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Smoked Alligator

cromag

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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.
 

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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.
 

werdwolf

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

fpnmf

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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
 

walle

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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.
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.
 

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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.
 

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I suspect the cook just like the Vol team just couldn't come up with a winning recipe and the proper procedures
 

mythmaster

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Tastes like chicken.


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

bluechip

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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.....
 

cromag

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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
 

miamirick

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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
 

lennyluminum

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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
hey Craig you should Post that recipe for us all it sounds like a good idea !!!!!
 
 

rp ribking

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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.....

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. 
 

big-guy

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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.
 

cullowheedawg

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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
 
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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.
 
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