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DBG's Bourbon Duck Bites

Submitted By: FieldStaff
2012-09-15 12:56:22

I'm not great at cooking duck, but this is a "can't miss" duck appetizer recipe. I wish I couldn't miss in the duck blind, ha! Enjoy.

Time: 1 hrs and 30 mins   •   Prep Time: 1 hrs and 25 mins   •   Cook Time: 5 min
Serving Size: 10-12 servings


1 cup steak sauce (use your favorite)
1 cup whiskey (I like bourbon)
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 pound bacon strips, cut in half
6 duck breasts, deboned and cut into cubes (can be replaced with goose, as desired)
1 box wooden toothpicks


Stir the steak sauce and whiskey together in a bowl.
Pour the marinade into a resealable plastic bag and add the duck cubes.
Seal the bag and knead it and turn it over a few times to thoroughly coat the duck. Place it in the refrigerator for an hour.
While waiting for the meat to marinade soak your toothpicks in a bowl of water to prevent them from burning up on the grill.
Preheat a grill for medium heat.
Remove the duck from the marinade and throw away the sauce.
Wrap a 1/3 to 1/2 half slice of bacon around each duck cube (depending on chunk size) and secure with a toothpick.
Cook the duck bites on the preheated grill until bacon is crisp and duck is no longer pink, turning once, 5 to 10 minutes. Allow the bites to cool slightly, and serve on an appetizer/serving plate.


The marinade and bacon take most gamey flavor away, but if you're really sensitive to that taste then marinade the breasts in iced salt water for a half hour. Rinse them off and pat dry before adding them to the marinade.

Sometimes I add a slice of water chestnut to these also, to add a little crunch. Give it a try.


  • tshamrock

    Submitted On: 2013-08-13 15:25:48

  • DuckBuckGoose

    Submitted On: 2013-03-01 15:08:43

    The foolproof recipe for waterfowlers. It always comes out great. I mean it's wrapped in bacon...c'mon!

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