Smoked Duck Recipe
- 5x11″ Wildwood Grilling Hickory Plank
- Beer (Hamm’s, my preferred choice)
- Smoked Paprika
- Garlic Powder
- Chili Powder
- Salt & Pepper
- Soak Hickory plank in warm water for 20 minutes to 1 hour.
- Preheat grill to 350°F.
- Season duck with ingredients, beer-can-chicken-style it or spray over it as you grill.
- Place duck on plank and place on grill. Close lid.
- Cook for 15 – 20 minutes or until fully cooked. Do not leave grill unattended and keep a spray bottle of water handy for flare-ups.
- Eat it and enjoy! Easy, simple, quick.
Sky to table
The best tasting food comes not from the store but from what a human can go out and acquire themselves (that’s my opinion, anyways)! There is a loss of respect when you can just go get whatever you need for food from the store today. When you have to go out at 3:00 a.m. to set up your blind and be in the right position where you are going to have the best chance at catching your dinner and putting you into a position of grilling power!
In terms of grilling, we grill to be outside and enjoy the freshness of the air and the views. We reconnect with nature. When we get all of our food from the store we start to lose that connection and respect for the animals that supply us sustenance. When we are able to go out and hunt the food ourselves we become closer to it. Hours spent scouting before season starts, getting to the perfect spot and waiting patiently. It’s an art, the hunt. It, too, is an art to grill. The job isn’t over once you have brought down your quarry. That’s the first part, cleaning it and bringing back and preparing it so it can be eaten is a whole another part to it.
When we finally bring home our prize our hours of preparation payed off. Having to learn the habits of our food we find ourselves closer to them. Harvesting them and bringing them to the table seems far more rewarding and respectable than picking them out of an aisle. We become good stewards of the land by helping keep populations in check and loving the animals we hunt. In the end, we are also about to cook something tasty up.
Duck Hunting in North Idaho: Pictures from Our Trip
Evan here! Born and raised in Sandpoint, Idaho. Join me on my journey, spatula in hand, grilling planks in the other as I discover the tastier side of the grill. I once was told that “If life is just a series of ridiculous attempts to be alive, you’re a hero.” and a hero I shall be, a hero of the grill.