Hodge Podge Kitchen

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Beer-can Duck


This menacing bad boy was a small experiment that was part of a larger feast. Hopefully I'll have time to post the rest. Anyway, I was craving duck and really wanted to try roasting a small one. I took a frozen one from 99 Ranch and brined it in a simple red wine brine overnight. Then I dried it for around a day in the fridge. An hour before cooking, I rubbed it with some "roast duck" seasoning also from 99 Ranch. I did the beer can setup with a small orange inside the cavity just to get the bird sitting right and let it cook at 200F for a few hours while I had a Saturday morning shift. The bird looked like this when I got home, and it wasn't too over-cooked (180F internally) after 3 hrs! Very juicy after a 10min rest and carving, but needed a lot more salt on the inside. I always remembered the cavity side of roasted ducks to be very very salty; now I know why. Posted by Picasa