Billed as one of the company's top selling varieties, this Cowboy style from Jedidiah's Beef Jerky is meant to be a throwback to the old days of campfire cooking, saddle sores, and pesky indians. Jedidiah's Jerky was started by David Coffey, a veteran of the beef jerky business, having taken his first bite of the industry in 1984, when he went to work for Polley's Beef Jerky. In 2005, he went to work for himself by starting Jedidiah's Jerky. Based out of Beatty, NV, Coffey also runs a chain of beef jerky outlets called, "Jed's Jerky", with locations throughout Nevada and California.
This "Cowboy Style" is more of a man's jerky, made with no added sugar, just simple seasonings and strong dose of cracked black pepper corns.
Beefy Boys Beef Jerky is a brand owned by John Bailey, based out of Salinas, CA. The brand has been around since 1999.
Manufactured in their very own USDA inspected facility, Beefy Boys is made from top round sourced from a supplier located 120 miles from their plant, then marinated and cooked using an old family recipe.
This Peppered variety is described by the company as being made with a "secret family recipe dating back to 1963", being exactly as the first recipe ever made by Beefy Boys, with the addition of black pepper. It's said to be more mild than their over flavors, but that the pepper puts some kick into it.
Little Bit Jerky is a new brand that launched in February 2016, by Robert Helmcamp and Teresa Helmcamp, based out of Wichita Falls, TX.
Robert is a professional butcher of 22 years, learning the craft the "old school" way, and developed his own seasonings. Little Bit Jerky is made fresh daily from top round, and marinated for 18-24 hours.
This "Twisted Bit" is described by the company as tasting Cajun variety, "with a mix of traditional Texas smoke flavor twisted with the bold taste of jalapenos."
Crazy Horse Jerky recently developed their own Bacon Jerky. They sent us a sample for review.
Unlike other bacon jerky brands, Crazy Horse uses thick chunks of bacon opposed to thin strips. They use a hickory smoked bacon from a local butcher, cut into bite-sized chunks, then smother it with their blend of sweet & spicy seasonings. To finish it off, it's baked in a convection oven.
Crazy Horse Jerky is based out of Hellam, PA, run by Dave Wenrich and Cara Wenrich. The brand is known for its real wood smoked jerky, smoked in an old walk-in smoker, hand-crafted and small-batched in the Pennsylvania Dutch Country.
Lehigh Biltong is a new brand that got started in September 2015 by Dan Levy, based out of Bethlehem, PA. Levy, who grew up in England from South African parents, had always loved biltong. But when he moved to the United States, it was hard to find.
After becoming frustrated with paying high prices for biltong and waiting weeks on delivery, Levy decided to make his own.
Now a senior at Lehigh University, he balances his studies in Mechanical Engineering and running his new biltong brand. He uses antibiotic-free beef, along with the usual ingredients of salt, vinegar, coriander, and black pepper, but throws in a kick of Old Bay seasoning.
California Wine Country Jerky is a brand owned by GJ Products, based out of Clackamas, OR. It's run by Glenn Loehr who started it in 2015.
The company also owns, "Northwest Bierhaus Jerky", "Oregon Wine Country Jerky" and "Washington Wine Country Jerky". Together, these brands infuse the flavors of craft beer and wine from the Pacific Northwest, and target the tourist and gift basket markets.
This, "Hot Cabernet Beef Jerky" is described by the company as combining, "the well structured wine with a hint of spiciness".
This "Spicy Memphis Style BBQ" is a new flavor from Jedidiah's Jerky. It's part of their revamped line up of beef brisket jerky.
Jedidiah's Jerky is a brand that we reviewed before (read the reviews here). Some time ago, they reintroduced their line of jerky with new recipes and new branding, and moved their headquarters from Laughlin, NV to Beatty, NV. Jedidiah's Jerky also has since opened up a chain of beef jerky stores called, "Jed's Jerky" throughout Nevada and California.
This "Spicy Memphis Style BBQ" is pretty new, and should start showing up on the company's website soon.
Ria's RoadKill Jerky is now selling its own turkey jerky. According to the company, it's made from 100% breast meat, and slow smoked for 6 hours.
Ria's Roadkill is run by Eden Van, based out of Long Beach, CA. Eden got started in making jerky after receiving compliments on his barbecue recipes. He uses USDA inspected meats from his local meat market. All jerky is dehydrated in a smoker.
This new Turkey Jerky is claimed to be available now from their Etsy store.
Country Archer Jerky is a well known brand in the meat snack industry, going back to 1977 when it became the private labeler for hundreds of brands over the decades. Now based in San Bernardino, CA, the company is leveraging its own brand and pushing its own line of jerky into stores across the country.
As the jerky market has migrated towards preservative-free, natural ingredients, so has Country Archer. The company claims it's jerky is handcrafted, made in small batches, using all natural ingredients.
This Mango Habanero flavor is described as a being, "...a sweeter, more sophisticated way to spice things up."
Homegrown Meats is a brand owned by a partnership of ranchers and business associates based out of Palomar Mountain, CA. It's known for delivering cuts of certified grass-fed beef to Whole Foods Market locations throughout Southern California, and beyond.
This line of jerky is a recent addition to the brand, and was unveiled to the public at the recent Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, CA last March. Marketed as 100% grassfed, pasture raised, no hormones, no antibiotics, and no animal by-products, it's said to be made from the same beef that Whole Foods Market sells in their meat case.
This jerky is currently available at Whole Foods Markets in Southern California, and soon to be available from Homegrown Meats' website.
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I'm Steve Johnson, and I've been in the Internet marketing and publishing business since 1997. I've been a life-long fan of beef jerky and decided to merge my profession with my snack food of choice, and gave birth to Best Beef Jerky.
I review beef jerky, turkey jerky, bison jerky, pretty much any meat jerky, even vegan jerky. I review meat sticks, biltong, cecina, carne seca, it's all fair game as long as it's meat, it's dried, and it's a snack.