Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Indian Valley Meats - Reindeer Summer Sausage

indian valley meats
Because summer sausage seems to be a popular stocking stuffer gift for Christmas, Jerky Dynasty, a jerky retailer, is offering this brand of snacks originating somewhere closer to Santa's workshop.

Indian Valley Meats is located just south of Anchorage, AK, and specializes in game processing, smoked salmon, and snack meats. They also offer Reindeer Summer Sausage, a popular item among tourists who come up for the summer fishing season.

These two varieties, Alaskan-Siberian, and Hot & Spicy, are each made with Reindeer and blended with beef and pork. Both are made by Indian Valley Meats, at their location, and shipped to anywhere in the USA.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Jeff's Famous Jerky - Sriracha Style Ghost Pepper

jeffs famous jerky
Sriracha Style Ghost Pepper is the newest beef jerky creation from the folks at Jeff's Famous Jerky. Read our previous reviews of Jeff's Famous Jerky.

Jeff's Famous Jerky officially opened for business in 2010 and is owned and operated by Jeff's Famous Foods, Inc., led by founder Jeff Richards and CFO Mike Aggarwal, out of Mission Viejo, CA. The company offers a dozen flavors of jerky and four flavors of bacon jerky, along with one chicken jerky variety.

This Sriracha Style Ghost Pepper is described on the packaging as "Extra Hot & Spicy" and is the second jerky from Jeff's Famous to include the popular asian-style hot sauce.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Two Brothers Jerky - Famously Hot

two brothers jerky
We reviewed Two Brothers Jerky a couple years ago, but they're back with revised recipes, new flavors, and new packaging.

The brand is the collaborative effort of two brothers separated at birth, Paul Brock and Eddie Wales. After growing up never knowing about the other, they one discovered they each had a brother. After they reunited, they took a trip out to a lake and realized they both loved beef jerky, and both had this crazy entrepreneurial spirit. Thus, Two Brothers Jerky was born. Now based out of both Durham, NC and Columbia, SC, Two Brothers Jerky features North Carolina grass fed, grass-finished beef, and made with no nitrates.

This "Famously Hot" (see previous review) is named for Wales' hometown of Columbia, SC, which is "Famously Hot". The company says, "The first bite delivers a deep intensity of crushed red peppers, citrus and garlic with a slow building heat that will make want to grab another piece."

Monday, December 4, 2017

Jerky Boxes: The Perfectly Curated Holiday Gift

by People's Choice Beef Jerky

jerky gift boxes
It’s the most wonderful time of year again and if you’re anything like us you probably need to start thinking about gift ideas. Don’t worry, People’s Choice Beef Jerky has your back.

This holiday season, they are offering curated Jerky Boxes each loaded with handcrafted, artisanal jerky. There is a total of five different boxes with a diversity of flavor profiles ranging from “Health Nut” to “Sweet Tooth” and everything in between. To personalize it even more, customers can include a tailored message in the notes section of the order and People’s will include a handwritten note along with the jerky!

The boxes vary in price to suit all types of budgets and the best part? It’s an all-in-one gift that is packaged and ready to go. One click away from the perfectly packaged treat this holiday. Check out the individual Jerky Box descriptions below to find exactly what you’re looking for...

The Simple & Savory Jerky Box features 3 delicious products from the fan-favorite Classic line, tried and true Old Fashioned line, and savory Carne Seca line.

The Some Like It Hot Jerky Box will guide you through our meat that brings the heat. The box features products from the fan-favorite Classic line, tried & true Old Fashioned line, savory Carne Seca line, and delicious new Tasting Kitchen flavors.

The Sweet Tooth Jerky Box will satisfy your love of all things sweet! The Sweet Tooth box features products from the fan-favorite Classic line, and delicious new Tasting Kitchen flavors.

The Health Nut Jerky Box features our full range of all-natural, gluten-free, and high in protein products. Plus, they are Paleo and Keto friendly. Each product has from 0-1g Carbs and/or Sugar.

The One-of-Everything Box guides you through our jerky family. The box features products from the fan-favorite Classic line, tried & true Old Fashioned line, savory Carne Seca line, and delicious new Tasting Kitchen flavors.


Order a box online: https://peopleschoicebeefjerky.com/collections/jerky-boxes

Friday, December 1, 2017

Jerky Dynasty - Hot and Spicy

jerky dynasty
Jerky Dynasty is a brand started by Chris Miller. It actually started a few years ago as an online retailer of jerky, offering brands like Lawless Jerky, Jeff's Famous Jerky, and others. Recently, the company launched its own line of jerky aptly named, "Jerky Dynasty".

According to Chris, Jerky Dynasty is "old fashioned", clarifying that it's hand cut, hung in a smoke house, with no liquid smoke.

This Hot and Spicy variety is described by the company simply as, "sure to set your taste buds ablaze".

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Joe's Wicked Good Jerky - Wicked Hot

joes wicked good jerky
Joe's Wicked Good Beef Jerky is a brand owned by Joe's Wicked Good Jerky Corporation, based out of Redding, CA. It was started by the husband and wife duo of Joe Nixt and Traci Nixt, who launched the brand in October 2014.

At the time, Joe had been making his own jerky for over 20 years. He's shared it with friends and co-workers from his contracting business. When Traci lost her secretarial position, the couple decided to make a go at running a jerky company.

This "Wicked Hot" is made with Ghost Peppers and Habaneros, and is the hottest flavor Joe's Wicked makes. The package says, "Warning: extremely hot".

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Chef Craig's Beef Jerky - Black Thai

chef craigs beef jerky

The newest flavor to come out of Chef Craig's Beef Jerky is this Black Thai. Read our review of their Original Beef Jerky.

Based out of West Kingston, RI, Chef Craig's Beef Jerky was originally started by Craig Mitchell, who holds a Culinary Arts degree from Johnson & Wales University. He's been cooking professionally since 1978. Chef Craig's Beef Jerky was a way to extend his career in cooking and cuisine.

This Black Thai variety is described by the company as "The same chewy beef jerky with a taste of Asian spiciness; it leaves a lingering warm sensation in your mouth."

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Black Friday Deals: 15% off People’s Choice Beef Jerky

by People's Choice Beef Jerky

Tis’ the season to be merry... and generous! In honor of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, People’s Choice Beef Jerky is offering its loyal customers a limited time 15% discount on all orders from Friday November 24th to Monday November 27th. Come one, come all; you won’t want to miss out on the biggest sale of the year – especially during peak holiday season.

From beef stick stocking stuffers to individualized jerky boxes, there’s a gift for each and every one of your meat fancying loved ones. We also recommend checking out the Maple Brown Sugar jerky from our Tasting Kitchen. A seasonal favorite sold exclusively on a first come first served basis, it’s sure to satisfy every sweet tooth. The anticipation from last year was so high, they expect the select number of bags to sell out even quicker this year.

People’s Choice Beef Jerky has been handcrafting premium meats for over 88 years and four generations in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. We offer handmade beef jerky to those who appreciate things that are made with a purpose. Each bag represents family, tradition, and a deep-rooted heritage unique to Los Angeles.

As an extra bonus (as if these deals weren’t sweet enough), there will also be free shipping on all orders over $85. Fear not bah humbugs!

People’s wishes everyone Happy Holidays – now go and get your jerky on!

Visit People's Choice Beef Jerky: https://peopleschoicebeefjerky.com

PS: Check out our Jerky Boxes!




Monday, November 20, 2017

Two Brothers Jerky - Bull City Original

two brothers jerky
We reviewed Two Brothers Jerky a couple years ago, but they're back with revised recipes, new flavors, and new packaging.

The brand is the collaborative effort of two brothers separated at birth, Paul Brock and Eddie Wales. After growing up never knowing about the other, they one discovered they each had a brother. After they reunited, they took a trip out to a lake and realized they both loved beef jerky, and both had this crazy entrepreneurial spirit. Thus, Two Brothers Jerky was born. Now based out of both Durham, NC and Columbia, SC, Two Brothers Jerky features North Carolina grass fed, grass-finished beef, and made with no nitrates.

This "Bull City Original" (see previous review) is named for Brock's hometown of Durham, NC, and is said to, "capture the vibrancy and smoky flavor of Durham, North Carolina".

Friday, November 17, 2017

Jeff's Famous Jerky - Cajun Style

jeffs famous jerky
The newest flavor available from Jeff's Famous Jerky is this Cajun Style, now selling as of this month.

It's described by the company as being inspired, "... from the rich, savory and spicy flavors made famous in history from the South. Three types of peppers accent an array of garlic, onion and fragrant spices in our original Cajun-style marinade. Slow cooked to tender excellence; we purposely toned the heat down to medium levels so everyone could enjoy it!."

Jeff's Famous Jerky is a brand owned and operated by Jeff Richards, out of Big Bear City, CA. Jeff has been making beef jerky since the 1970s. His love for cooking took him into the restaurant business for over 20 years. In 2006 he started working on creating his own beef jerky brand, and just last year saw the launch of his new company.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Crazy Horse Jerky - Cyber Monday Sale

crazy horse jerky
Treat your friends and family to some Real Wood Smoked Jerky!

Our jerky uses no preservatives or MSG and is a Gluten Free Product. Our jerky is not overly salty you taste the smokiness of the quality beef that is much easier to chew then most jerkies. We offer 6 flavors of Beef Jerky and 4 flavors of Chicken Jerky. We also have our Million Dollar Bacon and Cajun Bacon. Our Cyber Monday Specials are the best prices you can get for an awesome variety of jerky. All samplers are on sale. Samplers make great stocking stuffers that everyone is sure to go crazy about. Give the gift of Crazy Good Jerky!!!

Sale Starts @ 6:00 AM eastern time on Cyber Monday and runs till 10:00 PM eastern time.

Free shipping on all orders of $40.00 or more. Flat rate of $2.00 on orders under $40.00.
Buy 5 or more pounds and receive a FREE JERKY JAR!!!

SAMPLERS



  • ½ Lb Sampler – 2 ounces each of Original, Steakhouse, Cajun and Sweet Beef Jerky. Sale Price: $12.99
  • 1 Lb Sampler- 4 ounces each of Original, Steakhouse, Cajun and Sweet Beef Jerky. Sale Price: $25.99
  • Jerky Bites Sampler- 6 ounces each of Original, Steakhouse, Cracked Black Pepper and Smokey BBQ Beef Jerky. Sale Price: $33.99
  • Chicken Sampler- ½ Lb each of Cajun, Original, Mesquite BBQ and Buffalo Chicken Jerky. Sale Price: $45.99
  • 4 Lb Sampler- 1 Lb each of Original, Cajun, Sweet and Steakhouse beef jerky. Sale Price: $98.99
  • Million Dollar Bacon- Little sweet- little spicy thick cut bacon. 3 ounce- $6.25 6 ounce- $ 12.50 12 ounce- $25.00


Please feel free to email with an questions or help with ordering your jerky.

Visit Crazy Horse Jerky Online: https://www.crazyhorsejerky.com

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Joe's Wicked Good Jerky - Regular Joe

joes wicked good jerky
Joe's Wicked Good Beef Jerky is a brand owned by Joe's Wicked Good Jerky Corporation, based out of Redding, CA. It was started by the husband and wife duo of Joe Nixt and Traci Nixt, who launched the brand in October 2014.

At the time, Joe had been making his own jerky for over 20 years. He's share it with friends and co-workers from his contracting business. When Traci lost her secretarial position, the couple decided to make a go at running a jerky company. I have all four of the existing flavors, starting with this "Regular Joe".

The company describes it as, "This is no regular jerky", and claiming that it has, "a ton of flavor without the spice".

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Wild Sky Beef Sticks - Review

wild sky beef sticks
Wild Sky Beef Jerky is a brand owned by American Prairie Holdings based out of Bozeman, MT. Wild Sky Beef was launched in 2014 as a vehicle to preserve wildlife in Montana.

American Prairie Holdings operates a 500,000 acre wildlife reserve in Eastern Montana, and is actively increasing that 3.5 million acres. Profits from the sales of its grass-fed beef products is used to purchase lands and to reward cattle ranchers who implement wildlife-friendly corridors, fences, and monitoring systems on their property.

This line of beef jerky is made from grass-fed cattle, using no hormones, and raised by family farms in Montana. All meat is source-verified and USDA inspected. It's also marked as "Gluten-Free" and "Minimally Processed".

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Jeff's Famous Jerky - Sriracha Style Black Pepper Bacon Jerky

jeffs famous jerky
Sriracha Style Black Pepper is the newest bacon jerky creation from the folks at Jeff's Famous Jerky. Read our previous reviews of Jeff's Famous Jerky.

Jeff's Famous Jerky officially opened for business in 2010 and is owned and operated by Jeff's Famous Foods, Inc., led by founder Jeff Richards and CFO Mike Aggarwal, out of Mission Viejo, CA. The company offers eleven flavors of jerky and four flavors of bacon jerky, along with one chicken jerky variety.

This Sriracha Style Black Pepper is described on the packaging as "Honey glazed sweet heat decadence" and is the first jerky from Jeff's Famous to include the popular asian-style hot sauce.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Chef Craig's Beef Jerky - Original

chef craigs jerky

One the newest jerky brands on the market is Chef Craig's Beef Jerky. A product of CJM Products, it's based out of West Kingston, RI.

It's the idea of Craig Mitchell, who a few years ago, had sent me samples of his own homemade jerky, with the intent of launching a business someday. Mitchell received his Culinary Arts degree from Johnson & Wales University, and has been cooking professionally since 1978.

As of this review, the only flavor Chef Craig's offers is this Original.

Pony Express Beef Jerky - Applewood Smoked

pony express beef jerky
Pony Express Jerky is a brand owned by Pony Express Enterprises based out of New Holland, PA. The brand was started in 2009 by Ted Cundiff, a veteran of the meat snack industry. Cundiff originally launched Wild Bill's Beef Jerky in 1983, a brand that was bought up by Monogram Foods in 2009.

Pony Express is manufactured in its own USDA inspected facility in New Holland, right in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country. The company offers a retail location in Blue Ball, PA.

This "Applewood Smoked" is described by the company as, "Aromatic, rich, and robust a flavor that only a true traditional Apple Wood smoke can impart to."

Friday, November 3, 2017

Pony Express Jerky - Original Hickory Smoked Strips

pony express jerky
Pony Express Jerky is a brand owned by Pony Express Enterprises based out of New Holland, PA. The brand was started in 2009 by Ted Cundiff, a veteran of the meat snack industry. Cundiff originally launched Wild Bill's Beef Jerky in 1983, a brand that was bought up by Monogram Foods in 2009.

Pony Express is manufactured in its own USDA inspected facility in New Holland, right in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country. The company offers a retail location in Blue Ball, PA.

This "Original Hickory Smoked" is different than the flavor we reviewed last week in that this is packaged in full length strips, and more importantly, is vacuum-sealed, which tends to hold its flavor and moisture better. It's only sold in one-pound (16 oz) packages. For comparison purposes, see last week's review here. Pony Express recommends you purchase a "Jerky Jar" designed to hold your remaining jerky strips and keep them air sealed.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Pony Express Jerky - Original Hickory Smoked

pony express jerky
Pony Express Jerky is a brand owned by Pony Express Enterprises based out of New Holland, PA. The brand was started in 2009 by Ted Cundiff, a veteran of the meat snack industry. Cundiff originally launched Wild Bill's Beef Jerky in 1983, a brand that was bought up by Monogram Foods in 2009.

Pony Express is manufactured in its own USDA inspected facility in New Holland, right in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country. The company offers a retail location in Blue Ball, PA.

This "Original Hickory Smoked" is the brand's flagship flavor, and is offered in two meat styles, this smaller cut style reviewed here, and a longer strip style sold in one-pound packages (which we will review later).

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Well Food Company - Carne Bars

Last in the series on Well Food Company are these Carne Bars. See our other reviews of Well Food Company.

Well Food Company is a brand of sports snacks that originally launched in 2009 as Paleo Brands Inc. It was started by John Welbourn, former offensive tackle with the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs, as well as his friend Joe Cappucio, founder of Del Mar Seafoods.

These Carne Bars is a chopped and formed beef snack that come in two varieties: Coconut and Berry. Well Food Company describes the Carne Bar as, "the ULTIMATE Paleo Protein Bar". They're made from grass-fed beef, no preservatives, and are gluten-free.

Crunchy Cow Beef Jerky - Sweet Southern BBQ

crunchy cow beef jerky
Crunchy Cow Beef Jerky is a brand owned by Elemental Edibles, LC based out of St. Louis, MO. It was started by Brian Gilbert in 2015, who describes himself as a life-long cook and aspiring entrepreneur.

Brian had worked for several talented chefs and business owners, honing his skills in culinary arts and business. It was during his stint as a B2B salesman, that he started making jerky as a hobby, and finally, the idea for this new company clicked. Crunchy Cow Beef Jerky focuses on using high quality ingredients, natural grass-fed, pasture-raised beef, with no artificial ingredients, preservatives, nitrates, additives, steroids, antibiotics, or added hormones. Brian makes all the jerky himself from a USDA inspected kitchen at Saint Louis University's Fresh Gatherings Cafe.

This "Sweet Southern BBQ" is described by Brian as having a hint of hickory smoke that screams "BBQ", while the all-natural honey, brown sugar, and turbinado sugar reaches "down south" to "slap you right in the tastebuds".

Crunchy Cow Beef Jerky - Fajita Margarita

crunchy cow beef jerky
Crunchy Cow Beef Jerky is a brand owned by Elemental Edibles, LC based out of St. Louis, MO. It was started by Brian Gilbert in 2015, who describes himself as a life-long cook and aspiring entrepreneur.

Brian had worked for several talented chefs and business owners, honing his skills in culinary arts and business. It was during his stint as a B2B salesman, that he started making jerky as a hobby, and finally, the idea for this new company clicked. Crunchy Cow Beef Jerky focuses on using high quality ingredients, natural grass-fed, pasture-raised beef, with no artificial ingredients, preservatives, nitrates, additives, steroids, antibiotics, or added hormones. Brian makes all the jerky himself from a USDA inspected kitchen at Saint Louis University's Fresh Gatherings Cafe.

This "Fajita Margarita" is made with tequila, which according to Brian, "really shines in this jerky", and incorporates lime, salt, and cumin, for a, "well rounded, long lasting flavor".

Friday, October 20, 2017

Moroccan Khlii

moroccan khlii
Moroccan Khlii is both a style of jerky and a brand name. The brand is owned by Moroccan Khlii, Inc. based out of Tampa, FL. The company has been around since 2011.

Khlii is a style of dried meat popular in Morocco. The meat is marinated with cumin, coriander and garlic, and then dried. Finally, it's cooked in animal fat and cooled.

Khlii made by Moroccan Khlii, Inc. is marketed as "Halal", "Paleo Friendly", "Gluten Free", "Keto Diet Friendly", "Virtually Fat Free", "Zero Sugar", "Zero Carbs", "No Additives", "No Preservatives", "No MSG", "Handcrafted", and "Made in the USA". Sound good?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Mountain Man Kippered Beef Steak - Spicy

mountain man kippered beef steak
Mountain Man is a brand of Old Trapper Smoked Products, Inc., based out of Forest Grove, OR. The brand has been around since 1986.

I found this package at a Grocery Outlet in San Diego, CA. Grocery Outlet is primarily a liquidator that buys up overstock and unsold inventory. This particular package still has another 19 months to go before it's "Sell by" date.

Otherwise, the parent company, doesn't really have a website for its Mountain Man line of meat snacks, and the label itself doesn't make any marketing claims aside from being, "Spicy" and "Kippered".

Friday, October 6, 2017

Introducing Dundalk Dan’s Awesome Beef Jerky Snack Packs

by Dundalk Dan's

Looking for an easy way to make going back-to-school AWESOME this season for your children?

Check out the recently launched Dundalk Dan’s Awesome Beef Jerky Snack Pack!

The snack pack option allows you to choose six 1 oz. packs of beef jerky in the flavor of your choice. Or choose our mixed pack and receive two of each of our flavors - perfect for adding variety to your kids’ lunchboxes!

All of our flavors are gluten-free and packed with protein. Choose from all three of our delicious flavors:


  • Chesapeake  - our flagship flavor - the perfect mix of jerky and crab seasoning.
  • Sweet BBQ  - our tangy version of this classic variety, with a mild flavor.
  • Sriracha  - packed with the perfect blend of spices for the kid who likes a little heat.

These smaller packs fit perfectly into every lunchbox, backpack, briefcase and everything in between, for children of all ages. Your kids will have a week’s worth of the protein-filled snacks they crave.

Sure to be the biggest thing to hit classrooms since fidget spinners - get your jerky snack pack today. Happy chewing!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Mountain Man Kippered Beef Steak - Peppered

mountain man kippered beef steak
Mountain Man is a brand of Old Trapper Smoked Products, Inc., based out of Forest Grove, OR. The brand has been around since 1986.

I found this package at a Grocery Outlet in San Diego, CA. Grocery Outlet is primarily a liquidator that buys up overstock and unsold inventory. This particular package still has another 13 months to go before it's "Sell by" date.

Otherwise, the parent company, doesn't really have a website for its Mountain Man line of meat snacks, and the label itself doesn't make any marketing claims aside from being, "Peppered".

Friday, September 1, 2017

How to win FREE Dundalk Dan’s Awesome Beef Jerky

by Dundalk Dan's

dundalk dans beef jerky
Here at Dundalk Dan’s, we’re big on two things: really good beef jerky and our fans. That’s why we are running a contest for our fans to win FREE beef jerky!*

The best part is, it’s super simple to enter and there will be multiple winners every month.

Here’s all you need to do:

1. Grab a pack of Dundalk Dan’s Awesome Beef Jerky Awesome Beef Jerky online, at an event, a retail location or from a friend.

2. Once you pick up your beef jerky or receive your beef jerky in the mail (usually 2-3 business days), snap a picture of you or someone else enjoying it.

3. Post the picture on any social media channel (Twitter, Instagram or Facebook) with #DundalkDan or @DundalkDan and make sure your post is public.

4. AND THAT’S IT! You’ll be automatically entered into our contest and a representative will contact you if you’ve won and will provide next steps.

New winners are picked every month, so post as much and as often as you’d like. If you need some inspiration visit our website and see our contest winners page.

Good luck and happy chewing!

*No purchase necessary. More info.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Hombre Beef Jerky Sticks

hombre beef jerky
Hombre Beef Jerky goes back to 1959 when Thomas Pyle founded the Pyle Meat Company in founded Pyle Meat Company in Eudora, KS, a small community nestled between Lawrence, KS and the KC Metro area. In 1982, Pyle added "Hombre Beef Jerky" to his product line up. When he retired in 2010, both the meat company and Hombre Beef Jerky went offline.

However in 2014, his son Joe and grandson Andrew relaunched the Hombre brand in the same area under the company name, Pyle Meat Products. The response has since been phenomenal. Hombre Beef Jerky now retails in over 500 outlets and looks to double that by 2017. Interestingly, the brand won Grand Champion Beef Jerky in 2015 & 2016 at the Kansas Meat Processors Association.

Hombre offers two varieties at this time, these "Beef Jerky Sticks", and the "Premium Beef Jerky" which we reviewed a few weeks ago.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Firecreek Jerky - Black Pepper

firecreek jerky
Firecreek Jerky is a brand launched by Ryan Hansen based out of Jerseyville, IL. He got it off the ground in February 2016.

Hansen has been making "small batch" jerky from his family's meat business for the past three years. He makes jerky using USDA Choice Angus Beef. Since then, he's secured a deal with USDA inspected co-packer and is now relaunching the brand.

According to Firecreek Jerky, this Black Pepper is described as based on their Original variety, but adds, "...just the right amount of perfectly ground black pepper". It's also labeled as, "all natural" and "minimally processed".

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Buffalo Bob's Jerky - Exotic Meats

buffalo bobs jerky
Buffalo Bob's is a brand owned by Mark Matthews, based out of Petaluma, CA. The brand's has enjoyed some great success developing a line of exotic meat jerky pressed into long strips that sell anywhere from $1.00 to $2.00 at country stores and other retail markets all across the country.

The jerky is manufactured by Zick's Specialty Meats, Inc., based out of Berrien Springs, MI, but the two companies are separately owned entities. The popularity of the brand stems from the low price and the novelty of exotic meats.

Buffalo Bob's Jerky is all chopped and formed and mixed with beef. It all comes pressed into these long strips.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Firecreek Jerky - Original

firecreek jerky
Firecreek Jerky is a brand launched by Ryan Hansen based out of Jerseyville, IL. He got it off the ground in February 2016.

Hansen has been making "small batch" jerky from his family's meat business for the past three years. He makes jerky using USDA Choice Angus Beef. Since then, he's secured a deal with USDA inspected co-packer and is now relaunching the brand.

According to Firecreek Jerky, this Original is marketed as, "...an authentic, beef taste with perfect hints of salt, onion and garlic flavor profiles". It's also labeled as, "all natural" and "minimally processed".

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

4 Seasons Jerky - Orange Ginger Ghost Pepper

4 seasons jerky
4 Seasons Jerky is a new brand that hit the market late in 2016. Launched by a guy named, "Thom", short for Thomas, the company is based out of Highland, CA. Thom is an avid outdoorsman, and is outside all year-round, hiking, boating, snowboarding, to name a few.

4 Seasons Jerky uses lean round or flank cuts of meat, marinated for 24 hours.

This Orange Ginger Ghost Pepper variety is described by the company simply as, "...packs quite a punch!" It goes on to say that it's marinated with orange juice and ginger.

Monday, July 24, 2017

The Lawless Jerky Approach to Innovation

Matt Tolnick on the set of MVP
How does the team at Lawless Jerky, and particularly me as our resident “jerky chef,” come up with our line of world-inspired Braver Flavors, and convert those ideas into recipes you can find at your local convenience store, supermarket or mailbox?

My team and I keep our eyes on emerging culinary trends and influences that may not be familiar to most Americas. As you can see from Lawless Jerky’s flavors, I’ve found tremendous inspiration in cuisine throughout Asia: Japan, China, Thailand and beyond. I also had a powerful stroke of inspiration during a recent trip to Jamaica for a friend’s wedding. Jerk seasoning is only the tip of the iceberg (a flavorful iceberg) in Jamaican cooking. 

To start, I face the fundamental challenge of translating my inspiration into a marinade recipe that will convey the flavor into a single bite of jerky. I begin with similar ingredients to the original recipe, and a ton of trial and error! Lawless Jerky is unique in that we don’t consider the conventions of the industry, what the other guys are doing. I start from scratch with an idea, a dream flavor, in mind and work tirelessly until I’ve brought it to life. Along the way I keep copious notes to inform my next experiment, and to faithfully replicate the formula when I hit the jackpot.

In creating Lawless’ line of Braver Flavors, I’ve developed a technique that has served me well with flavors like Mango Habanero, Sweet Sriracha and Honey Chipotle. By balancing the heat of hot peppers with a corresponding sweetness, the resulting flavor profile is much richer and more enjoyable than if spicy or sweet were dominating the other on the palate. In sampling our products, you’ll also recognize the varying prominence of distinct flavor components during the course of the chew, particularly in our more complex recipes.

In addition to looking around the globe and into the future for our next big flavor, I also look back in time for ideas. Jerky is, of course, based on traditional methods of preserving meat. Part of Lawless Jerky’s craft approach draws upon the knowledge of our ancestors. Sometimes the old way of doing things makes for a more satisfying, flavorful and healthful result than the modern version that is optimized for automation, speed and cost.

Sometimes it’s as simple as persistent suggestion from an old friend. As long as I’ve made jerky, about 15 years, my buddy Ethan found every possible way to suggest I translate his favorite dish, Vietnamese Pho, into a jerky. Finally, when Lawless Jerky ran a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, the highest support level offered a batch of jerky in a flavor of the donor’s choice. I should’ve guessed that Ethan would take advantage, but that only required me to make a single batch. Despite my chagrin that he’d finally forced my hand, I wanted to faithfully recreate the flavor. I did plenty of research at restaurants around LA and in Vietnamese cookbooks to ensure the jerky had the full bouquet of flavors including cilantro, mint, basil, jalapeno, star anise, cinnamon, cloves, fish sauce, plum sauce and more. Long story short, the Pho jerky came out so well it is now among our bestsellers at some retailers and a cornerstone of Lawless Jerky’s commitment to unique ingredients exquisitely combined.

Where to next? I can’t divulge all my secrets but I’ll provide some hints. First, we’re experimenting with new protein options for our jerky beyond the 100% grass-fed beef and humanely-raised pork of today. Goat is my personal favorite, but I’m not sure America’s quite ready for it. We’re also looking to Africa for a new Braver Flavor profile. And, most exciting, we’re working on a protein snack for a time during the day people don’t normally reach for jerky. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, use coupon code INNOVATION for 25% off your order at LawlessJerky.com so you can sample all of the delicious flavors discussed above.

Visit Lawless Jerky: http://www.lawlessjerky.com

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Wyoming Gourmet Beef - All Natural Angus Honey

wyoming gournet beef jerky
Wyoming Gourmet Beef is a brand of Wyoming Authentic Products, LLC based out of Cody, WY. The company was launched by David Fales to offer meat snacks using Wyoming-raised Angus cattle.

Fales is descended from a line of Wyoming cattle ranchers and hopes that his line of beef jerky and beef sticks will make "Wyoming Beef" a household name in the same way that "Florida Oranges", "Maine Lobster", and "Wisconsin Cheese" have become.

Wyoming Gourmet Beef is made from all natural, grass-fed, Angus beef, using no hormones nor antibiotics. All jerky and beef sticks are processed in Wyoming, using no MSG, no nitrites, and is gluten-free.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Palm Springs Beef Jerky - Old West Original

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Palm Springs Beef Jerky is a brand of Jerky Galore, based out of Palm Desert, CA. It recently launched earlier this year, and sells locally to outlets in the Palm Springs, CA area, and nationally through its website.

The brand uses USDA inspected American beef, marinated for 12-24 hours and slow cooked. They add no preservatives and claim their jerky is lower in sodium than most brands.

This "Old West Original" is described by the company as having, "...a special blend of spices in a unique marinade that has been refined to perfection. The result is a savory old west jerky with a well-balanced natural beef flavor; soft and tender decadence in every bite."

Friday, July 7, 2017

Hot Summer Calls for Hot Jerky

All across the country Americans have been enduring wickedly hot temperatures this summer. It seems that wickedly hot temps call for wickedly hot snacks. What could be better than Joe's Wicked Good Jerky's Wicked Hot?

Joe's Wicked Good Beef Jerky is a brand owned by Joe's Wicked Good Jerky Corporation, based out of Redding, CA. Husband and wife duo of Joe Nixt and Traci Nixt know a little something about making the best of beef jerky. Rated as "BEST" in our recent review, Wicked Hot is a very good jerky in terms of its sweet, saucy, seasoned marinade, and excellent meat consistency. The punch of chile pepper heat, and the endorphin rush, only makes this jerky better for me.

For being called, "Wicked Hot" it certainly is "hot" (level 5 out of 5) on our heat scale. I sure get a good endorphin rush and a fair amount of sweat beading on my scalp from Wicked Hot.

Studies show if you drink a hot drink on a hot day, it does result in a lower amount of heat stored inside your body, provided the additional sweat that’s produced when you drink the hot drink can evaporate. Imagine how well some hot jerky will work!

Apply some physics to your snacking routine. Cool down your summer snacking with Joe's Wicked Good Jerky Wicked Hot.

Buy this online:
https://www.joeswickedgoodjerky.com/

Monday, July 3, 2017

Save Over 10% When You Buy Dundalk Dan's Jerky Bundle

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Summer is the time of year to try new things. Travel somewhere you haven't been, go hiking, throw a surprise party -- all things you should try this summer.

But you know what's also something you should keep in mind this time of year? Saving money. In order to try as many new things as possible, you need to look out for where you can save a buck or two.

Luckily, Dundalk Dan's Awesome Beef Jerky has a way where you can accomplish both these things.

Introducing Dundalk Dan's Awesome Jerky Bundle!

Can't decide on which flavor to buy? Try one of each! In our new bundle you'll get one 2 oz. bag of each of Dundalk Dan's Awesome Beef Jerky's three flavors- Chesapeake, Sriracha, and Sweet BBQ!

Best part? You save $2 online versus when you purchase each flavor individually!

Each of these flavors provides high protein, without nitrites or MSG. All flavors are also gluten free and low in carbs!

Save even more when you buy more than one bundle with our Free Shipping On Orders Of $25 Or More offer! The more bundles you buy, the more you save.

Buy an Awesome Jerky Bundle or two today!
Happy chewing,
Dundalk Dan

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Sean Donnelly Loves Beef Jerky

Sean Donnelly is a professional hammer thrower. He was a finalist at the latest US Olympic Trials and is the sport's top ambassador on YouTube and Twitter.

Last week the guys at Lawless Jerky caught up with him for an interview about his love for throwing hammers and throwing down jerky...

Lawless Jerky: How did you first get into throwing the hammer?

Sean Donnelly: I used to play a lot of Xbox. I was a huge gamer. What got me, first, big into lifting was that my Xbox broke sophomore year of high school. If my Xbox hadn’t broken, I wouldn’t be the athlete I am today. I didn’t start throwing until my senior year of high school to impress a girl.

When I got to college, I decided I would give the sport 4 years to see where it takes me. Now here I am 6 years later and it’s taking me all sorts of interesting places.


LJ: In what way did you think throwing the hammer would impress the girl? Like as a primal feat of strength, or just being successful at something athletic?

SD: Well … high school kids are dumb. Her ex-boyfriend was a thrower from a different school. So I thought, if I do this and I’m better than him, I’m in. It actually kinda worked out, believe it or not.


LJ: Unlike Gymnastics or Basketball it seems that athletes in the throwing events don’t hit their prime until they’re a little older.

SD: Most people would say anywhere from 27 to 32, you could say 30 on average. It takes some time to develop. I’m 24, so I’m just getting started. Hammer throwing’s been in a bit of a slump but it’s working its way back up. A lot of young guys coming up, like myself, filling in the gaps left by some of the guys who just retired.


LJ: You hear about athletes in training eating a lot of calories. What number do you shoot for in training day?

SD: In season, I have to fuel my body just to maintain my body weight. I’m not trying to gain weight, I’m not really trying to lose weight. On my heavy training days I’ll probably hit close to 5,000 calories, 250 grams of protein and all sorts of carbs and fats to fill in the rest.


LJ: In one of your YouTube videos, it looked like you have four refrigerators in your house.

SD: Yeah, I live with seven other throwers [near the University of Minnesota campus] so we need a lot space for food.


LJ: What are your favorite flavors of Lawless Jerky to get a protein boost on the fly.

SD: I really like Sweet Sriracha. That was killer. All of them are good, but different. I also really enjoy the pork jerky, BBQ Spare Rib.


LJ: Can you tell us a little more about your training regiment?

SD: I’ll lift 3 days a week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday. I throw 5 days a week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday. That’s been, more or less, my practice schedule since freshman year of college.


LJ: How many competitions will you participate in over the course of the year?

SD: There’s the Indoor and the Outdoor season. During the indoor season, I keep it really low key—only 2-3 competitions. In college, I would do 7-9 but I’ve scaled that back. Outdoor is more intense. I’m planning on 10-12 competitions Outdoors. That includes the [IAAF] World Championships team in August, which is like the Olympics without all the other sports. Same level of competition. Same big names competing. Just not as much publicity.


LJ: I’ve seen you say a lot of things can go wrong on any given throw.
SD: That’s true. Of 30 training days, I’ll have 3 of those 30 that I throw very well. The other 27 are either average training days, or crappy. At competition, it’s just about having faith in the training that you put in.

For the most part, I’ve had success throwing far at competitions. I get really excited when people are watching me. If my technique is feeling good, I’m automatically going to be feeling better physically than I ever would in practice. When I compete, I throw 5-6 meters farther.


LJ: When you release the hammer, and it’s in the air, what you do want to see to know it’s a good throw?

SD: When it’s in the air, it’s just flying. They say 37 or 38 degrees is the optimal release angle but if you get caught up in that you’ll forget the main things you need to do to make it go far. I focus on the feeling. If you get the feeling right, the release angle will be close, the release velocity will be fast, and it’s going far. My best throws are the ones where I “black out”. I don’t think about anything. The throw starts and everything shut off. My body does everything it needs to. I’ll release and “wake up” a couple seconds later like: Damn, I threw that far.


LJ: For a sport that’s not covered as much as others, you’ve taken it into your own hands with your vlog videos to draw some attention.

SD: I started vlogging not only to promote myself but to promote the sport. I wasn’t the first vlogger-thrower combo (I believe Cullen Aubski was) but since I started doing it, I’ve seen 7 or 8 others start. I’m on the front end of, not a revolution, but the track and field world is definitely changing and this whole self-promotion thing might make a difference.


LJ: When people discover that you’re a thrower, do they ever ask you to throw things?

SD: Every now and then. Usually it happens around someone’s family. A little cousin will come running along and their mom or dad will say, “He’ll throw you 30 yards over there”. Something like that. People don’t really say, “Take this chair and see how far you can throw it.” But I would definitely accept that challenge.

LJ: When this interview gets out, you’re going to hear it much more.


(Order yourself some Sweet Sriracha Jerky or Pork BBQ Spare Rib Jerky, at Lawless Jerky)

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Lawless Jerky - Pho

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Among the newest flavors from Lawless Jerky is this Pho beef jerky. See our other reviews of Lawless Jerky.

Lawless Jerky is a brand owned and operated by Lawless Jerky, LLC based out of Santa Monica, CA. It was started by Matthew Tolnick, a former attorney who held a not-so-secret passion for making chewy chunks of dehydrated beef. After a stint as a legal counselor, he decided to throw his hat into the jerky industry and start his own business.

This Pho variety is described by the company as being made with, "...herbs like cilantro, mint and basil; spices like star anise, cinnamon and cloves, and the heat of jalapeno."

Monday, June 5, 2017

How Beef Jerky Can Fit Into Your Diet

By Dundalk Dan's Beef Jerky

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Working hard on that summer beach bod? If yes then you shouldn't have to settle for chalky shakes or frozen tofu meals. Dundalk Dan's Awesome Beef Jerky breaks down diets that work with your jerky-loving cravings, not against it. (Of course, always consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet.)

PALEO DIET–aka the "Caveman Diet", our beef jerky was made for this lifestyle. Unlike the cavemen though, we use only high quality, USDA approved beef. Plus, we hear cavemen hated nitrites and MSG as much as we do!

GLUTEN-FREE DIET–Diagnosed with Celiac Disease? Told your gut can't handle gluten? Or maybe you just don't like the grogginess that comes with wheat? Whatever your reasoning, we can assure you that NONE of our beef jerky flavors will break your diet.

21 DAY FIX–If you've made the first step towards getting your body into shape with Team Beachbody, you'll want to fill those containers up with as much flavor as possible! Our beef jerky is packed with tasty strips of flavor-packed.

LOW-CARB–Dr. Atkins was definitely onto something when his diet craze hit the world years ago. However, people quickly realized that serotonin is what carbs and happiness are made of so what's the point of being skinny if you're not happy, right? All our flavors have JUST enough carbs to keep you on track while not making you sad.

HIGH-PROTEIN DIET–Bulking up this year? Are a chiseled 6-pack, cut-off tank tops, and sweatbands in your future? Well, you're going to need more than dry peanut butter protein shakes to keep you on track! Each of our flavors contains 26 grams of protein per pack! You'll be ripping t-shirts and getting gym dates in no time.

AWESOME DIET–No, we didn't make this diet up, we simply gave it a name. If your summer goal is to just be you then the Awesome Diet is perfect! You were awesome yesterday, you're awesome now, and you’ll be awesome tomorrow. You know what would make you even more awesome though? Dundalk Dan’s Awesome Beef Jerky in your pantry!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Jewels of the Forest Mushroom Jerky - Sesame

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Jewels of the Forest is a brand owned by Mycolab Solutions, LLC based out of Occidental, CA. They specialize in growing organic mushrooms and sell kits to grow your own shrooms.

Their mushroom jerky is made from oyster mushrooms grown on spent beer grains obtained local breweries. The mushrooms are grown on their own fungi farm, also named "Jewels of the Forest". The jerky is distributed to natural food stores throughout the United States, with most locations in the Northern California area. They can also be ordered online from their website.

The packaging claims this jerky is Non-GMO, certified vegan, gluten-free, and 100% natural.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Ria's Roadkill Jerky - Habanero

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Ria's RoadKill Jerky has stepped up a notch on the Scoville Scale with this new Habanero offering. See our reviews of other flavors from Ria's RoadKill Jerky.

Ria's RoadKill Jerky is run by Eden Van, based out of Long Beach, CA, having launched in January 2011. Eden got started in making jerky after receiving compliments on his barbecue recipes. He uses USDA Choice top round from his local meat market. All jerky is dehydrated in a smoker. He currently sells through Facebook and eBay while waiting for his new website to finish.

The company doesn't describe this jerky in any further way other than the name, "Habanero", but then again it perhaps doesn't need anymore explanation than that.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Joe's Wicked Good Jerky - Mary Joe

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Joe's Wicked Good Beef Jerky is a brand owned by Joe's Wicked Good Jerky Corporation, based out of Redding, CA. It was started by the husband and wife duo of Joe Nixt and Traci Nixt, who launched the brand in October 2014.

At the time, Joe had been making his own jerky for over 20 years. He's shared it with friends and co-workers from his contracting business. When Traci lost her secretarial position, the couple decided to make a go at running a jerky company.

This "Mary Joe" is described as a Bloody Mary jerky, "...without the tomato and vodka. The company says that they sold out of their first batch in a week.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Dundalk Dan's Awesome Beef Jerky - Sriracha

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Dundalk Dan's Awesome Beef Jerky is a brand of Hard Working Foods, LLC based out of Baltimore, MD. It was started by Dan Dawes in 2013, the CEO of an Internet marketing firm with a passion for meat snacks.

Dundalk Dan's claims their jerky is made in small batches and hand trimmed, and then marinated for 3 days.

This "Sriracha" variety is made with Sriracha Sauce. According to Dundalk Dan's, "This one rates 4 out of 5 on the hot meter."

Monday, May 8, 2017

Benefits for the Planet of Raising Grass-Fed Beef

by Lawless Jerky

There is a lively debate going on in the media and around the web about the environmental impact of raising cattle relative to a purely vegetal approach to agriculture.

Critics say that the methane expelled by livestock contributes to global warming, that what cattle eat and drink should be sustaining humans directly, or that the land cattle graze upon is better used raising produce.

These arguments are not completely off base but they are exaggerated, generalized and offset by important aspect of raising cattle that contribute to the betterment of our ecosystem. In particular, cattle raised on grass throughout their lives (rather than "grain-finished") represent a boon to our environment.

At present, just 2% of US greenhouse gas emissions are attributable to raising cattle, and that figure can be further diminished, by half, with measures now entering farmers’ repertoires, including bovine nutritional supplements and cultivated dung beetle populations.

More significant is the impact pasture-raised beef has on returning carbon from all sources to the soil. Land covered by vegetation (trees, bushes, grass, etc.), like that used for grazing cattle, is ideal for recapturing carbon via photosynthesis and holding it stably in the ground. Cows' "pruning mouths stimulate vegetative growth as their trampling hoofs and digestive tracts foster seed germination and nutrient recycling."

Research on other aspects of cattle farming reflects that a pound of beef consumers 441 gallons of water, a figure that only slightly exceeds the requirement for rice. And, of course, beef is much more nutritious than rice.

It is also the case that much of the land on which cattle graze (85% in the U.S.) is actually unfit for other uses. The grain used to fatten up factory-farmed cattle might otherwise appear on supermarket shelves but the grass fed to cows used by beef jerky purveyors like Lawless Jerky is outside the diet of even the most veggie-loving humans.

Even as vegetarianism becomes more trendy, and non-meat protein options increase, meat-based jerky is not going anywhere. Nor should it, given the offsetting benefits that raising grass-fed cattle has for the earth, and the unmatched nutrition and satisfaction it provides to us.

Sources: Niman, Nicolette Hahn. "Actually, Raising Beef is Good for the Planet." Wall Street Journal, 19 December 2014; Niman, Nicolette Hahn. "Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production." Chelsea Green, 2014



Friday, April 14, 2017

Joe's Wicked Good Jerky Firefighters' Favorite


During the summer of 2015 a serial arsonist attacked Contra Costa County in California, sending more than 10,000 firefighters on the line fighting fires. The men and women of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) are dedicated to the fire protection and stewardship of over 31 million acres of California's privately-owned wildlands. Joe's Wicked Good Jerky answered the call to help support those firefighters.

During the hot summer over 60,000 packages of Joe's Wicked Good Jerky was sent to the front lines. In the sack lunches firefighters found packages of Joe's Peppered, Regular and Sweet and Spicy jerky. Owned and operated by Joe and Traci Nixt, Joe's Wicked Good Jerky is distributed out of Redding, California and has been in business since March 2015.

"It feels so good to send a treat to these men and women who do so much for us and keep us safe. Joe and I are so grateful for their efforts," said Traci.

As it turns out, these firefighters love this jerky! Orders pour in all year long after the firefighters return home. In 2016 more of Joe's jerky was sent to the front lines and even more orders poured in afterwards.

"Had your Regular in a lunch sack at the fires in Trinity County last Summer. Best jerky ever! Reminds me of what my Mom made when I was a kid. Keep up the great work!" Andrea T., Fair Oaks, CA

"Had this jerky on the Valley Fire and it is amazing!! Every time I opened my lunch this is the first thing I went for!" Dan M., Nampa, ID

"This is by far the best jerky that I've ever tasted!" Ashley C., West Columbia, SC


Joe and Traci want to thank these firefighters for all they do and encourage everyone to be fire safe this summer.

Order the Firefighters' Favorite by visiting their website and use BBJ10 code for 10% off.