Maple-Smoked Duck Breasts


Delicious smoked ducks breasts with a nice maple flavor. Slice them thin and serve as an appetizer on crackers, if desired.

close up view of two Maple-Smoked Duck Breasts on a wooden cutting board, one of them is sliced
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs
Additional Time:
12 hrs
Total Time:
15 hrs 10 mins
8 servings


  • 2 boneless duck breast halves, skin on

  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt

  • 2 teaspoons cracked black pepper

  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup

  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup

  • maple wood chips


  1. Season duck breasts on all sides with salt and pepper. Place in a shallow dish and cover with 3 tablespoons maple syrup. Cover, place in refrigerator, and allow to marinate 12 to 24 hours.

  2. Preheat an electric smoker according to manufacturer's directions to 225 degrees F (110 degrees C) using maple wood chips.

  3. Remove duck breasts from marinade and rinse well. Pat dry with paper towels. Use a sharp knife to cut shallow cross-hatch marks into duck breast skin; do not cut all the way through to the meat. Brush with 2 teaspoons maple syrup.

  4. Place duck breasts, skin-side up, on grill rack in the smoker. Place a drip pan underneath. Smoke at 225 degrees F (110 degrees C) for 3 to 4 hours, adding more maple wood chips as necessary to keep smoke continuous, until duck breasts reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees F (70 degrees C). Cool to room temperature before slicing. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

64 Calories
2g Fat
7g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 64
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Sodium 1457mg 63%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 10mg 1%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 25mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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