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I'm cooking a duck for the first time

DeanDean Posts: 29
edited 1:45PM in EggHead Forum
I bought a 4 lb marinated packaged duck that I want to grill, and my only experience with duck is that it can be fatty. I'm thinking that if I slow grill it it will have a chance to have much of the fat melt off. Is this an approach anyone would take?


  • SmokeySmokey Posts: 2,468
    dean,[p]Your technique sounds right. I'd love to hear about the results.[p]Smokey
  • MarvinMarvin Posts: 515
    Cook indirect at low temp: ~250 for about 4-4 1/2 hours. It should be tender, moist, skin crispy and most of the fat rendered out. Don't forget to pierce the skin in many places; that's how the fat gets out.
    Good luck,

  • davidmdavidm Posts: 64
    dean,[p]I agree with brother Marvin, except I don't think the skin is going to get very crispy at 250 degrees. I'd go with what he says, but kick the temp up to 350 to crisp up the skin in the last half-hour, and consider doing that at 3 1/2 hours, or when your Polder (you do have one, don't you?) or instant-reading thermometer is within about 15 degrees of the temperature at which you want to pull it off the grill.[p]Let us know!![p]David

  • DeanDean Posts: 29
    thanks for the advice. the duck came out GREAT. I did crank it up the last 1/2 hour and did get some crispiness (though not uniformly, but no matter). the duck has so much fat on it that is bastes the whole time, and is succulent even after this rending process.

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