Duck Pastrami

Course : Duck
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Serves: 1
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Ingredients:

1 tablespoon black peppercorns
3 teaspoons dried thyme
3 pieces bay leaves -- crushed
1 teaspoon whole cloves
2 tablespoons garlic -- minced
1 teaspoon whole juniper berries
1/3 cup crushed juniper berries
4 cups water
1/2 cup light brown sugar -- packed
1/2 cup kosher salt
1 medium duck breast -- boneless, split
1/4 cup coarsely ground pepper
 

Preparation / Directions:

In a small mixing bowl, combine the peppercorns, thyme, bay leaves, cloves, garlic, and whole juniper berries. In a saucepan, over medium heat, combine the water, brown sugar and salt. Bring to a boil and stir to dissolve the sugar and salt. Remove from the heat and add dry spice mixture and steep for 1 hour. Place the duck breast in a glass or plastic container. Pour the seasoned brine to cover the breasts completely. Cover and refrigerate for 48 hours, turning the breasts a couple of times. Remove the duck breasts from the brine and rinse thoroughly with cool water. Pat dry with a towel. Preheat the oven (smoker) to 250F. Combine the crushed juniper berries and ground black pepper in a small bowl. Using the palm and heel of your hands, press 2/3 of the berry and pepper mixture into the underside of the breasts. Press the remaining mixture onto the skin side. Place the breasts, skin side down, on a rack in a roasting pan in smoker) and roast for 1 hour. Remove and let cool for 30 minutes. Wrap the breasts tightly in plastic wrap and place in an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for at least 1 week before using. To serve, remove the meat and slice thin. He serves this on French bread with provolone, mustard and onion marmalade.


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