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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5
Servings
756
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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
44g
63%
Sugar
34g
38%
Saturated Fat
22g
92%
Cholesterol
176mg
59%
Carbohydrate, by difference
40g
31%
Protein
52g
100%
Vitamin A, RAE
23µg
3%
Vitamin B-12
6µg
100%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
30mg
40%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
4µg
4%
Calcium, Ca
87mg
9%
Choline, total
167mg
39%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
28µg
7%
Iron, Fe
5mg
28%
Magnesium, Mg
41mg
13%
Niacin
7mg
50%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
330mg
47%
Selenium, Se
56µg
100%
Sodium, Na
169mg
11%
Water
206g
8%
Zinc, Zn
16mg
100%

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.