Anyone know any good ideas for non-sweet duck glazes? All of them I can find in my books and the internet seem to be either honey or orange based.
I know of none, but here you go. Continue omitting fruits from the search query until they stop showing up on the first page. I got tired of it at this point.
Balsamic, but that's sweet.
You could also try making a red wine reduction; that can easily go full glaze if you use the fond, then strain before your final thickening. Use something fruity.
I understand a glaze has to have sugar to be a glaze, but I worded that poorly. I just didn't want something sweet-sweet like a honey glaze where that's really the main thing you get out of it vs something like a pepper glaze where flavors other than sweet or sour are sharing the spotlight of that makes sense.
Visit your local Asian market and get some maltose. It is much less sweet than the typical ingredients called for in glazes (honey, table sugar, etc.) You can use it as-is if you want to be really simple or you can add in whatever seasonings you like.