Few foods are as welcome on the trail as some beef jerky. Convenient and delicious, beef jerky is literally the perfect snack for hiking, biking or whatever other outdoor expedition you’re on. It’s good for any other time you’re on the go. Or just for when you’re hungry and need a quick snack. And while you can always swing by the gas station and grab some overpriced, crappy beef jerky full of chemicals, we personally prefer going for the premium stuff, made from high-quality, natural, grass-fed beef. Here’s a few beef jerky brands we think you ought to try this summer.
How could we not mention Epic? These beef jerky bars have become very popular, very fast. And for good reason. They are delicious. The regular beef bar is loaded with dried organic apple, which adds a touch of sweetness missing from most other jerkies. You can also try out Beef Habanero Cherry. They’re made from pasture-raised, grass-feed beef, and pack 8 grams of protein in every bar. And Epic makes more than just beef jerky; you can Bison Bacon Cranberry, Chicken Sesame BBQ and Bacon Pork Maple, among others. Doesn’t get much better than this.
Like Epic, Lorissa’s Kitchen is focused on creating the highest-quality, totally natural and organic beef jerky you can get in a package. Made from 100% grass-fed Australian beef, with sea salt, no added chemicals, nitrites, MSG, these sticks are seasoned and slow-smoked, giving it a smoky-yet-slightly-sweet flavor. The beef sticks are perfect for bringing to work, school or on the trail with you, while Lorissa herself claims that the beef strips go especially well with red wine, brie cheese, and Amber Ales when you want to relax. You can also go for some Korean Barbecue, Szechuan Chicken and Ginger Teriyaki Chicken.
Landcrafted Food raises their own beef right in Grayson Country, Virginia, and it’s 100% grass-fed and 100% delicious, with three delectable flavors to choose from: Habanero BBQ, Original Smoked, and Sweet Smoked. Their motto is “Stubborn Real,” and we get the sense from their beef that they like to do things the old-fashioned way – is usually exactly how you want your beef jerky. Some smoke, 9 grams of protein, a little bit of all-natural cane sugar and sea salt, and you have winning combination. We wish they were a bit cheaper, but otherwise, Landcrafted Food has delivered everything you need in a grab-and-go jerky stick.
Something different. Biltong is a traditional dried meat from Africa, similar to jerky but thicker, air-dried instead of sometimes smoked, and cured and seasoned with a blend of vinegar, salt and spices. Kalahari Biltong Jerky is made in the USA from the finest American beef, air-dried in the traditional method and seasoned with three salty, spicy flavors – Original, Garlic and Spicy Peri Peri. Each flavor uses only 6 all-natural ingredients (earning it the self-applied Paleo marker). Kalahari describes their meat as a cross between regular jerky and Italian prosciutto. We describe it as delicious.
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