Cooking with Fire Episode 39: Duck a l’Orange on the Grill

Pitmaster Josh Cary and Chef Tom Jackson talk about the classic French dish Duck à l’Orange, and take it up a notch by cooking it on the Kamado Joe Classic II Ceramic Grill.

Duck a l’Orange on the Grill


  • 2 duck breasts
  • 1 cup duck or chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 tbsp champagne or white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp orange liquor
  • 1 1/2 cup orange juice
  • juice of 1 small lemon
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp orange zest


Preheat your charcoal grill for high heat (400ºF) direct grilling. Place 3-4 fist-sized chunks of hickory wood on the coals. Place a Lodge 12” Cast Iron Skillet on the cooking grate to preheat.

Place the duck breasts skin side down in the skillet. Cook until seared and browned, flip and close the lid of the grill. Continue cooking until the internal temperature reaches 150ºF. Remove the breasts from the skillet, cover and put in a warm place.

Deglaze the skillet that the breasts were cooked in with the duck/chicken stock. Scrape up the fond from the bottom of the skillet with a wooden spoon. Remove from the grill.

You may also like: Cooking with Fire Episode 34: World’s Greatest Sandwich

Place a smaller cast iron skillet on the grill. Add the sugar and vinegar and cook until the sugar begins to caramelize. Remove from the heat and whisk in the orange liquor. Return the skillet to the heat. Add the stock, pan drippings, and orange and lemon juices. and cook until the sauce is slightly thickened; about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat. Add the butter and swirl until incorporated. Strain the sauce.

Slice each duck breast and top with the orange zest. Ladle the sauce over the top to serve.

Duck a l'Orange on the Grill

Duck a l'Orange on the Grill

Duck a l'Orange on the Grill

Duck a l'Orange on the Grill

Duck a l'Orange on the Grill

I agree to have my personal information transferred to MailChimp ( more information )
Chef Tom and our team spend hours in our Teaching Kitchen developing and proving new recipes so you know that when you're cooking something from us, it will be great. Sign-up here to get our best recipes, barbecue product overviews and offers straight to your inbox weekly.
We hate spam. Your email address will not be sold or shared with anyone else.

Leave a Reply