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Episode: 211 :: UP IN SMOKE
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SMOKED DUCK WITH CHINESE FLAVORINGS
Source: How to Grill, pg. 270
Method: Spit-roasting/rotisserie
Serves: 2 to 4
Advance
Preparation: 
6 to 24 hours for marinating the duck
Category: N/A
Ingredients:
1 duck (5 to 6 pounds)
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon Asian (dark) sesame oil, plus 1 to 2 tablespoons
for basting
1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder (See NOTE)
1 clove garlic, minced, plus 1 clove garlic, crushed
1 slice fresh ginger (1/4 inch), lightly crushed
1 scallion, trimmed and lightly crushed
Tea-Smoking Mixture for Duck (optional; recipe follows)

Other Items Needed:
1 cup wood chips, soaked for 1 hour in cold water to cover, then drained; rotisserie; butchers string

Directions:
No rotisserie. Indirect grill.

Remove the packet of giblets from the ducks cavity and set aside for another use. Remove and discard the fat just inside the neck and body cavities. Rinse the duck, inside and out, under cold running water and then drain and blot dry, inside and out, with paper towels. Remove the wishbone.

Make the marinade: Combine the soy sauce, honey, 1 tablespoon oil, five-spice powder, and minced garlic in a bowl and stir.

Place the ginger, scallion, crushed garlic, and 1 tablespoon marinade in the body cavity of the duck and another tablespoon in the smaller neck cavity. Truss the duck. Place in a baking dish and pour the remaining marinade over it. Gently prick the skin all over and let the duck marinate, covered, in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours, preferably 24, turning it several times.

Set up the grill for rotisserie grilling and preheat to high. If using a charcoal grill, place a large drip pan in the center. If using a gas grill with a smoker box, add all the wood chips and the Tea-Smoking Mixture, if desired (for the smoking mixture, line the smoker box with aluminum foil first), and preheat until you see smoke. If using a regular gas grill, place the wood chips and smoking mixture (again, if desired) in a smoker pouch and preheat until you see smoke.

***Indirect grill.

Skewer the duck on the spit. When ready to cook, if using a charcoal grill, place all the wood chips and the Tea-Smoking Mixture, if desired, on the coals. Attach the spit to the rotisserie mechanism and turn on the motor. Grill until the skin is dark golden brown and the meat is tender, 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Baste with oil after 1 hour and every 15 minutes thereafter. If using a charcoal grill, youll need to add 18 fresh coals after 1 hour. To test for doneness, insert an instant-read meat thermometer into the thickest part of a thigh, but not touching the bone. The internal temperature should be about 165 to 170 degrees F. Carefully remove the duck from the spit. Let rest 5 minutes before carving or serving.

NOTE: Chinese five-spice powder is available commercially at most supermarkets. If you cannot find it, blend your own using the following recipe:
 
Chinese Five-Spice Powder
Serves: Makes 1/3 cup
Category: Sauces
Ingredients:
3 whole star anise
2 cinnamon sticks (3 inches each)
3 tablespoons Sichuan peppercorns
2 tablespoons fennel seeds
1/2 teaspoon whole cloves

Directions:
Heat a dry skillet over medium-low heat. Add the spices and toast until fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer the spices to a bowl and let cool completely.

Break the star anise and cinnamon sticks into pieces. Grind the spices to a fine powder in a spice mill. Transfer to a jar, cover, and store away from heat and light. The powder will keep for several months.
 
Tea-Smoking Mixture for Duck
Serves: Makes enough to smoke 1 or 2 ducks
Category: N/A
Ingredients:
1/3 cup white rice
1/3 cup black tea
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3 cinnamon sticks (each 3 inches long)
3 whole star anise
3 strips tangerine zest (each 1/2 by 2 inches)


Directions:
Place all the ingredients in a small bowl and stir to mix.
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