Coffee Rubbed Gadwall

Few things taste as good on a cold weather duck hunt as a hot cup of coffee, but do you know that coffee adds a new dimension when rubbed into a duck before cooking?  A great tasting rub will enhance the flavor of any meat.  This rub combines fairly common rub ingredients with freshly ground coffee.  While it might sound a little goofy at first, you’ll love the aromatic quality it’ll give to your grilled ducks.  Try this recipe on any waterfowl, antlered game or beef.

Coffee Rubbed Gadwall


  • 4 gadwall ducks split down the backbone and breast into two halves.
  • 3 tablespoons ground coffee beans or substitute coffee grounds
  • 3 tablespoons coarse ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoons DU Savory Herb Seasoning)
  • 1 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoons garlic powder
  • ¾ teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoons paprika


  • Pat ducks dry with paper towels. Combine rub ingredients and rub into outside of ducks. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 – 3 hours. Place on a white-hot, well-lubricated grill. Cook breast side down until browned.
  • Flip over and continue to cook to desired doneness.

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