Gator Piquant

Discussion in 'Non-fish Seafood' started by smokinal, Sep 3, 2011.

  1. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Been looking for a good gator recipe, and the other Al (AlBlancher) sent me his Gator Piquant Sauce recipe.

    We changed it somewhat & this is what we came up with. I think we may make this at the South Florida gathering. It is fantastic.

    Smoked Alligator & Sausage Piquant

    1 lb             tail meat cut into ½ inch cubes

    1 lb             smoked andoulli sausage

    1 c              canola oil

    1 c              flour

    2 c              diced onion

    2 c              diced celery

    1 ½ c          diced bell pepper

    ½ c             minced garlic

    2                 10oz cans Ro’tel tomatoes w/green chili’s

    4 cans         chicken broth (about 2 quarts)       

    1 tsp            salt

    1 tsp            pepper

    1 tbs            La hot sauce

    Make dark brown roux with the oil and flour

    Add the gator and sauté 5 to10 minutes

    In a large cast iron pot put a little oil in the bottom & sauté the onions, celery, bell pepper and garlic 3 to 5 min until veggies are wilted, being careful not to burn the garlic.

    Add the gator & roux, stirring in with veggies.

    Add tomatoes and chicken broth, stir well and add salt, pepper and hot sauce. 

    Bring to rolling boil then put on grill over a 300 degree charcoal fire, or in a 300 degree smoker .

    On the grill or in the smoker, it should just barely be bubbling, like in a crock pot.

    Throw some hickory chunks on the charcoal to give it a smoke flavor.

    Do not put a cover on the pot, but do close the grill.

    Stir occasionally & after 1 ½ hours, add the sausage.

    Cook another ½ to ¾ hour, or until sausage is hot & gator is tender.

    Serve over rice.

    I wasn't going to take any photo's, but it looked so good I did manage to get a couple after it was on the grill.

    It's been on about 1 hour here.                                            It must smell good cause here come some visitors.          

                                                                                                  

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    They are sandhill cranes & they come up in the yard                            Here's the piquant all done.

    all the time. They are not afraid of people at all.

    They eat the bird seed that falls out of the feeders.

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    Made some rice to put it on.                                                        Here it is ready to eat.

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    I realize that most of you don't have easy access to gator meat, but the recipe could be used for any kind of meat. Gator tail is very lean & it's much like skinless chicken breast in the amount of fat in it.

    Thanks for looking. Hope you enjoyed it, and hope some of you try this recipe out. You won't be disappionted!
     
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2011
  2. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That looks Great Al & Al !-----Mighty tasty !!!!

    I think I ran out of Gator, but since "It Tastes Like Chicken"?!?!  [​IMG]

    Thanks for the recipe,

    Bear
     
  3. miamirick

    miamirick Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    looks tasty al good way to start the weekend
     
  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks Bear!

    I have enough for the whole weekend Rick!
     
  5. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hmm can anyone say Sandhill Crain Piquant???? I'm just saying.
     
  6. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    LOL---Looks like a lot of extra "neck-meat" on them birdies !!!!

    Bear
     
  7. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★


    How bout Craturducken?
     
  8. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Ha ha even better.
     
     
  9. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    You can live in Louisiana anytime Al that looks great...[​IMG]
     
  10. miamirick

    miamirick Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    al i dont know if there is enough meat on those cranes to do much with      maybe a  crane fattie!
     
  11. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    You can substitute just about anything for the gator  Rabbit, chicken, shrimp, firm body fish, nutria, raccoon.  I know rabbit is very popular.
     
  12. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks great, Al!

    Those sandhill cranes brought back some memories!

    Good luck and good smoking.
     
  13. The SF gathering is going to be outrageous! In my mind, it can't get here soon enough.

    Nice looking piquant Smokin' Al. I've really got to get in the mind set that you can smoke

    more than just meaty things. I'm dying to try smoked mac and cheese.

    See you at the Gathering...James

    BTW- Will be ordering the three trophies next week to make sure we have them in time.

              The plates on the trophies will read:

    " 1st Annual South Florida Smoking Meat Forums Gathering"

                         " Best In Ribs 2011"

    " 1st Annual South Florida Smoking Meat Forums Gathering"

                         " Best In Chicken 2011"

    " 1st Annual South Florida Smoking Meat Forums Gathering"

                          " Best In Special Dish 2011"

    If anyone has changes in mind or better wording or anything that'll

    make the trophies really stand out, let me know before 9-15-2011.

    Sorry, didn't mean to hi-jack your thread Al, please forgive...James
     
  14. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    No problem James, the trophy's sound perfect.
     
  15. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Al----I think I just saw a nice Bass jump in your pond, just on the edge of the grassy area on the far side of the pond!!!!

    Bear
     
  16. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    You probably did!

    It's full of hungry bass, I fish quite a bit back there and usually catch one right away.

    The biggest I've caught was a 8.5 pounder, and of course Judy caught a 10 pounder!
     
  17. grohl4pres

    grohl4pres Meat Mopper

    Looks really good. I love some gator.
     
  18. teeznuts

    teeznuts Master of the Pit

    Damn I wish i could find gator in california. Tried it once in chicago of all places and I loved it.
     
  19. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    You have a slice of Paradice there and the Gator looks good too!...JJ
     
  20. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks guys!

    Every once in a while we get a gator in the pond, but they usually don't stay around for too long.
     

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