Smoked Duck

Smoked Duck

Smoked duck is an old and traditional main course for a holiday dinner. Duck meat absorbs all the ingredients well and gives a bolder and robust flavor than any other poultry meat. The bones of duck are comparatively heavier than chicken and are cooked with all the dark meat.

Smoked Duck is a great meat to smoke as it’s more forgiving than other poultry meat and harder to dry out on your grill. You’re going to love the unique flavor of this meat!

Smoking a duck for a special occasion or family dinner is easy and can be smoked in no time. It can be a bit tough for the new pitmaster, but let me tell you that the effort you will put in will definitely be worth it, and this smoked duck recipe will pay off all your efforts.

Smoke a duck and serve it with the best sidelines. Try serving it with our Smoked Baked Potatoes, Smoked Asparagus, Smoked Corn on the cob or, Smoked Sweet Potatoes. Your family will love it.

How to make Smoked Duck

Are you done eating and paying for this expensive dish in the restaurant? Do not worry. We will walk you through a full-proof smoked duck recipe, after which you will be able to smoke your delicious, whole duck and save money and time. So, let’s get started.

Grab your pellet smoker or a charcoal grill, whatever you are professional at. I will be using a pellet grill because I am a pro at it.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Brining Time: 15 hours
  • Cook Time: 2 hours and 3o minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours and 50 minutes
  • Cook Temperature: 275ºF
  • Finished Temperature: 170ºF
  • Wood Flavor: Hickory wood, applewood, or maple wood
  • Servings: 6-8 people

Required Tools

  • Your preference of smoker (I recommend a pellet smoker)
  • Commercial-grade aluminum foil
  • Temperature probe
  • Cutting board
  • Wire rack
  • Basting brush


  • 1 whole duck
  • 1 batch of Chicken Rub, or Pork Rub
  • A pinch of black pepper
  • A bit of Kosher salt

Basting Liquid

  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 1/2 cup of orange juice
  • 1/2 cup of maple syrup


  1. Dry brine your whole bird.
  2. Start your smoker, grab your pellets, and get the temperature stable at 275 ºF.
  3. Season the duck all over with Chicken Rub, or Pork Rub.
  4. Place the duck directly on the grill and smoke for 2 hours. Baste with butter around the halfway point.
  5. Broil the smoked duck for 2-5 minutes.
  6. Remove the duck from the grill and let it rest for 10 minutes.

Detailed Cooking Instructions

1) Dry brine your fresh duck before the cooking process

First of all, make holes in the duck skin, be careful that the instrument with which you are making the holes must not affect the meat, including the duck breast meat and all other parts. After piercing the skin thoroughly, apply kosher salt to it. Put the duck in a tray and let it rest in the refrigerator for 15 hours.

2) Start your smoker and add desired wood chips

Ligh up the smoker and maintain the internal temperature at 275ºF with the lid closed.

3) Marinating the duck with the best rub and other ingredients

After brining the duck, remove it from the refrigerator and pat the meat to get rid of the excess salt. You can also use paper towels to do the needful. Then place it on a marinating tray and apply the spice mixture all over it thoroughly. You can also fill the duck inside the body cavity with some oranges, but this is optional, depends on your likings.

4) Smoking the duck

After the marination, place the bird directly onto the wire rack. Smoke duck for almost 2 hours and 30 minutes. While smoking, baste the meat with butter, maple syrup, and orange juice twice or thrice. The juices with drip onto the grill and will be very difficult to wash off. Try placing a drip pan underneath the cooking duck to collect all the juices in it. Using a temperature probe, check the internal temperature on the thickness part of the meat. Remove it from the smoker if the internal temperature is 170ºF.

5) Broiling process

After smoking the duck for the said time, remove it from the smoker and put it in an oven for broiling. Broil it for 2- 5 minutes. Broiling the meat will eliminate all the excess duck fat and will leave the meat with crispy skin.

6) Serve the smoked duck

Remove the duck from the oven and let it rest for at least 15 minutes before serving.

BBQ Hero Tip: Use a temperature probe to check the internal temperature of the duck. If the inside temp is 170°F, consider it done.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is smoked duck healthy?

Yes, duck is healthy and safe to eat.

Nonetheless, it is generally deeper in color than other sections of chicken and turkey, and it is frequently prepared differently. As a result, the duck may be classified as red meat under culinary standards. Duck is a nutritious meat choice that may be included in a balanced diet, regardless of whether it is classified as white or red meat.

Is smoked duck cooked or raw?

Our smoked ducks are entirely cooked and ready to eat, either warm or cold. Preheat your oven to 275°F to gently warm the smoked duck. Place the duck in a roasting pan and cover with 1/4 cup water or chicken stock.

How long does it take to smoke a duck at 225?

Place the domestic duck in your smoker and cover with a drip pan. For almost 2 – 3 hours, smoke between 200 and 225 degrees Fahrenheit over applewood chips. Every hour, baste the ducks with maple syrup.

What goes best with smoked duck?

The best sidelines for smoked duck are vegetable salad, mashed potatoes, fried rice, or noodle soup. I love to pair it with our delicious smoked baked potatoes, smoked sweet potatoes, or smoked corn on the cob.

What temperature do you smoke duck to?

The best temperature to smoke the duck is between 275°F to 300°F. Smoke it for 2-3 hours and check the internal temperature with the help of a BBQ temperature probe. If the inside temp is 170°F, consider it done.

Should I brine duck?

Yes, because if your brine your duck, it will add more flavor to the meat, leaving you with an exceptional taste and texture.

Can you eat smoked duck without cooking?

Smoked duck is excellent either it is hot or cold, with or without other additions, or just sliced and served with some nice bread and salad.

Great Smoked Turkey Options

If you’re looking to try other smoked turkey recipes, make sure to give our Smoked Turkey, Smoked Turkey Breast, and Smoked Spatchcocked Turkey recipes a try as well. They are easy to make and also go well with any smoked sideline.