Alligator meat

  • wesv

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    Feb 08, 2015 6:14 AM GMT
    Have you guys ever tried it? I know of a restaurant that serves gator bites. I'm thinking about trying it. How's it like?
  • coolarmydude

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    Feb 08, 2015 12:06 PM GMT
    Tried it and cooked it. I once made an alligator sauce picant(e) and it was good, but even better after refrigerating the cooked meal overnight.

    I've also had it fried before - tastes like chicken. The part you eat is the meat from the tail.
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    Feb 08, 2015 1:13 PM GMT
    They pulled a biggun out of the neighborhood fishin' hole down here. Like a 12 footer. He was lurking under the dock where the guys lift their catch out of the water and then he would snap when they leaned over. I thought it was gonna be catch and release but when I asked the Wildlife guys what happened to him they said nope, he ended up on the table. Apparently, the bigguns are just as tasty. Used his hide too. icon_cry.gif
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    Feb 08, 2015 1:57 PM GMT
    Never tried it. I have eaten wild boar though, slightly "gamey" but I liked it.
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    Feb 08, 2015 2:14 PM GMT
    I used to have matching alligator wallets, key cases, belts, and wristwatch bands. I thought that was prohibited now. So it's legal to EAT them today?
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    Feb 08, 2015 2:49 PM GMT
    A lot of New Orleans restaurants have it on the menu. I think some places you have to wrestle it before you eat it. Or maybe I'm thinking of Scruffy/Radd.
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    Feb 08, 2015 3:02 PM GMT
    tastes like chicken,. slightly chewier as lump meat
  • builtnycguy

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    Feb 08, 2015 3:29 PM GMT
    Something between chicken and fish, but more towards chicken and chewier.
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    Feb 08, 2015 3:35 PM GMT
    builtnycguy saidSomething between chicken and fish, but more towards chicken and chewier.


    Exactly.
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    Feb 08, 2015 4:11 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidI used to have matching alligator wallets, key cases, belts, and wristwatch bands. I thought that was prohibited now. So it's legal to EAT them today?


    Its been legal to eat them for a while now. Louisiana and Florida at the least have numerous "farms" that supply meat and hide to the food and accessory industries
  • jock5827

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    Feb 08, 2015 4:24 PM GMT
    It really does taste kind of like chicken. When I had it, the meat looked really white, and there was a little bit of fishy/salty taste to it. Not bad at all.
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    Feb 08, 2015 5:35 PM GMT
    http://www.fws.gov/endangered/esa-library/pdf/alligator.pdf

    It eats. Definitely chewy. Novelty food kind of like (and unfortunately like) eating rattlesnake meat.

    American alligator recovery and delisting (kinda) is one of our biggest recovery success stories. Managed harvest of the wild population and lots of captive farming.

    I imagine the wild. population is just a little more popular with local folks then efforts to recover the gray wolf in the American west. Cattlemen would love to see wolf on a menu.

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    Feb 08, 2015 9:23 PM GMT
    It has quite a bite to it.
  • coolarmydude

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    Feb 08, 2015 10:22 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidI used to have matching alligator wallets, key cases, belts, and wristwatch bands. I thought that was prohibited now. So it's legal to EAT them today?


    It's always been legal, but there is an annual quota on how many can be hunted. Hunters buy the tags upfront, then go out and hunt them, tagging them as they kill them. When they're out of tags, no more hunting.
  • jeep334

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    Feb 08, 2015 11:39 PM GMT
    I had it once at an exclusive restaurant. The occasion was special and unique so I thought I would try something exotic and ordered alligator. Sadly, nothing special about it other than the uniqueness. For me it was a one-time thing - just like escargot. Once is enough. I would prefer meatloaf with steak fries and everything smothered in gravy with a Labatt Blue. OK, maybe a Golden Cadillac or White Russian. Maybe one or two or three of each. icon_cool.gif
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    Feb 09, 2015 12:32 AM GMT
    It's good. I like it. Have had it in gumbo, fried, pasta, etc. It's not gamey like most wild meat.
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    Feb 09, 2015 1:48 AM GMT
    I've only tried blackened tail.

    The texture struck me as rubbery, like an undercooked scallop.
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    Feb 09, 2015 3:47 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    wesv saidHave you guys ever tried it? I know of a restaurant that serves gator bites. I'm thinking about trying it. How's it like?


    It DOES taste like chicken!
    The guy who I was with told me it would taste like chicken too but it really didn't. I was expecting something tough but it just wasn't at all special.icon_sad.gif
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    Feb 09, 2015 3:55 AM GMT
    Life2Short said
    Art_Deco saidI used to have matching alligator wallets, key cases, belts, and wristwatch bands. I thought that was prohibited now. So it's legal to EAT them today?

    Its been legal to eat them for a while now. Louisiana and Florida at the least have numerous "farms" that supply meat and hide to the food and accessory industries

    Newa to me, guess I've been outta the loop. So I can wear them again, too?
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    Feb 09, 2015 4:10 AM GMT
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    There's a restaurant by my house called Jacques-Imos that serves a nice Alligator Cheesecake. It's very good.
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    Feb 10, 2015 2:43 AM GMT
    alligator meat!

    http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2013/02/13/the-alligator-has-a-permanently-erect-bungee-penis/
  • interesting

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    Feb 10, 2015 7:52 AM GMT
    Here in Florida, there is a park that's created for visitors to see alligators and they sell the meat there. Tasted it, and indeed it does taste a lot like chicken, perhaps that is truly chicken, but it doesn't taste any different.

    I do wonder how they prepared it though, would it take more steps to make the meat more tender?
  • tj85016

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    Feb 10, 2015 8:37 PM GMT
    I had an alligator stew once in Florida

    I don't recommend it, it's tough and chewy - you can order a much better meal
  • wesv

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    Feb 11, 2015 6:26 AM GMT
    Radd saidShrimp-and-Alligator-Cheesecake.jpg
    There's a restaurant by my house called Jacques-Imos that serves a nice Alligator Cheesecake. It's very good.


    Looks a bit heavy but my metabolism says "sure."