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Smoked Duck w/pix (QView?)

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by pokey, Aug 15, 2010.

  1. pokey

    pokey Meat Mopper

    We planned a smokin' afternoon with an agenda of duck, pastrami and ABTs, none of which I'd smoked before. We're planning a party for next weekend and I wanted to try ABTs before serving them to company. Anyway,since this is the poultry section, about the duck:

    We had to go to 3 supermarkets to find one, and one it was. There was a lonely frozen bird in the freezer section. We thawed it overnight in a bowl of lightly vinegared (cider) water. When it was just thawed (the parts they stuffed into the inside were still just slightly crystalline, but came out easily), I prepared the bird to marinate. First, I cut the skin with slices about an inch long about an inch aopart to let the fat out when she cooked. I put the bird in a bag with a marinade of half cider vinegar, half soy sauce, actually this stuff my wife bought called Bragg's Liquid Aminos, a soy product that tastes just like soy sauce but isn't fermented. I don't know if the use of this particular product affected the outcome any. It marinated in the fridge for about three hours.


    We sprinkled it inside and out with a 50-50 mix of coarse kosher salt and coarse cracked black pepper. I smoked it for about four hours at 225 using maple wood in the Traeger, then I transferred it to the Weber to cook on indirect, higher heat in an attempt to get the skin to crisp, and put the ABTs in the Traeger. The skin was quite dark, which scared me, but the inside temp was around 165 at that point, with some temps higher: in the leg, for example. The Weber was at about 325 or so.

    The Duck at 4 hours:


    It got really dark (the bird) at that point. It cooked a lot faster than I anticipated, so I wrapped it in foil and put it aside for a while. I wanted the ABTs to finish first.

    The duck at 6 hours, after trying to crisp her up:


    Bottom line: the duck was superb. Served with corn on the cob, potatoes, a side salad and a nice Shiraz, it was an excellent feast.


    A success overall.  And of course, I look forward to trying any suggestions readers may have for the next time.
  2. It all looks perfect to me!! Nice Game Yard Bird . Anyone else come up with a better name for Duck. - Smoked Quacker - I dont know. Anyway it looks great. How did the ABT's come out for ya.
  3. pokey

    pokey Meat Mopper

    Thanks! I put the details of the ABT experiment on the ABT forum. Kind of mixed results, but I'm going to try again.
  4. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That Duck looks good, I need to try that.  I love Duck and have not tried to smoke one yet
  5. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Great looking Duck man. Dang near impossible to find around here. Ihad to order it thru a local market last time I wanted one and it took 2 weeks to get  
  6. werdwolf

    werdwolf Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    OH YA         [​IMG]   That looks good  [​IMG]
  7. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Nice lookin' DUCK !----The best eatin' bird of all !  IMO

  8. Duck is easy to find in Korea.  I will smoke my 1st one in a couple weeks.  Thanks for breaking the ice!  Looks great.
  9. allen

    allen Smoking Fanatic

    Nice looking duck,Excellent job,The meal is making me hungry
  10. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Yeah, a Duck Dinner was easy to find in Vietnam too. Then I listened closer----When a Vietnamese says "Dog", it sounds like "Duck"! [​IMG]
  11. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    [​IMG]Yeah, I know.  I went to the Morning Star Bar in Saigon and ordered stewed rabbit in red wine.  When I told some friends about how good it was, I was informed that there really aren't any rabbits in Vietnam.[​IMG]   BTW, that a nice looking duck.
  12. cheapchalee

    cheapchalee Smoking Fanatic

    Nice looking duck, just never really aquired a taste for it.  Lots of ducks here in Thailand.

  13. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

  14. Smoked duck sounds yummy!  ...and looks yummy too!  I've only ever roasted one...and only once.  I wasn't able to find one in any of the big grocery stores round here, but I did find one at an Asian food market...had all the parts, minus feathers and innards so felt kinda funny choppin off Aflac's parts.  :-D   Wuzn't near as plump as yours tho either...kinda scrawny.  Maybe a lil twisted to take a picture of a dead duck, but here 'tis anyway.  No wonder Daffy has such a lisp with that big ol tongue!

  15. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    That looks good, haven't had duck in years. Gonna have to put that on the list.
  16. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Yea Bear and when they say Monkey it sounds like Chicken....lol