Beer Can Duck

Recipe by DoctorDave
READY IN: 3hrs 15mins




  • Salt the duck and place it uncovered in the refrigerator overnight to dry out.
  • Preheat oven to 425.
  • 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.
  • Combine ingredients for the rub and rub over the entire duck.
  • 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.
  • Plug the duck neck opening with a small lime or shallot or spud (whatever you have handy that's golfball size).
  • 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 for $6 or less) and lower the duck onto the can shoving it into the backside as far up as it goes.
  • Place in oven and roast for one hour at 425, then one hour at 375, and then one hour at 325.
  • Remove from oven and carefully separate can from bird then carve and serve.
  • You will have a huge amount of rendered duck fat in the pan which you can refrigerate or freeze and save for future use.