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How can I cook a duck

JakeJake Posts: 92
edited 10:45PM in EggHead Forum
A friend of mine is going duck/goose hunting over the weekend. He has promised to bring me back some if I will egg them. Now all I need is a recipe (or two). Thanks in advance.


  • JLOCKHART29JLOCKHART29 Posts: 5,897
    Planing on doing these in a few. They were flying 4 hrs ago. Make rub of heaping teaspoon cumin,level teaspoon allspice,1/2 tablespoon salt. Rub mix into duck well and let set over night if can. Stick 1/2 apple inside of duck and cook indirect at 325 till coldest part of breast is 155. No more. If you cook wild duck where NO red anywhere it will dry out. NEW08003-1.jpgut.
  • The simplest method for duck I have ever used has resulted in no leftovers in like 15 years.

    Just use the same upright racks you would use for chicken and cook it hot.

    Duck is very oily and the upright cook will cause that oil to run out (use a drip pan below...) and leave nice, crispy skin & meat the pulls easily off the bone. I've done them in the oven and on various grills.

    Don't put anything in the cavity (beer cans, apples, etc) since one of the things you're shooting for is the heat cooking from the center as well.

    Season the skin with whatever rub you like for chicken or turkey.

    Just my $0.02
  • Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 8,248
    This works for domestic duck, not sure about wild ones.

    Duck, Whole, Richard

    1 3-5 Lb. Duck, Whole
    6-8 Whole Garlic Cloves
    1/2 Medium Onion, prefer sweet, but they all work
    1/2 Cup Rosemary, Fresh, if available
    1 1/2-2 Cups Italian Salad Dressing
    Black pepper, Fresh Ground, to taste
    2-3 Lemons, Juice only
    1/2 Cup Teriyaki Sauce, Optional but great if you like the flavor
    ½ Tsp Chinese 5-Spice, Optional, use sparingly because it can overpower the duck!!

    1 Place the ingredients in a blender and course puree, save some of the whole rosemary to sprinkle on the duck and fire. Pierce the duck with many tiny drain holes. This helps the marinade get in and the grease to get out. In a large container marinate 4-6 hours or overnight in the refrigerator
    2 I have a large BGE and I get it set up for an indirect with drip pan beneath with water, beer or apple juice, 2-3 cups. Get BGE to 325°-350°F. Place duck on a vertical rack and cook about 60-90 minutes. Have no clue about internal temperature Baste every 20 minutes or so with leftover marinade from drip pan. After 20 years of doing this in the oven and now BGE for last 4, I just kinda eyeball the bird like other poultry for doneness. CAREFUL not to dry out. Or you can slow cook 225F-250F for 4-5 hours indirect.
    3 If you have fresh rosemary the left over branches are great for smoke. For wood: I have used hickory, cherry, guava and a few others I have forgotten about. I do not like a lot of smoke because the duck can be over powered and it is an acquired flavor just to like duck for many people.
    *********SIDE DISHES********
    1 Fresh asparagus, Uncle Ben's Original Wild rice w/chopped water chestnuts, pine nuts, and diced scallions. Ronrico has a pecan flavored rice in most grocery stores that is to die for with this dish. Also a couple of sweet onions quartered in heavy aluminum foil with pat butter, little powdered chicken boullion, pepper, tightly wrapped and placed on BGE for 30-45 minutes until soft to touch, IT'S HOT.
    2 Nice bottle of your favorite wine.

    Recipe Type
    Main Dish, Poultry

    Recipe Source
    Author: Richard Howe

    Source: BGE Forum, Richard, 05/25/90

    01/29/06--Cooked a 6.3# bird today, marinated overnight added 4oz soy sauce and 1/2 tsp 5 spice chinese seasoning and placed vertical indirect @300 for 1 1/2 hours, breast temp @140, removed indirect and set direct @ 300 for 30 min temp 140'ish. shut down BGE and left bird in 1/2 hour. Total time in BGE 2 1/2-2 3/4 hours. Placed tapioca starch of skin and it was good, but due to low temps did not get crispy, my choice. This internal temp 140-145 does not dry out the duck.
  • JLOCKHART29JLOCKHART29 Posts: 5,897
    Do you know how to get to the "new" Egg forum? There are alot of responses to your question there. Also check out my thread "Tonights Egg sacrifice" over there. The duck is on!

  • We do an annual duck dinner and the recipes are in various cookbooks that I have so if any hit your fancy let me know. I'll try and find the recipe. I hate to type, might have to wait till I figure out my scanner and send it to you:



    FEBRUARY 12, 2005








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