Whole Skinned Alligator per Pound
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We purchased a 37 pound whole, skinned alligator, smoked him for 17 hours over a maple wood fire, and ate him up! It was a great experience, and the Louisiana Crawfish Company did us right on all counts! I have an annual tradition of throwing a party for the people I work with and my friends at J&J Barbeque Experience here in Rochester, MN smoke a whole beast - almost always a mammal (pig, boar, lamb, goat). But this year we decided to step out of our comfort zone and try a gator. I called about 2 months ahead of the time and told them what size a gator I was interested in. I received a call back within a couple of days that one had come in and they said they would hold it frozen for me if I wanted. Talk about excellent customer service! We talked about when I wanted it delivered - and 2 months later, right on cue, there was big Styrofoam cooler waiting for me on my front porch when I came home! The gator was still frozen solid - so there were no concerns about any spoilage. We brined/thawed him for about 30 hours in salt, sugar, Zatarain's crab boil, and plenty of ice. We stuffed him with about 10 cups of Andouille stuffing (from Paul Prudhomme's turducken recipe on his website) and 2 deboned ducks - each stuffed with about a cup of the stuffing. After we tied him up with butcher's string and put him on his back in the smoker, we draped him with 5 pounds of good apple wood smoked bacon to make sure he didn't dry out. We held his jaw open with a block of wood, and wrapped the head and paws (the parts that still had the hide on them) in aluminum foil to keep the skin from burning. Then it was low and slow - 17 hours at about 230 degrees F with a charcoal and maple wood fire. Just in case some of the party guests were squicked out about eating a reptile - we also put on 2 whole chickens about half way thru the process. That also gave us an opportunity to mimic an Australian photo of a smoked gator, draped in bacon, with a smoked chicken in his mouth (which is why we wanted to cook him with his mouth open). So after 17 hours - we took him out to rest. The original plan was to turn him over so we could pose the gator with the chicken in his mouth - but it turned out that it was so tender that the head just slide off, and we could just turn the head over to pose the jaws and chicken, With the crispy bacon on his underside and the head turned around - you'd need to be an expert in alligator anatomy to realize that the pose was not possible in real life! Needless to say, an alligator barbeque is not an everyday occurrence in Minnesota - so there was lot of Oh's and Ah's when people saw him! But after we finished admiring the artistic pose - we pulled him apart and started eating! I have had fried gator when I lived in New Orleans, but I wasn't quite sure what to expect - but it was delicious! Gator is a fairly light white meat that takes the smoke well and tastes more similar to turkey than anything else (IMHO!). Between the long, slow cooking, the bacon, and the stuffing, the meat was tender and moist. Rave reviews from a bunch of Minnesotans! So a big thanks to the Louisiana Crawfish Company! The service was great and the gator was perfect. I'm already thinking about the party next year. Hmmm. Maybe a crawfish boil. Highsmith
I do not even know where to start. We ordered this gator and we slow grilled (here in Michigan's Upper Peninsula) we had friends over and everyone loved the food. I think you'll be seeing more orders for here. I really can't put into words how great not only the gator was but also this company. Thank you!
We gotta 26 pounds skin hole alligator man if I tell you We grind seasoned and smoked that baby he was the best wouldn't buy a gator from no one else thank you Louisiana crawfish company you are the best package sit sealed and delivered Our party was the talk of the talk of the month looking to book with you again thank you so much
Alligator was delivered on time and was perfect. The meat was very clean with no 'swampiness'. It was definitely the perfect centerpiece for our Graduation celebration.
This is the first time we ordered a gator from Louisiana Crawfish Company and we were impressed! It was delicious and everyone asked where we got it from. We will be ordering again in the near future. Thank you all for helping make our party one our guests won’t forget!
This is the first time I’ve ever grilled a whole gator. It was delicious! The delivery was on time everything was still frozen when I finally got home three days later. It could ask for a better experience
Absolutely what I wanted. Fit perfectly on my smoker. Was a huge hit at my party. Can definitely tell this is something I’ll purchase again.
Ordered an 18 pound gator. It came quick and still frozen! It was my first time smoking a gator and came out amazing! Got a good 6 pounds of meat out of it, minus the pound and a half with my wife and I eating as were taking the meat off. From ordering to receiving to smoking and eating, everything went smooth and accordingly!
Ordered a 33lb gator for niece&amp;#39;s b-day. Brined it for 2 days in 15gal water &amp;amp; ice, 3lb kosher salt. Stuffed it with sausage &amp;amp; seasoned it with olive oil McCormick Montreal chicken rub. Smoked it in the traeger with hickory pellets at 265 for 4 hours. Needless to say it was hit. Might have to make this a yearly thing.