The back alleys of Louisiana were recreated in Main Gate Square this weekend, and the gators were on full parade on our live broadcast from the Louisiana Back Alley BBQ at Red’s Smokehouse & Tap Room!

Chef Travis Peters, Chef Ramiro Scavo, Matt Russell, Rob LaMaster & Scott Miller

Our celebrity co-host was fellow smoked meat enthusiast Rob LaMaster of Make-A-Wish Arizona. In addition to talking about his true passion, Texas BBQ, he also updated us on some cool things happening in his job of granting wishes. Event producer Rob Base sat down with us as well to share some news about his upcoming Lord of the Wings chicken wing challenge. Red’s craft brew curator Scott Miller also joined the party by talking about pairing ‘cue and brew, including his picks for the beers that go great with gator! Our featured guests were Red’s Chef Ramiro Scavo and Chef Travis Peters of The Parish, who partnered on this killer southern-inspired event.

Our kind of alligator…bacon-wrapped and smoked!

We talked gators, gator gumbo, whole pigs, and smoked shrimp, and put a little south in our mouth with a tasting of some Pelican State delicacies. This was serious Louisiana Love!