Alligator meat has a surprisingly delicious and mild taste for those trying it for the first time. Alligator tail (the part of the alligator where the meat comes from) can be cooked any number of ways, but what we will discuss here is gator meat cooked on the grill.
Grilled alligator meat, like many other grilled foods, tastes great on its own. But put it on a sandwich bun with your usual sandwich ingredients and this “po’boy” becomes something different and delicious altogether.
The Cajuns of Louisiana, as well as people all along the Gulf of Mexico have been eating alligator tail for many years. Only recently has it become popular in other parts of the country. It continues to gain popularity as more people discover this delicious meat.
What works really well for grilling alligator meat works is to use a milk marinade. Milk draws out any gamey taste of the alligator tail, giving it a mild flavor. The spices are what give it the bite, not the meat.
Grilled Alligator Tail
- 4 Alligator tail steaks about 3/4-inches thick
- 2 cups milk for marinade
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon rosemary
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Place milk in a deep bowl, add pepper flakes and rosemary. Season meat with black and cayenne peppers. Place meat in the bowl, add milk and cover. Let marinate 3-4 hours.
Remove meat from marinade, discard marinade. Pat the meat dry with a paper towel. Add more red and black pepper to the alligator meat. Add salt to taste.
Brush meat with olive oil and grill over a hot grill, about 10 minutes each side, brushing with oil when you turn the meat.
Give alligator meat a try. You will surely be surprised and pleased with this meat.