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Skinless Muscovy duck

Discussion in 'SMF News' started by pabs, Sep 3, 2018.

  1. pabs

    pabs Newbie

    tx
    How to smoke one that is skinless. I started raising them and butcherd one and skinned it because I didn’t to go through scalding process.
     
  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Smoke at 225 to a doneness you like, 120 rare, 130 med/rare, 140 medium, 150 med/well, 160 for well done. A Dry Brine will add flavor, hold moisture and tenderize the meat. Mince a large garlic clove an fresh Thyme Leaves from a few sprigs. Next mash this with a Tablespoon of Kosher Salt until it looks like wet sand. Rub the meat well and refrigerate overnight. Turn and massage the meat the next morning. An hour before cooking, Rinse, pat dry, and and place in front of a fan to form a Pellicle, a tacky surface coating of protein, that will absorb smoke...JJ
     
  3. Now would be a great time to section off the leg/thighs for brining and then smoking. Then cure the breasts into Duck Prosciutto.
     
  4. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That is a great idea! I have 2 whole Perkins that are large and very fatty. Even slow rendered, until the skin was crisp, left more fat under the breast skin than the kids would eat. These fatty breasts would make perfect Prosciutto...JJ
     
  5. pabs

    pabs Newbie

    tx
    thanks to all..decided to not smoke this time. was afraid it wouldnt turn out good without skin so sliced breast after briming and chicken fried it since husband was not too keen on eating duck but he liked it. will butcher another later and try to leave skin on.
     
  6. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have eaten Pekin and a few others but not Moscovy. Most I have read describe the meat as dark red closer to beef than poultry. How would you describe it and any cooking suggestions? Thanks...JJ
     
  7. pabs

    pabs Newbie

    tx
     
  8. pabs

    pabs Newbie

    tx
    Yes. It is dark and was similar to eating steak. Since this is first one I can only say slice breast and cook like chicken fried steak. Will try smoking and slow cooker method another time. I also brined it. I used the broth and made dumplings. Very good.
     
  9. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sounds good to me...JJ
     

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