How to Smoke a Duck? (A Complete Guide)

The holidays and special occasions become more memorable and fantastic with the delicious food on the table.

One of the most delicious foods which you must try is the smoked duck.

The people who like excellently prepared meat will surely have a wonderful experience with smoked duck.

Moreover, if you want to try something different and something elegant then the recipe of smoked duck is the right choice for you.

It is a flavorful, slow-cooked, and highly rich dinner. If you have a high rated electric smoker, then and you can cook it with great ease.

You will surely be amazed by its delicious taste when you will try it for the first time.

In this article, we will describe a detailed recipe for a smoked duck.

Just go through the article clearly and you will be able to cook a duck for your dinner.

Duck Meat:

Duck Meat

It is necessary to balance the doneness of the white meat of the breasts and dark meat of the legs while cooking a whole chicken.

But the amazing thing in the case of duck is that it has all dark meat which makes it much easier to cook.

All you need to do do you have a smoked duck is to have the right heat which can dissolve all the fats properly.

You must keep in mind that its meat can give a pinkish look even when it is cooked adequately.

It will take almost two to three hours to smoke your duck because of its size if you have a good smoker.

So we must at least give it a try to cook a smoked duck.


Now let’s get started with its delicious recipe. We will provide you all the necessary steps which you must follow in sequence.

These steps are very easy to follow.

First of all, let’s discuss the ingredients which are required to have a smoked duck


These ingredients are:

  • 5 – 6 lb. Whole duck, 
  • 2 tablespoons of pure honey
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 1 quartered onion
  • Pepper and salt which seasons the meat
  • 2 quartered mandarin oranges

You must also make sure that you have the meat probes and the thermometer.

With this, you can easily monitor the temperature of your smoked duck and the cooking process as well.

For creating a smoke, you can use cherry or Applewood chunks or chips.



Now coming towards the instructions which you have to follow to have a smoked duck.

we will provide you the step-by-step instructions which you have to follow in sequence.

Step #1:

First of all, you have to prepare your duck the day before you cook it.

You have to trim the skin of the neck believing about the one-inch flap and also you have to remove the tips of the wings.

Then remove the giblets from the duck’s cavity.

Step #2:

Then you have to pat it dry the using the paper towels. 

Step #3:

Then brush the meat of the duck with 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 tablespoon of soy sauce.

Also, add the salt and pepper to season the meat on all of its sides.

Step #4:

Then you have to stuff the cavity of the duck with the onion and quartered mandarin.

Step #5:

Then leave the meat in the fridge for the complete night. You must keep in mind that you should not cover it so that it can dry brine.

It seems that you have done a lot of work but do not worry you will love the result in the form of amazing and delicious smoked duck.

Step #6:

Then you have to smoke your duck. Make sure to set up your electric smoker at 300 to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

And add the wood chunks or chips into it.

Step #7:

To give a fruity and delicious flavor to the made you can also add the cherry or Applewood.

Step #8:

To create a humid environment or to catch any drips you must put water Pan under the cooking grate of your electric smoker.

Step #9:

Then all you have to do is to close the door and leave it so that the smoke can develop. leave it for almost 20 minutes.

Step #10:

Set the meat probe at the center of the duck’s breast and then attach this meat to the thermometer to know what exactly is happening to the meal which you are smoking.

Step #11:

Finally, we remove the meat and leave it for about 20 minutes. Now is the time to serve your delicious smoked duck.

It will give you a juicy and tender experience if it is perfectly cooked. If you try it once, I am sure that you will become a fan of it.

Duck Smoking Time:

Duck Smoking Time

The smoking time of the dark depends upon the type of smoker which we are using.

usually, if you are using an electric smoker then a smoked duck will take almost 2-3 hours.

But there are the ways with which you can also speed up the smoking process.

One of those ways is to place an aluminum foil over the food for the last 30 minutes. It will boost up the speed of your smoking process.

It will help you a lot in the case if the internal temperature of your smoker is unable to reach the right temperature.

As mentioned before that the minimum required temperature is 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

But if you want a perfectly cooked smoked duck then it is recommended to have a temperature of 300 to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.


Smoked duck is a fantastic and elegant meal that you can serve to your family and friends.

I am sure that you will like this delicious recipe and will become a fan of it.

I hope that I have covered all the aspects and tried my best to give you a detailed guide on how to smoke a duck.

Yet, if you are left with some query you can ask it without hesitation.