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How to Make Smoked Duck

How to Make Smoked Duck

Once you know how to make smoked duck low and slow, you can put the tender, juicy meat in pasta, tortillas, on a salad and so much more. It makes for such an elegant main dish.

This duck had been taking up space in my freezer for some time, but haven’t gotten around to it until now. I had a day off from work, so planned a relaxing day of cooking. That’s what normal people do, right? Cook on their day off?

I’ve wanted to try smoking a whole duck for some time. I’ve done a leg of lamb, salmon, trout, nuts (almonds), chile peppers (red jalapeño and Espelette, a pepper from the Basque region of France) and a whole chicken in the smoker. All with good success. I should mention I have an electric smoker, which is by no means hardcore, but definitely like for its ease of use.

Smoking is all about low and slow; low heat for several hours. The great thing I’ve found about the smoker is that the meat comes out incredibly moist, with little work involved, other than an investment in time. The duck was in the smoker for four hours, but you can certainly multi-task while it’s smoking away, just stay close by and give it a check from time to time.

Prior to going in the smoker, I gave the duck a ‘bath’ for a couple days, in a combination of — soy sauce, sesame oil, pure maple syrup, ginger, garlic, and spices — which gave the bird a nice sweet, salty flavor, in addition to the smokiness it picks up in the smoker, of course.

I decided to make a whole meal of the smoked duck with some homemade plum sauce, whole wheat tortillas, thinly sliced scallions, and a side of sautéed greens to serve. It was all rather tasty, if I do say so myself. We picked the carcass clean. And on that note, will be using the carcass to make some really tasty duck stock, yum!

Low and slow, 4 hours at 200F…

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I also added some almonds to the smoker for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, tossed in a little olive oil, spices, and salt.

Click here for my sweet and spicy plum sauce that goes perfectly with smoked duck.

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Smoked Duck with Homemade Plum Sauce

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  • Author: Linda Schneider


  • 1 5-pound or so whole duck
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (plus extra for brushing the duck)
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • Click the link above for the plum sauce recipe.


  1. Pat duck dry. With a fork, pierce all over the skin. Combine the soy, maple syrup, sesame oil, Chinese five-spice, garlic and ginger in a bowl. Whisk to combine. Place the duck in a large bowl or bag. Add the marinade and rub all over. Let marinate for 1 to 2 days, turning the duck from time to time to make sure all sides are coated.
  2. Heat an outdoor smoker to 200F. Smoke the duck with your choice of wood (apple, cherry, oak, pecan, etc.) for 4 hours. Brush with a little more maple syrup after 3 hours. Remove from the smoker. Let rest at least 10 minutes. Serve.
  3. Click the link above for the plum sauce recipe.
  • Category: Main


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