Marc Matsumoto

Smoked Duck Buns with Peanut Butter Sauce

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Living in a tiny New York city apartment with no outdoor space has taught me a few tricks. One of them was that it is possible to smoke things inside your house without setting off fire alarms (though your smoke detectors may go off).

It’s a relatively straightforward process that involves sealing some sugar, tea and rice in a pot along with some meat and getting it hot enough that the sugar starts to burn. This in turn causes the tea and rice to give off a wonderful aroma, which the meat absorbs like a sponge.

Paired with a honey peanut butter sauce, scallions and cucumber, the smoked duck makes for a great snack or first course to a meal, and most of the work can be done ahead of time.

While you should be able to find unfilled Chinese steamed buns in the freezer section of most Chinese grocery stores, if you’re not able to find them, this would also be good in brioche hamburger buns.

Prep time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Yield: 6-8 servings

Smoked Duck Buns with Peanut Butter Sauce

Ingredients

Smoked Duck Buns with Peanut Butter Sauce Ingredients - Peanut Butter & Co. The Bee's Knees Peanut Butter

For the duck:
1 pound Moulard Duck Breast
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 teaspoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons grated ginger
2 cloves of garlic, grated
1/2 teaspoon Chinese five spice powder

For smoking:
1/4 cup rice
1/4 cup loose tea leaves
3 tablespoons sugar

For the sauce:
1/4 cup The Bee’s Knees peanut butter
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce

For serving:
5 scallions
1 hothouse cucumber, seeded and shredded
1 bag frozen unfilled Chinese steamed buns

Procedure

1. The night before smoking the duck, put it in a gallon-sized freezer bag along with the hoisin sauce, soy sauce, ginger, garlic and 5 spice powder. Remove as much of the air from the bag as possible and seal. Squish the bag around to make sure the marinade is mixed and coating the entire breast. Put the bag in the refrigerator.

Smoked Duck Buns with Peanut Butter Sauce - The night before smoking the duck, put it in a gallon-sized freezer bag along with the hoisin sauce, soy sauce, ginger, garlic and 5 spice powder

2. To prepare the scallions, trim the ends then cut them into 3’ lengths. Use a sharp knife to cut halfway into the stem from end to end. This should allow you to unroll the onion and lay it flat. Then you can slice thin strands of onion. Put the shredded onion in a large bowl of ice water to crisp them up and take the oniony edge off.

3. To prepare the sauce, mix the peanut butter and hoisin sauce in a bowl until smooth.

4. To smoke the duck, find a large pot that you’re okay with getting dirty. Line it with extra-wide aluminum foil. If you’re foil isn’t wide enough you can join two sheets by crimping the edges over a few times. Make sure it does not leak though as burnt sugar is almost impossible to get off your pan.

5. Add the rice, tea and sugar over the foil, then place a metal rack with at least 1” of clearance on top of the rice and tea. Steamer racks work great for this, but keep in mind that your rack is going to end up burnt and discolored.

Smoked Duck Buns with Peanut Butter Sauce - Add the rice, tea and sugar over the foil, then place a metal rack

Smoked Duck Buns with Peanut Butter Sauce - Steamer racks work great for this, but keep in mind that your rack is going to end up burnt and discolored

6. Remove the duck from the marinade and use a paper towel to wipe off the excess marinade. Cut a crosshatch pattern into the skin of the duck then place it skin-side up on the rack.

Smoked Duck Buns with Peanut Butter Sauce - Cut a crosshatch pattern into the skin of the duck

7. Cover the pot with aluminum foil, and then put the lid on and double both layers of foil back over the lid. The idea is to create as good of a seal as possible to keep the smoke in the pot and out of your house.

Smoked Duck Buns with Peanut Butter Sauce - Cover the pot with aluminum foil, and then put the lid on and double both layers of foil back over the lid

8. Turn on the heat to high and heat until a whisk of smoke starts appearing. Turn the heat down slightly and set a timer for 10 minutes. You want to continue to see a little smoke coming out, but you don’t want your neighbors to call the fire department, so keep an eye on it and adjust the temperature accordingly.

9. After the timer goes off, turn off the heat then set the timer for another 15 minutes. Once it goes off again, open up your smoker and remove the duck.

Smoked Duck Buns with Peanut Butter Sauce - open up your smoker and remove the duck

10. Heat a cast iron pan until very hot, then place the duck skin-side down in the pan. Use a spatula to press the duck down so that the skin crisps evenly. Be careful not to burn it as the sugar in the marinade will scorch easily.

Smoked Duck Buns with Peanut Butter Sauce - Use a spatula to press the duck down so that the skin crisps evenly

11. Transfer the duck to a cutting board and allow it to rest for ten minutes. Use a sharp knife to slice the duck thinly. Drain the scallions and use paper towels or a salad spinner to get rid of the excess moisture.

12. Heat the buns either in a steamer or in the microwave according to the package directions.

13. To assemble the buns, split the buns in half and spread some of the peanut butter sauce on one half of the bun. Top with duck, cucumbers and scallions and eat immediately.

What other ways have you paired peanut butter with meat? Leave a comment below and on Monday, December 5, 2011 we’ll choose a random commenter to win a jar of The Bee’s Knees, the peanut butter used in this recipe! US residents only.

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7 Responses to Smoked Duck Buns with Peanut Butter Sauce

  1. Monica Blaschke says:

    I’ve never cooked with peanut butter and meat. After this post I sure will be trying it!

  2. Nathan Miller says:

    I pair the peanut butter, with soy, Worcestershire, and grated ginger and cover a lean tenderloin, and place it in the crockpot 8 hrs on low and slice and eat with wasabi mashed potatoes!

  3. megan kupres says:

    I love peanut butter with just about anything but since I am a vegetarian n I don’t think I will try the meat combo but you should try melting peanut butter all over garbanzo beans and blend it in a blender for the best peanut hummus dip ever. The bees knees works really good because it makes for good sandwiches, dips, and if you make it thin, a sauce!

  4. Natasha Southwick says:

    Peanut curry with roasted pork over brown rice w fried garlic. Delightful!

  5. Michelle @ Greedy Gourmet says:

    Looks super! Your photography is the best of the bunch too!

  6. Genelli says:

    Mmmm! My mom is Filipino and she makes this dish called “kare-kare.” It consists of using peanut butter (loads & loads of it) to make a soupy base, then adding in vegetables, oxtail, and beef. It’s really good, unique, exotic, and of course, peanut-y! You should research it and try it! I’m really curious what it’ll taste like with flavored pb!

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Smoked Duck Buns with Peanut Butter Sauce