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hugo
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Cooking a whole small gator
I have a small gator, maybe 3 foot with the head on. Planning on cooking Saturday. Will be using my Treager.

Any advice is welcome.


gumbo2176
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re: Cooking a whole small gator
I've cooked gator before many times as a sauce piquant but never on a grill or smoker.

I would think you'd have to cover the thinner areas of the meat in the legs and end of the tail with foil during the cooking process to keep them from burning or possibly drying out too much since they are thinner than the bulk of the tail meat.

Three feet with the head still on is really a small gator. You probably don't have but 5 lbs. of meat on that thing once cleaned and cooked.


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re: Cooking a whole small gator
Rotisserie baw


Dale Doubak
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That’s lame. Hey look at me I’m spinning a gator and ruining the meat so people think I’m cool. Waste of a small gator.
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He’s cooking a whole gator, he’s trying to look cool and waste good meat. Might as well go all out


scott8811
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Gonna try and hijack a bit... I'm frying gator tail.... probably going to cut into chunks. How long do I let it fry??


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re: Cooking a whole small gator
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Hey look at me I’m spinning a gator and ruining the meat so people think I’m cool. Waste of a small gator.
yeah. The meat will almost be inedible. A 3 ft gator is tiny. Like less than 5 lbs tiny. There will just be little strips of meat. The legs will look like squirrel legs.


Dale Doubak
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Lol. At least buy 10lbs of tail meat and fry. I just don’t get the smoking it. We will see it all day on TV
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BigDropper
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re: Cooking a whole small gator
Bard it with bacon...
Eta pic:
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BigDropper
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re: Cooking a whole small gator
Great contribution to the conversation.


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NOFOX
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He’s cooking a whole gator, he’s trying to look cool and waste good meat. Might as well go all out


Is he stuffing it with ribeye or something?


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Midget Death Squad
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Who's the lucky chap with dibs on the claws?



What's your plan to grill a whole small elephant in a month?
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lsupride87
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Gonna try and hijack a bit... I'm frying gator tail.... probably going to cut into chunks. How long do I let it fry??

Are you hooked on frying it? Blackening is easier and taste delicious

Only takes about 2 minutes each side for blackening, takes about 3-4 mins frying it
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Bigpoppat
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That looks awful


Chitown_Badger
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It's odd to make it more difficult on yourself. Why not just butcher it and smoke the similarly sized pieces? Or is the visual spectacle and "whoa, look what he's doing" part of what you're going for?

Also, I don't eat gator but it would smoking it make it tough? Seems like it's something that should be fried or blackened.


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alajones
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re: Cooking a whole small gator
I’ve seen it once on a big green egg. Guy skinned it except for the head and wrapped it all in bacon.

Unfortunately I never got to see the finished product


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PawnMaster
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We’re doing the same, except using a Cajun Microwave. Mostly for show. I’d rather fry it or sauce piquant but the other guys are set on cooking it whole. No tips as I’ve never done it.

Thinking about parboiling it in crawfish seasoning the night before. Is that necessary?


Twenty 49
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I talked to a guy who cooked a couple of farm-raised 10 pounders whole. Said they wrapped in bacon and smoked for about 4 hours (I think). He said the meat just pulled right off, and everybody loved it.


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I talked to a guy who cooked a couple of farm-raised 10 pounders whole. Said they wrapped in bacon and smoked for about 4 hours (I think). He said the meat just pulled right off, and everybody loved it.


What temp do you smoke it at? I’d imagine it hasn’t to be really low to avoid over cooking


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