Beer Can Duck

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Serves: two

Prep Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 3 1/4 hrs


  • 1 duck (4-5 pound)
  • 1 (8 ounce) can beer or 1 (8 ounce) can iced tea


for the rub


  1. Salt the duck and place it uncovered in the refrigerator overnight to dry out.
  2. Preheat oven to 220⁰C
  3. Pierce the duck skin with a sharp knife in multiple locations (10 to 20 pierces over the whole duck). Make sure not to pierce through to the meat. Piercing at an angle will help to ensure you only go through skin and fat.
  4. Combine ingredients for the rub and rub over the entire duck.
  5. Open the can, empty half and pierce 2-3 extra holes in the top. Optionally you can make extra rub and add to the can.
  6. Plug the duck neck opening with a small lime or shallot
  7. Stand the can in a relatively deep drip pan with a bit of water in the pan (preferably using a beer butt stand which you can get from and lower the duck onto the can shoving it into the backside as far up as it goes.
  8. Place in oven and roast for one hour at 220⁰C, then one hour at 180⁰C, and then one hour at 160⁰C.
  9. Remove from oven and carefully separate can from bird then carve and serve.
  10. You will have a huge amount of rendered duck fat in the pan which you can refrigerate or freeze and save for future use.

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