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Teal for Two

It seems most of the waterfowlers I know prefer to prepare their harvest one of two ways: wrapped in bacon and grilled into poppers, or marinated and dried into jerky. I was one of those waterfowlers for years.  This year, I’ve vowed to move my duck and goose cooking forward. Classic cuisine is full of duck and goose preparations, and most are not really that tough to pull off.  Today’s venture into a better class of cooking, I call Teal for Two.

Teal for Two

Prep time: approximately 90 min

Cook time: 15 min

You will need:

2 whole Teal, plucked

1 C. water

1/4 C Apple Cider vinegar

1Tbs kosher salt

1 heavy pinch course ground black pepper

bay leaf

2-4 chunks of your favorite smoking wood

 

Combine water, vinegar, salt, pepper and bay leaf and set aside.  You can substitute your favorite wild game brine if desired.  Split teal into halves. Carefully debone the halves, leaving the thigh bone in the drumstick.  Place teal in brine, and let soak for 30 minutes.  Meanwhile, light a generous amount of charcoal.  When well lit, arrange briquettes on either side of your grill, to allow indirect cooking.  Arrange duck halves in center of grill, skin side up. Add wood chunks and cook until the breast meat has reached 140 degrees.  It won’t take long. A remote thermometer will help monitor progress.  Once 140 degrees has been reached, place duck halves directly over the coals, skin side down, and sear until skin is brown and crispy.  Monitor carefully for flare ups from fat dripping onto the hot coals.  When skin is nicely browned, wrap in foil and let rest 15 minutes.

The crispy skin and hint of smoke make a sauce unnecessary.  My suggestion for sides would be: Wild rice, roasted potatoes, and a nice sauted vegetable such as asparagus or green beans.

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I’m Paul Winks, and I’m proud to join the group at Military Hunting and Fishing. I’m a life long Hoosier, and Purdue Boilermaker fan. I grew up in a hunting and fishing family. My grandmother introduced me to panfish and morel mushrooms at a young age. My uncles took me on my first squirrel and rabbit hunts, and my Dad instilled a love of deer hunting and an appeitite for ginseng. Other intrerests, like waterfowl and turkeys, I picked up on my own. These days, waterfowl and river fishing consume most of my outdoor time, but I do still dabble in small game and deer every year.

My two sons are my outdoor companions these days. I’ve spent a lot of time and effort to teach them the same respect and love for the outdoors that I developed years ago. I also have an entire tribe of grandsons, from first grade down to 2. My hands are gonna be full for years to come.

I’m a welder by trade. That ability and desire to build has made me a avid DIY’er. Duck decoys, tree stands, and even duck boats…if I use it, I’m gonna try to build it.

Chances are, if you are here, we have a lot of common interests. I look forward to sharing mine with you!

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