Nashville Hot Alligator

Sam Kohler


Base Ingredients

Alligator Marinade

  • 1 Quart Buttermilk
  • 1 Cup Dill Pickle Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Hot Sauce (Louisiana or Frank’s)
  • 2 Eggs

Flour Mixture

  • 4.5 Cups of All Purpose Flour
  • 1.5 Cups of Corn Starch
  • 2 Tablespoons of Tony’s Seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon of Paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon Celery Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Onion Powder
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Oregano
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Black Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Slap Ya Mama Seasoning

Nashville Sweet Heat Oil

  • 3 Tablespoons Cayenne
  • 1 Shallot, Graded
  • 6 Gloves Garlic, Graded
  • 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon Paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 1 Cup of Hot Oil
  • 1 Stick of Salted Butter


  1. First, begin by combining the buttermilk, pickle juice, and hot sauce in a bowl with two eggs and mix them thoroughly.
  2. Then place the alligator tail loin or jelly roll into the mixture. You can either place the whole loin into the marinade and cut them into pieces later or you can cut the tail into 1-1.5 in thick slices and place them into the marinade.
  3. Let the alligator sit in the marinade for 3-24 hours depending on the time you have available.
  4. Mix all the breading ingredients together in a bowl thoroughly and feel free to spice it up even more if you would like.
  5. Get your oil of choice hot (350 degrees Fahrenheit) and then double bread the alligator tail meat pieces.
  6. Fry the alligator pieces and then set them on a fry rack to rid the alligator of extra oil.
  7. Grade garlic and 1 shallot into a bowl and then pour one cup of the hot fry oil over the graded vegetables.
  8. Once the oil cools down and stops bubbling add the remaining seasonings, honey, and a stick of butter to the mixture and thoroughly mix the oil till it turns blood red.
  9. Finally, plate the alligator on a piece of wonder bread and douse it in sauce and enjoy with some dill pickles!

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