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Roast Duck

Clearly the duck hunt went well, now its time to roast this beautiful bird and pump it with rich smoke. Fire-roasting duck brings out the deep and savory natural flavors, and makes the skin crisp and golden brown.

  • Difficulty2/5
  • Prep time15 mins
  • Cook time3 hrs
  • Serves4
  • Recommended HardwoodAlder


Duck, defrosted1 (5 to 6 lbs)
Traeger Pork and Poultry Shakeas needed
Small Onion, peeled and quartered1
Orange, quartered1
Fresh herbs, such as Parsley, Sage, or Rosemaryas needed


Remove the giblets and discard or save for another use.

Trim any loose skin at the neck and remove excess fat from around the main cavity.

Remove the wingtips if desired.

Wash the duck under cold running water, inside and out, and dry with paper towels.

Prick the skin all over with the tip of a knife or the tines of a fork; do not pierce the meat. This helps to render the fat and crisp the skin.

Season the bird, inside and out, with Traeger Pork and Poultry Shake.

Tuck the onion, orange, and fresh herbs into the cavity.

Tie the legs together with butcher's string.

When ready to cook, start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes).

Set the temperature to 325F and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.

Arrange the duck directly on the grill grate.

Roast for 2-1/2 to 3 hours, or until the skin is brown and crisp and the internal temperature of the thigh when read on an instant-read meat thermometer is 160.

If the duck is not browned to your liking, increase the heat to 375 and roast for several minutes at the higher temperature.

Tent the duck loosely with foil and allow it to rest for 15 minutes.

Remove the butcher's string and carve.

  • Difficulty2/5
  • Prep time15 mins
  • Cook time3 hrs
  • Serves4
  • Recommended HardwoodAlder

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