Utes fans smoke alligator before football home opener against Florida

Aug 31, 2023, 1:35 PM

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – When you ask people what’s the most wonderful time of the year, some will tell you the holidays.

On Thursday outside Rice-Eccles Stadium, the answer is the college football season as the Utah Utes take on the Florida Gators for the first game of the season.

Two words: Tail Gaters!

Utah Utes fans set up their tailgates early Thursday morning and brought nothing less than gators to eat. 

“It’s been on ice!” Lec Holmes said. 

“Hoping we smoke them Gators, gonna take Mertz down, that’s the name of the gator,” Cody Smith said. 

Outside of Rice-Eccles Stadium, you will meet some of the biggest Utes fans.

“We ordered it from Florida. Seasoned it. Put some sausage inside of it. Wrapped it in bacon,” Holmes said. 

Fans were getting ready for the first game of the season taking on – or in this case – hoping to smoke and grill — the Florida Gators.

“Trimming all the fat out of the gator, trying to get the swamp flavor out of it,” Mike Chrisdiansen said.

Sitting beside the cooler it came to his door in, Chrisdiansen is a pro. He smoked a gator before the Rose Bowl. 

“We knew the gators were coming because we got beat last year. We want our revenge, so now we’re putting it on the smoker,” Chrisdiansen said.

For other long-time tailgaters, this marks their first time preparing and eating gator.

“This is our first trip!” Holmes said.

“I think Delilah sounds like a good gator name. I’ve never done this before, just kind of following a recipe,” Scott Bartlett said.

Thursday night, we will know who wins.

“Hopefully, we can get that W!” Cody Smith said. 

Based on these early predictions from these fans, the gators are not going to make it past the goal line, or out of the grill. 

“This year we’re gonna do it. It’s our turn! We still gonna eat the gator.” Holmes said.

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

Matt Gephardt speaking to Thelissa Mead about Hyundai not responding to her claims and getting her ...

Matt Gephardt

Get Gephardt helps Utah Hyundai owner seeking reimbursement for overestimated fuel economy

A major automaker was accused of saying their cars get better mileage than they really do, And they promised to pay their customers back. But when one Utah customer wasn't, she decided to Get Gephardt.

4 hours ago

Five pharmacists from  Smith’s Food and Drug were given awards for saving a man's life. (Andrew A...

Andrew Adams

Smith’s workers recognized by Sandy City for helping to save a life

Five pharmacists at Smith’s Food and Drug, 2039 E. 9400 South, were recognized by Sandy City for helping to save a man’s life.

4 hours ago

Handcuffs in a jail cell. (Ravell Call/Deseret News)...

Michael Houck

Police: Motorcyclist found with ‘fresh blood on his face’ after allegedly shooting another driver

A motorcyclist allegedly followed a car after a physical fight and shot at the car's driver multiple times before fleeing the scene, police say.

5 hours ago

A family was safe after their Springville home caught fire Thursday. (Springville Fire and Rescue)...

Carlysle Price

Springville family displaced after house fire

 A mom and her two children were safe but displaced after their Springville home caught fire Thursday near 300 East.

5 hours ago

(KSL TV)...

Gitanjali Poonia, Deseret News

Owens leads legislation to rename Santaquin post office in honor of fallen officer

Utah Rep. Burgess Owens introduced legislation Wednesday to rename the Santaquin post office at 20 W. Main in honor of Santaquin Police Sgt. Bill Dean Hooser, who was killed on May 5.

6 hours ago

The garage on fire near 9100 S Hummingbird Lane....

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com

‘We don’t want to get hit by a bullet’: Crews respond to Sandy fire containing ammo, gunpowder

A detached garage containing raw gunpowder and a "significant amount" of ammunition caught fire in Sandy on Thursday, leading to a hazardous situation for responding firefighters.

6 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Photo courtesy of Artists of Ballet West...

Ballet West

The rising demand for ballet tickets: why they’re harder to get

Ballet West’s box office is experiencing demand they’ve never seen before, leaving many interested patrons unable to secure tickets they want.

Electrician repairing ceiling fan with lamps indoors...

Lighting Design

Stay cool this summer with ceiling fans

When used correctly, ceiling fans help circulate cool and warm air. They can also help you save on utilities.

Side view at diverse group of children sitting in row at school classroom and using laptops...

PC Laptops

5 internet safety tips for kids

Read these tips about internet safety for kids so that your children can use this tool for learning and discovery in positive ways.

Women hold card for scanning key card to access Photocopier Security system concept...

Les Olson

Why printer security should be top of mind for your business

Connected printers have vulnerable endpoints that are an easy target for cyber thieves. Protect your business with these tips.

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light up your home with these top lighting trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for hassle-free computer repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Utes fans smoke alligator before football home opener against Florida