How to Cook Alligator Ribs


From frying to grilling and slow-cooking, you can easily cook alligator ribs in different ways. Alligator ribs are rich in taste and texture compared to other cuts of this exotic meat, which are lean and have a mild flavor. Whatever method you use to prepare alligator ribs, marinate them with flavorings of your choice before cooking. You can substitute alligator meat for chicken, veal or fish in recipes. Avoid overcooking alligator ribs to prevent them from turning tough and rubbery.

Things You'll Need

  • Knife
  • Bowls
  • Kitchen towel
  • Shallow dish
  • Large spoon
  • Flat plate
  • Nonstick frying pan
  • Crock-Pot
  • Salt, pepper, garlic powder and chili powder
  • Lemon juice
  • Cider vinegar
  • Vegetable oil
  • Plain flour
  • Use a knife to cut the alligator ribs into one-rib sections. Trim excess fat from them. Place the ribs in a bowl and wash under running tap water. Drain and pat the ribs dry with a kitchen towel.

  • Marinate the alligator ribs in a bowl with a dry rub or liquid marinade. For 14 ribs, prepare a dry rub by combining approximately 1 tablespoon each of salt, pepper, garlic and chili powder in a shallow dish. For 2 pounds of ribs, prepare a liquid marinade by mixing around 1/3 cup lemon juice, ¼ cup cider vinegar, ½ teaspoon pepper, 2 tablespoons vegetable oil and 1 teaspoon sea salt in a bowl.

  • Apply the dry rub or liquid marinade on the alligator ribs. Place the ribs in the dry marinade dish and apply the dry rub to them with your hands. If using the liquid marinade, place the ribs in the liquid to soak. Put the marinating ribs in the refrigerator to marinate for approximately three hours.

  • Use a large spoon to lift the ribs out of the marinade and set them on a flat plate. Sprinkle a little plain flour all over the ribs to coat them before frying. Pour cooking oil in a nonstick pan and set on high heat. Fry the ribs in the nonstick pan for approximately eight minutes or until they turn brown.

  • Slow-cook the ribs in a Crock-Pot. Pour barbecue sauce in the Crock-Pot and place the ribs in it such that they soak in the sauce. Cover the Crock-Pot and cook on medium heat for two hours or until the ribs are tender.

  • Grill the ribs by preheating a gas grill or charcoal grill on medium heat. Place the ribs on the grill and cook for approximately 45 minutes or until the ribs turn tender.

Tips & Warnings

  • Save time and effort by marinating the alligator ribs with ready-to-use dry rubs and liquid marinades.
  • Reserve the remainder of the liquid marinade that never came in contact with the alligator ribs for basting the meat occasionally while grilling.

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