Grilled Ducks with Sweet-Hot Barbecue Sauce

For my money, the store-bought barbecue sauce is O.K. in a pinch, but it’s easy enough to make your own. Once you brew up your first batch of homemade barbecue sauce, there was no turning back. Soon, you’ll be making your own labels and handing out you signature sauce at Christmas. This recipe is a good place to start with a basic sauce that is both sweet and hot – a great combination.

Grilled Ducks with Sweet-Hot Barbecue Sauce


  • 4 ducks halved
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • BBQ Sauce
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup onion finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup green bell pepper finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp Tabasco or more
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice


  • Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and pepper and sauté for 5 – 7 minutes or until onions are translucent. Add garlic and brown sugar and cook for 2 minutes more. Stir in remaining ingredients and simmer for 30 minutes over low heat.
  • Rub duck halves with olive oil, salt and pepper. Grill over white-hot coals until medium-rare. Just before serving, baste with barbecue sauce.

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