Gator Meat

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akawsmjim

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Dec 23, 2009
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Arlington, TX
Hey folks, Gator question. A hunter fried of mine handed me a 5lb slab of gator meat. Any suggestions on grilling/smoking?

My first guess would be grilling with some sort of Cajun seasoning and grill?
 

kc5tpy

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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!

Danny
 

JckDanls 07

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for me.. I like mine cut up in nuggets, beer battered, and a fried in a cast iron skillet for a quick couple of minutes on each side... I find the longer cooked, the tougher it gets...
 

bkleinsmid

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Hey Jim.........I get a number of rattlesnakes out here each year........save the meat and make sausage. One of the best to turn out was some "Rattle-Gator" brats.

Brad
 

akawsmjim

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Dec 23, 2009
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Arlington, TX
 
Hey Jim.........I get a number of rattlesnakes out here each year........save the meat and make sausage. One of the best to turn out was some "Rattle-Gator" brats.

Brad
Do you add any pork butt fat or anything for the sausage, or just straight gator?
 

foamheart

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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!
 

ufboostedgator

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Sep 8, 2011
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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.
 

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