Hello AkaWsmJim. I have only had gator twice. It was deep fried like fish fillets ( I didn't cook it ). IMHO; I would treat it as a 5lb fish fillet or a 5lb chicken breast if you want to keep it whole. If you have never had it, the flavour is hard to describe, Deep fried it has a fishy chicken taste to me. I have read that when smoked it tastes sort of like pork, It can be smoked or grilled judging by the texture and what I have read. Good luck. Keep smokin!
White meat or dark meat? White meat (tail and backstrap) is that which is sometimes fried. Dark meat the basically the legs is usually make into a Sauce Piquante or cooked a long time much like an old hen. Make sure it is well cleaned, that gator fat is terrible!
You can fry 'em, make sausage, grill it, smoke it, I have heard of it done like the candied salmon but never seen or tasted it.
I can't think of a reason you couldn't do anything that you can do with any other meat. Gator sausage is becoming more and more popular, me I'll stick with a good sauce piquante anyday!
If you got a big ole hunk of meat, I would cut it up into small strips or nuggets. Batter and fry is the best/easiest way to do gator tail. If you smoke or grill it is easier to dry it out and get tough. I have a simple dry wet dry for gator. I use plain flour with black pepper and some cajun seasoning first, then dip in an egg/milk mix and then finish in flour mix with some corn meal more pepper, cajun, garlic powder and onion powder.