Hay-smoked duck

Hay-smoked duck

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Igni
Serves
6
Photographer
Julian Kingma

As well as being all about the exceptional pekin duck that we are lucky to get from Great Ocean Ducks, this dish needs the right sort of hay—not the pet shop kind but the sticky, treacly sort that is full of wild grasses, dried flowers and natural oils, which help to impart a beautiful, earthy flavour both when the duck is smoking and during the hanging and ageing process.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 2–3 kg good-quality duck, stuffed with hay and hung for 14 days
2 handfuls dried hay
hot embers

Method

  1. Wash the duck and pat dry, then remove the legs and thighs with a sharp knife, being careful to leave as much skin as possible around the breast. Set aside at room temperature on a wire rack.

    Lay the hay over the base of a deep tray, piling it up at one end. Drop a hot ember in the middle of the hay pile and cover with the remaining hay. Place the wire rack with the duck on top of the smoking hay and cover with a second deep tray to create a sealed environment.

    Leave to smoke for 6 minutes, then repeat the process twice more, replacing the hay and embers as you go. Remove the duck from the smoker and leave to chill.

    When ready to cook, set the duck on a grill over a fire and cook, moving it around in the flames, until the skin is crisp and golden. Turn the duck breast-side up and transfer it to the side of the fire to finish cooking (this should take about 15 minutes). Carve and serve.
Tags:
igni
aaron turner
loam
melbourne
australian cooking
woodfire grill
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