Homemade Alligator Jerky

Nonna combined Goya Mojo Marinade with some cajun spices to make a delicious Alligator Jerky! This is a must try. It is simply FANTASTIC. Alligator meat is very good!

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Alligator Jerky

  • Difficulty: Easy, but time consuming
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1 lb alligator meat
1 Cup Goya Mojo Marinade
Gumbo Daddy Cajun Seasonings
Jacobsen Garlic Salt


  1. In a mixing bowl, add Goya Mojo, Gumbo Daddy, and Garlic Salt and mix. Taste test and add more spices as you desire.
  2. Trim the meat to 1/4 inch thick. Try to make the meat the same thickness as best you can. Thinner is better, but a 1/4 inch will work just fine.
  3. Place alligator meat and Goya Mojo mix in a ziplock. Remove air and seal the ziplock. Place in refrigerator for 3-4 hours. Make sure the meat is covered with the marinade.
  4. Pre-heat oven to 170°
  5. After the meat has marinated, place it on a baking pan with rack. Spread the meat out so there is distance between each piece. An inch between the meat is a good starting distance.
  6. Place pan in the oven for 4ish hours.
  7. Check on the meat regularly to make sure it is drying out. Nonna turned the oven up to 175° to move things along a little. However, you don’t want to go beyond 175°. This is meant to be a slow process.
  8. If you squeeze the meat and moisture comes out, it is not dried. It needs more time.
  9. If you can break the meat it is overcooked. However, some people like it this way and that is just fine. Thinner slices work better if you like the jerky crispy.

  1. NOTE: Nonna did her best to get the meat the same thickness, but she did have some pieces (slightly thicker) that required more time in the oven. You may need to remove thinner pieces as they are ready and let thicker pieces cook a tad longer. Your call!

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