Barbecued Duck Legs with Maque Choux


It’s a beautiful day, 49 degrees and the sun is shining.  Fahrenheit, Roger.  If it was Celsius that would mean I was posting from some disagreeable,  sweltering,  hellhole.  But I’m not, I’m in Germany baby and I’m grilling 🙂


Our lovely daughter Jade, after 2 weeks vacation of chowing down and ice skating frenzy, is on her way back to school.  I wanted to make a special Sunday meal for her before she got back to the potatoes, rice, couscous and pasta  of the school’s cafeteria.  She has lodged a complaint about the dressing sodden salad that they serve so that hopefully, in the future,  she can at least enjoy unadulterated greens.


We haven’t had corn in a while, so I decided to make the Louisiana inspired maque choux I always forget how good this simple dish is.


And who doesn’t like duck?  Especially with an Asian inspired marinade.  Poor child.  At least she comes home on the weekends.


The veal and spinach dumpling (German maultaschen) entree was probably overkill but we had them a full 2 hours before lunch, so that was okay 🙂


Barbecued Duck Legs

4 duck legs

5 spice powder

2 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp rice vinegar

1 tbsp sesame oil

1 tbsp peanut oil

1 inch grated ginger

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 star anise broken

Rub the duck legs with the 5 spice powder.  Mix together the soy sauce, vinegar, oils, ginger, garlic and star anise.  Put the legs in a zip lock and pour over the marinade.  Squish around and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat the grill to 400 F.  Brown the legs, then turn off half of the grill, place the legs on the cold side, lower the top and cook for 40-55 minutes.

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22 Responses to Barbecued Duck Legs with Maque Choux

  1. That duck looks amazing, but I can’t abide corn 😀

  2. Conor Bofin says:

    I’m with Frugal on the corn. No matter how often I try it, I can not stand the tinned (Green Giant) stuff. If I get my hands on a cob and barbecue it, it is a different thing altogether. However, the duck looks pretty amazing.

  3. Mad Dog says:

    I can almost see you out with the Germans in lederhosen for the early start to the BBQ season 😉

  4. My French Heaven says:

    Looks delicious!! As always…

  5. cecilia says:

    Poor girl sodden salad, what are they like, she is lucky to have a Mama who can cook! c

  6. Looks excellent, Rosemary. I love seeing how you are preparing Jade for the lean weeks 🙂

  7. Carole says:

    Hi there. The current Food on Friday on Carole’s Chatter is collecting links to dishes using duck or other game birds. I do hope you link this in. This is the link . It would be great if you checked out some of the other links – there some good ones already. Cheers

  8. Carole says:

    Rosemary, thanks for linking this fantastic dish in. I hope to see you again soon. Cheers

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