The Perfect Smoked Duck Breast


  • 2 boneless duck breasts
  • 2 cups apple juice
  • 1 tbsp coarse kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper


Preparation: 15 minutes (plus 4 hours of marinating)

  1. Mix together the juice with all the salt, sugar and spices until the salt and sugar are dissolved.
  2. Place the duck in a dish and pour in the brine. Turn the duck a couple times and cover the dish with plastic wrap. Place in the fridge and let the fish marinate for 4 hours


  1. Place the duck breast on a smoker rack.
  2. Set the smoker to 250F using wood Cherry, Pecan, Maple or other wood bisquettes.
  3. Smoke the duck for around 2 1/2 – 3 hours or until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 150F.