Gator meat orders soar ahead of LSU, Florida matchup

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BATON ROUGE, La.- (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) – This weekend the rest of the country might look at Florida University’s mascot and see a highly ranked sec football team. But Louisiana on the hand… They just see a nice sauce piquante.

“Well you know it’s LSU versus Florida so you have to have fried alligator,” Brandon Turner said. “There’s no other way to do it.”

Brandon Turner is a former LSU student that knows his way around a tailgate. He says Florida is a big game for a multitude of reasons, but the “Tigerbait” festivities are what he loves most. LSU fans like turner, have been pushing the sales up for alligator meat ahead of the game this weekend and meat markets are starting to feel that pressure.

“It is our busiest time for alligator meat for the whole year,” William Durand said. “Especially if it’s a home game.”

William Durand is a chef at Chris’s Specialty Meats. His job is to whip up the food and fill specialty orders. And heavy on the order list today: alligator.

“We go through a lot of whole alligators this week we went through about 60 orders,” Durand said.

Alligator is on the pricer side of the meat business. A whole one is going to run six to eight pounds and cost around $7 to $10 dollars per pound, depending on where you buy it from. If you want smaller pieces of gator meat, you’re looking at another $10 to $20 dollars.

“It’s just that kind of market. It’s a little pricey. But if you want it, you pay for it.”

But whether it be a sauce piquante, alligator po’boy, or just alligator links, you can find this Louisiana delicacy almost anywhere in time for the game.

Here are some places you can look for alligator meats:

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