamey taste whatsoever as the brine really cuts through the meat.  Not a lot of meat on ducks, but the breast was moist, tender, and juicy.

    Forgot to take finished picks, but I'll get some when I do the next duck.

  2. foamheart

    foamheart Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Wow ..... I am guessing that is not your first rodeo! Excellant job on that duck. Do you normally still find a gamy taste with a farm raised duck? That sucker has thighs big enough to eat....... Nice duck.

    Excellent smoke.

  3. disco

    disco Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    OOOOO. I love duck and that looks terrific!

  4. Well I've cooked duck a few times, but this was the first on the GMG smoker.  The brine really gets rid of a lot of the "gamey" taste.  For duck brine I use the standard amount of salt, but I also use a cup of dark brown sugar, and toss in a little star anise, cumin, and garlic powder. 

    That in combination with the very hard spices used for the rubs really cuts through the gamey taste.  I really wish I would have taken some finished pics, because it's a really dark Carmel color. 

    Another good thing about smoking duck is all that priceless duck fat I end up with for french fries!! 
  5. Mmmm. Can almost taste it from Illinois. Looks great.
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2013
  6. gabtrac

    gabtrac Newbie


    But what was your brine recipe?


  7. That just looks so good!!!!!! Cheers! - Leah
  8. Mouthwatering. ....will be giving it a go soon