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WilliamKY
11-03-2018, 04:00 PM
I've always been curious about gator meat so this might be a first. A meat shop not far from me recently started carrying these small skinned gators. $9.00lb. Just wondering if it's worth the investment.

frankenfab
11-03-2018, 04:26 PM
The tail meat is the best. I fry it like deer meat. Tail meat is all I've ever bought.

Westx
11-03-2018, 04:28 PM
Love me some fried ��. Have seen a couple of them smoked.

bluffman2
11-03-2018, 04:45 PM
Very good. That’s a good price

OklaDustDevil
11-03-2018, 07:17 PM
I have eaten it, mainly as a novelty and mainly fried like chicken. But I wouldnt go out of my way to buy it or eat it and I damn sure wouldn’t pay $9 per pound for it.

Gary Tomato
11-03-2018, 07:27 PM
BBQ Pit Boys smoked a whole gator in one of their videos check it out https://youtu.be/uZhnpAhYmb0

Joshw
11-03-2018, 07:47 PM
To me it is similar to the taste of frog legs, if you have eaten them. Probably can get frog legs a lot cheaper.

Happy Hapgood
11-03-2018, 07:48 PM
Cube it and try it blackened. Better than fried to me.

bluffman2
11-03-2018, 07:51 PM
To me it is similar to the taste of frog legs, if you have eaten them. Probably can get frog legs a lot cheaper.

Yep. Wholesale on frogs here is 6 bucks for 100% net

Pig_Farmer
11-03-2018, 08:30 PM
Gator is awesome!! I've had it several different ways and it was always great. I've never cooked any, but if I were to find some in my neck of the woods (desert) at $9/lb I'm buying.

WilliamKY
11-03-2018, 08:43 PM
To me it is similar to the taste of frog legs, if you have eaten them. Probably can get frog legs a lot cheaper.
I've had many frog legs. So gator meat is gooooood!

morgan-que
11-04-2018, 12:37 AM
Tastes like chicken.:-D:-D:laugh::laugh:
I have only had fried Gator tail and Being a Florida Gator fan, I must say I do love some Gator tail.:wink::wink:



I've had many frog legs. So gator meat is gooooood!

MMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!







Frog legs............

TuscaloosaQ
11-04-2018, 07:15 AM
I hope it’s good I got 15 pounds in the freezer... one of my customers in Florida hooked me up....
I’ve had it before and like previously stated it kinda reminded me of frog legs

Monte Cristo
11-04-2018, 09:41 AM
BBQ Pit Boys smoked a whole gator in one of their videos check it out https://youtu.be/uZhnpAhYmb0

Great video.

Sakamoto
11-04-2018, 01:39 PM
Folks that I cook for would be talking about that for weeks!

jermoQ
11-04-2018, 02:40 PM
Cube it and try it blackened. Better than fried to me.

I agree with toast. I have had it fried a few times, and Toast made it blackened at the StL Bash. It was good. That was tail meat though. Not sure how to tell you to do whole. I like the idea of smoked gator.

I think it is a cross in texture and maybe taste between frog legs and pork chops

GVDub
11-04-2018, 03:00 PM
Tends to be dry, so basting/mopping and a preliminary brining are called for if smoking. My friend Gerard Melancon in Thibodeaux, LA does a giant pot of gator gumbo, from time to time. His stirrer for the pot is a reject guitar neck (Gerard makes some of the finest boutique electrics you've ever seen).

WilliamKY
11-04-2018, 06:47 PM
Thanks for everyone's input. I did my first suckling pig this year so I believe a gator is next on the 'to cook' list.

mjpmap
11-04-2018, 07:05 PM
The tail meat cubed and dry breaded for the deep fryer is to die for. The leg & body meat mixed with andouille makes a gumbo that will leave ‘em talkin’ forever. Good stuff there.

JDM46
11-04-2018, 07:10 PM
[QUOTE=morgan-que;4091321]Tastes like chicken.:-D:-D:laugh::laugh:
I have only had fried Gator tail and Being a Florida Gator fan, I must say I do love some Gator tail.:wink::wink:

To quote a Great American Orator "Larry the cable Guy"
That's Funny:clap2::clap2:

EdF
11-05-2018, 02:09 PM
I've had tail deep fried and in gumbo. Fine dishes! Wouldn't quite know how to approach a whole one. But I agree with the dry-brine idea.

Pedro7
11-05-2018, 05:01 PM
Ive had it fried and its pretty delicious. I've been seeing smoked ones on Instagram recently and they are all wrapped in bacon. Would be worth a shot at some point...

Peteg
11-05-2018, 08:10 PM
I had some at a food truck last year. It was tough and dry and covered in lemon pepper, so not that great. I could see how it could be good if it’s prepared right. If I had some I’d probably fry it with some onions like venison. Maybe even pound it thin first.

Rocky Branch BBQ
11-05-2018, 09:05 PM
Had it, liked it. Just like chicken it can carry 100''s of flavors. Plus it's good to enjoy a variety of meats and cooking methods.

Happy Hapgood
11-06-2018, 12:15 AM
I agree with toast. I have had it fried a few times, and Toast made it blackened at the StL Bash. It was good. That was tail meat though. Not sure how to tell you to do whole. I like the idea of smoked gator.

I think it is a cross in texture and maybe taste between frog legs and pork chops


We did not get it right that day jermoQ. I'll come with what we need to the Next STL Bash! Could have been the adult beverages and such. :tsk:

BigThicket
11-06-2018, 09:22 AM
To me it is similar to the taste of frog legs, if you have eaten them. Probably can get frog legs a lot cheaper.

Agree. Most of the time it's pretty chewy as well, so I'm not a big fan of the texture. I've eaten it several times growing up in Louisiana, but I don't really enjoy it.

BigThicket
11-06-2018, 09:24 AM
Tends to be dry, so basting/mopping and a preliminary brining are called for if smoking. My friend Gerard Melancon in Thibodeaux, LA does a giant pot of gator gumbo, from time to time. His stirrer for the pot is a reject guitar neck (Gerard makes some of the finest boutique electrics you've ever seen).

Sorry for the sidetrack, but just had to concur. Melancon's are indeed beautiful guitars.

upStomp
11-06-2018, 11:38 AM
I'd love to try it, but $9/lb sounds crazy high for "tastes like chicken" :mrgreen:

vvw51
11-06-2018, 02:55 PM
Just ask the Missouri Tigers. They had some Saturday.

KevinJ
11-06-2018, 05:21 PM
Cube it and try it blackened. Better than fried to me.

He knows. :thumb:

EyeBurnEverything
11-06-2018, 07:00 PM
I get the tail meat for 11/lb so i don't know if that's a good price. There is no Gators in PA.