Grilled Citrus Gator Ribs

Grilled Citrus Gator Ribs
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Grilled Citrus Gator Ribs

Rosalie Freudes - Smoke Alarm Media

Grilled Citrus Gator Ribs

These Grilled Citrus Gator Ribs are out of this world. If you've never had alligator ribs before, you're completely missing out on a local delicacy. These ribs are a local favorite in the gator-rich habitats of Florida, where they're a popular and delicious treat.

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Ingredients

For the marmalade glaze

  • 1  Cup  orange juice
  • 4  Teaspoons  lemon juice
  • 1  Cup  orange marmalade
  • Pinch of  salt
  • Pinch of  white pepper
  • stick unsalted butter

For the ribs

  • 2  Pounds  alligator ribs
  • 1  Cup  tangerine juice
  • 1/3  Cup  Key lime juice
  • 1/3  Cup  lemon juice
  • 2  Tablespoons  olive oil
  • cloves garlic, chopped finely
  • sprigs thyme, stemmed
  • sprigs oregano, stemmed and chopped
  • 1  Teaspoon  ground cumin
  • 1  Tablespoon  orange zest
  • 1  Teaspoon  kosher salt
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  black pepper

Directions

For the marmalade glaze

Combine all of the ingredients except for the butter together in a saucepan and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the butter and keep warm over low heat until ready to serve.

For the ribs

Place the ribs in a shallow glass dish or large resealable plastic food storage bag. Mix the remaining ingredients together in a nonreactive bowl, and stir until blended thoroughly. Reserve ½ cup marinade for basting.

Pour the marinade over the ribs and toss to thoroughly coat all pieces well. Cover the dish or close the bag and marinate for up to 3 hours in the refrigerator.

Preheat a gas grill on medium heat or prepare a charcoal grill.

Remove the ribs from the marinade and discard the marinade. Grill until the ribs are tender, basting frequently with ½ cup marinade, for about 45 minutes. Then, baste with the marmalade glaze, and serve.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
59g
84%
Sugar
35g
39%
Saturated Fat
23g
96%
Cholesterol
129mg
43%
Carbohydrate, by difference
41g
32%
Protein
32g
70%
Vitamin A, RAE
14µg
2%
Vitamin B-12
6µg
100%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
26mg
35%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
14µg
16%
Calcium, Ca
117mg
12%
Choline, total
8mg
2%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Fluoride, F
1µg
0%
Folate, total
31µg
8%
Iron, Fe
4mg
22%
Magnesium, Mg
44mg
14%
Niacin
6mg
43%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
327mg
47%
Selenium, Se
30µg
55%
Sodium, Na
133mg
9%
Water
209g
8%
Zinc, Zn
7mg
88%

Grill Shopping Tip

Think twice before buying a thicker piece of meat; a 2-inch thick steak takes four times (not twice) as long as 1-inch thick steak to cook.

Grill Cooking Tip

If you're cooking something that's been marinated, make sure to pat the item dry before it hits the grill. Any sugar in the marinade will burn.