September 21, 2023


Elegant Food

Smoked Duck with Soiled Rice

8 min read

Some time again, I picked up a few home geese and cooked them within the smoker they usually have been actually, actually good.

My household went loopy over this smoked duck recipe and I’ve little question that yours would too should you select to cook dinner these in your smoker. They do make a superb vacation meal however they’d be nice nearly some other time as properly.

  • Prep Time: half-hour
  • Cook dinner Time: 4-5 hours
  • Smoker Temp: 240°F (116°C)
  • Meat End Temp: 165°F (74°C)
  • Really helpful Wooden: Pecan

More often than not they are going to be frozen while you purchase them so it would be best to buy the geese forward of time so they’ll have time to thaw within the fridge. If that you must pace up the method, you possibly can place them in chilly water and substitute the chilly water each half-hour.

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From private expertise, except you allow them to thaw for a number of days, they’ll nonetheless have ice within the cavity.

Thaw the geese then run chilly water into the cavity to loosen the ice so you possibly can take away the neck and different presents they depart for you down in there.

Great things for making inventory, soups, and so forth.;-)

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Whilst you actually don’t must brine these geese (they’re extraordinarily moist and that fats underneath the pores and skin actually retains them basted whereas they cook dinner) I do wish to soak them in buttermilk and so I normally simply go forward and add some salt to the buttermilk and do a form of buttermilk brine which at all times makes them end up scrumptious.

The buttermilk has some enzymes and such that helps to tenderize poultry and the brining course of causes the liquid to be drawn into the meat. Thus, by including 1 cup of kosher salt to a 50:50 mixture of water and buttermilk, the diluted buttermilk will get drawn into the meat of the duck and, to me, makes an enormous distinction within the end result.

To make the brine, add 1/2 gallon of water to a gallon sized pitcher, Add 1 cup of kosher salt and stir properly till the salt is dissolved. Add 1/2 gallon of buttermilk and gently stir till blended properly.

Place the rinsed and cleaned geese into gallon sized zip prime baggage or different non-reactive brining container (I like to recommend utilizing plastic or glass). Pour brine into the bag or brining container to cowl the duck and shut it up.

For those who use zip prime baggage, place them down in a bowl to reduce the danger of leakage and place them within the fridge for about 6 hours.

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As soon as the geese are completed brining, pour out the buttermilk and rinse them properly with chilly water in and out.

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As with every meat, it’s a good suggestion so as to add a bit of seasoning and you’ll find none higher than my very personal authentic rub (Buy method right here | Buy bottled rub).

With any poultry, it’s good so as to add the seasoning to the surface of the pores and skin however it by no means hurts to get some up underneath the pores and skin as properly wherever you possibly can.

Tip: to get the dry rub up underneath the pores and skin soften a half stick of butter within the microwave and add 2 Tablespoons or extra of my authentic rub to it. Combine properly then use a turkey baster to suck up a number of the combination and squirt it up underneath the pores and skin of the duck.

I at all times like to make use of a bit of one thing to assist the rub to stay and I experiment with totally different oils, pastes, condiments, jelly, syrup, and so forth. to seek out what works on several types of meat.

I made a decision to make use of a bit of Dijon mustard on these specific geese and simply occurred to have some available already.

Tip: For those who don’t need to use the Dijon mustard and like one thing candy with duck, use a bit of warmed maple syrup on and underneath the duck pores and skin in the identical manner.

A really gentle coal of the mustard and an excellent sprinkling of Jeff’s authentic rub (Purchase formula here | Purchase bottled rub) adopted by an excellent therapeutic massage was simply the ticket for these waterfowl.

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I positioned them on a pan with a rack for simple transport to and from the smoker

I get lots of requests for recipes for varied sorts and types of people who smoke and I want to clarify that ALL of my recipes are for ALL sorts and sizes of people who smoke. A smoker is just a warmth supply with the addition of smoke. It doesn’t matter should you use wooden, charcoal propane or electrical.. so long as you’re working it on the advisable temperature and looking forward to the advisable end temperature of the meat, it is going to work.

Most smoking is completed to temperature quite than time which is likely one of the many issues that makes it totally different than oven cooking indoors.

Regular smoking temperatures of 240°F (116°C) will work simply superb for the duck and you may count on about 5 hours for giant geese (6 lbs or so) and rather less for smaller geese (5 lbs or much less)

My geese have been within the 6 lb vary and I opted to cook dinner them a bit of hotter than regular for many of the cook dinner. I maintained between 250°F (121°C) and 275°F (135°C) they usually took about 4 hours to achieve 165°F (74°C) within the thickest a part of the breast.

I smoked these geese with pecan for the complete time which is extremely advisable. They will even do properly with fruit wooden and even hickory or oak.

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Keep in mind that fats layer underneath the pores and skin that I instructed you about? Nicely that fats has to render in order for you the pores and skin to be considerably crispy and one of many methods to assist this occur is to cook dinner it hotter like I did. I’ve to say that whereas lots of the fats rendered, even at barely larger temperatures, there was nonetheless a layer of fats between the pores and skin and the meat.

Be aware: You’ll be able to poke small holes or minimize a number of “x” shapes within the pores and skin earlier than cooking to permit the fats to drip out as soon as it has rendered.

One other manner to assist render a few of that fats is to preheat the house oven to about 500 levels and as soon as the duck reaches about 155°F (68°C) within the smoker, transfer it shortly to the oven to complete out the final 10 levels on this excessive warmth.

The third and only manner is to go forward and carve the duck as soon as it reaches 165°F (74°C) and has rested for about 10 minutes eradicating the wings, the legs after which very rigorously the complete breast.

Pre warmth a forged iron skillet over excessive warmth and only a very small quantity of oil to simply frivolously coat the underside. Lay the entire breast pores and skin facet down for a minute or two to complete rendering out many of the fats that’s underneath the pores and skin.

Personally, I don’t eat the pores and skin so I don’t fear an excessive amount of about it more often than not. I cook dinner them a bit of hotter than regular however aside from that, it’s the meat that I’m fascinated with not the pores and skin a lot.

I’m definitely not an knowledgeable carver however I can efficiently take away the wings, legs and breast in only a minute or two and all that’s left is a carcass.

All in all, you need to find yourself with 2 legs and a pair of breast items. I don’t serve the wings on the desk however I do get a couple of small items of meat off of them which I’m solely too comfortable to eat and ensure it tastes okay.

My spouse makes a imply soiled rice as a facet to this duck and after I requested her for the recipe, she merely gave me a hyperlink to an internet site (the hyperlink is not working so we have been capable of pay money for the essential textual content and included it under with full attributions.

This one has a LOT Of substances however it’s value it!

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The soiled rice went rather well with the duck and it was completely scrumptious.

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  • 1 lb. floor pork
  • 1 lb. floor chuck
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 1 cup chopped inexperienced bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • ½ cup darkish roux
  • 1 tablespoon Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups beef inventory
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme or 1 tablespoon recent thyme
  • 1 teaspoon sizzling sauce
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley
  • ½ cup chopped inexperienced onions
  • 8 cups packed cooked (Toro Model Rice)

1. Warmth medium saucepot over medium warmth. Add pork and beef and cook dinner till meat is browned.
2. Add 1 cup of onions, ½ cup of bell pepper, ½ cup of celery, 2 tablespoons garlic and sauté for two minutes.
3. Add darkish roux and cook dinner for extra 5 minutes. Add Tony Chacherie’s Creole Seasoning, salt, beef inventory, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaves, thyme, sizzling sauce and pepper.
4. Carry combination to a boil, decrease warmth and simmer for half-hour.
5. Add remaining onion, celery and bell pepper, cowl pot and simmer for half-hour.
6. Stir in inexperienced onions and parsley.
7. Stir in cooked rice till fully included.
Yields roughly 22 servings.

Chef Patrick Mould
Louisiana Culinary Enterprises, Inc (web site hyperlink not working)


Smoked Duck with Soiled Rice

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These smoked geese have been scrumptious, juicy and tender and have been an superior change from our regular menu. These are additionally good for Thanksgiving or different holidays as an alternative of the normal fare.

  • Creator: Jeff Phillips
  • Prep Time: half-hour
  • Cook dinner Time: 5 hours
  • Whole Time: 5 hours half-hour
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Methodology: Scorching Smoking
  1. Thaw geese in fridge
  2. Make brine whereas duck is thawing.
  3. Place duck right into a ziptop bag and pour brine over duck to cowl.
  4. Place into fridge in a single day or at the very least 6 hours.
  5. When completed brining, rinse properly underneath chilly water to take away residual salt.
  6. Coat duck with dijon mustard and apply about 2 TBS of Jeff’s authentic rub throughout exterior of duck.
  7. Combine 2 TBS of Jeff’s rub with melted butter and get that up underneath the pores and skin wherever potential (optionally available).
  8. Setup smoker for cooking at about 240°F (116°C) for about 5 hours. I used pecan wooden for smoke.
  9. As soon as the geese have reached 165°F (74°C), they’re completed and must be faraway from the smoker.
  10. Let the geese relaxation for at the very least 10 to fifteen minutes earlier than carving.


It’s an ideal thought to chop “x’s” within the pores and skin masking the breast earlier than cooking to permit the fats to leak out because it renders.

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