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Smoked Goose Tacos Recipe

Serve smoked goose in warm tortillas with slices of tart green apple, crispy cabbage, shaved carrots, and a small amount of cilantro sauce.

Smoked Goose Tacos Recipe
I used Specklebelly geese for these tacos but you can also make them using mallard duck. (Photo courtesy of
Print Recipe

Serves: 6-8
Prep time: 2-3 hours
Cook time: 2 hours


  • 2 geese, plucked and cleaned
  • Shredded cabbage slaw
  • Green apples, thinly sliced
  • Flour or corn tortillas


  • ½ cup kosher salt
  • 8 cups water

Dry Rub Seasonings:

  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder

Cilantro Sauce:

  • 2 cups cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • ½ cup olive oil


  1. Wash and clean geese and place in a large pot or pan. Mix water and kosher salt and pour over the geese making sure they are submerged in the brine. Cover and place in refrigerator for 24 hours.
  2. Remove geese from brine and wash under cold water. Set geese on a rack over a baking sheet. Let the geese air dry for 2-3 hours.
  3. Mix all dry rub seasonings together in a bowl. Using clean hands, rub the seasonings all over the exterior and interior of the birds.

    Smoked Goose Tacos Recipe
    Seasoned geese. (Photo courtesy of
  4. Heat a smoker to 250 degrees and use apple wood chips or apple bisquettes.
  5. Place geese on the middle rack and bake for 2 hours. Use a meat thermometer to check temperature of the thickest part of the birds. Continue smoking until meat registers 150-155 degrees. Remove from smoker and loosely cover with aluminum foil. Let rest for 30 minutes to 1 hour before slicing.

    Smoked Goose Tacos Recipe
    Smoked goose for tacos. (Photo courtesy of
  6. To make cilantro, place all Cilantro Sauce ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. You may need to scrape down the sides.
  7. Serve sliced goose meat in a warm flour or corn tortilla with shredded cabbage, sliced green apples, shaved carrots and cilantro sauce.

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