Grilled Citrus Gator Ribs

Staff Writer
Grilled Citrus Gator Ribs
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.

See all grilling recipes.

Click here to see Best Alligator Recipes.

5
Servings
933
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

For the marmalade glaze

  • 1 Cup orange juice
  • 4 Teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 Cup orange marmalade
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of white pepper
  • 1 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
  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped finely
  • 2 sprigs thyme, stemmed
  • 2 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.

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
67g
100%
Sugar
48g
N/A
Saturated Fat
26g
100%
Cholesterol
194mg
65%
Protein
30g
59%
Carbs
58g
19%
Vitamin A
172µg
19%
Vitamin B12
0.7µg
12.1%
Vitamin B6
1mg
58%
Vitamin C
60mg
100%
Vitamin D
5µg
1%
Vitamin E
2mg
12%
Vitamin K
11µg
13%
Calcium
105mg
11%
Fiber
2g
6%
Folate (food)
32µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
32µg
8%
Iron
3mg
16%
Magnesium
50mg
12%
Monounsaturated
24g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
9mg
45%
Phosphorus
293mg
42%
Polyunsaturated
9g
N/A
Potassium
739mg
21%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.5mg
30.9%
Sodium
623mg
26%
Sugars, added
38g
N/A
Thiamin (B1)
0.7mg
45.2%
Trans
1g
N/A
Zinc
5mg
32%