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Smoked Alligator

Discussion in 'Wild Game' started by cromag, Sep 18, 2010.

  1. cromag

    cromag Smoking Fanatic

    In show of support for the Vols beating the Gators I had some smoked alligator, so can someone tell me how to get the awful taste of that gator out of my mouth!! I'll pass next time I'm offered gator meat.
  2. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    Gator does not taste awful. It is great fried like fish or made into a sauce piquant.

     Never tried to smoke it but it sounds like someone ruined some good gator.
  3. werdwolf

    werdwolf Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Only had gator once years ago and remember it was good, grilled on an open fire.
  4. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Gator has a fairly neutral taste.  I use it when I make jamblaya in the DO on campouts. Takes on a great flavor.

      Craig in Atlanta
  5. walle

    walle Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Gotta agree 110% with the EMAN on this one - aligator sauce piquant is one of my favorites!

    As close as I've come to smoking them, were some little ones I did in a cajun microwave - they were very good.  I marinaded them overnight in italian dressing and garlic, then just seasoned them up on the outside (back in the day before I knew of rubs, etc.).  I'm guessing I used some Tony's, garlic salt, and greek seasoning.

    Gator is a tough meat that has to be cooked to break it down, but it is good.

    I'm guessing you just got a bad batch, Craig in Atlanta.
  6. Either the meat was bad, the person didn't know how to cook it or it wasn't bled properly when it was killed.

    It does NOT taste like chicken no matter what people say but it is a good tasting meat that can be great if cooked right.
  7. pineywoods

    pineywoods SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    I suspect the cook just like the Vol team just couldn't come up with a winning recipe and the proper procedures [​IMG]
  8. dmcdow

    dmcdow Newbie

    I think that there was some tongue in cheek in cromag's post
  9. mythmaster

    mythmaster Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Tastes like chicken. [​IMG]

    LOL, that made me think of zombies which led me to this video which made me laugh uncontrollably:
  10. smoke_chef

    smoke_chef Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    gator = good

    who ever cooked it for you = bad
  11. If it tasted that awful, then someone must have not trimmed off the fat...Just a little piece of alligator fat will ruin a whole pot of sauce piquante' or fried, or smoke.....
  12. cromag

    cromag Smoking Fanatic

    It was a BBQ shack and he smoked it. Said it came from his meat distibutor and that's all I know about it. I guess deep fat fried would be better but he only had a smoked chunk of meat and I didn't care for it... and yes Florida beat up on TN again for the 6th game in a row [​IMG]
  13. miamirick

    miamirick Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    sorry cromag the only way a gator tastes good is fried up

    i guess the only way to get the bad taste out of your mouth is to score a few more points
  14. hey Craig you should Post that recipe for us all it sounds like a good idea !!!!!
  15. rp ribking

    rp ribking Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I was watching a show called Swamp People and they said to MAKE SURE that you cut ALL the FAT OFF or it will ruin your day. 
  16. Gator is fine meat treat like any white fish, batter and fried is terrific, It doesn't have enough fat to smoke IMHO. Makes fine sausage too.
  17. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I will post it in the dutch oven section next week...  
  18. pandemonium

    pandemonium Master of the Pit

    haha that is funny
  19. Thinking about cooking Gator either for UGA/LSU  game but esp. for ga/fl  was going to make a chile but had thought about smoking about 2 hours first for flavor  what about brining it to get more moisture in meat, wrip in bacon and smoke maybe 2 hours then cut in small chunks for chile.  What do you think.  Cullowheedawg
  20. If you got some bad gator, just try a different tact next time--win!  Just as we do in football, baseball, cooking,  and a few other things.