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The Ultimate Tailgate Bracket Round 1, Barbecue/Grilling Region: (8) Chargrilled Oysters vs. (9) Grilled Alligator

Of all the grilling items in this region, these have to be two of the best visuals.

Dan Davis

No. 8 Chargrilled Oysters

Whether you're working out of a fresh sack and just doing this on the half-shell, or have some sort of specialty device like The Oyster Bed, you'll be king of your tailgate if you trot these bad boys out. It can be a little unwieldy, but the key is to have a system. Something to keep your oysters arranged and upright, and your buttery/garlicy/cheesey sauce pre-made. Warm it up, get the oysters going them slather ‘em down. Oh, and have lots of French bread on hand for dipping.

No. 9 Grilled Alligator

I have to say, I've only seen pictures of this one, but it's always a stark visual. A whole alligator, cleaned and either on a spit or grill. Occasionally wrapped in bacon. Jorts optional, of course.