What is Jerky?

Some of you might be interested in what the United States Department of Agriculture says about jerky.

I found this on their website:

What is jerky?

This product is a nutrient-dense meat that has been made lightweight by drying. A pound of meat or poultry weighs about four ounces after being made into jerky. Because most of the moisture is removed, it is shelf stable — can be stored without refrigeration — making it a handy food for backpackers and others who don’t have access to refrigerators.

Jerky is a food known at least since ancient Egypt. Humans made jerky from animal meat that was too big to eat all at once, such as bear, buffalo, or whales. North American Indians mixed ground dried meat with dried fruit or suet to make “pemmican.” “Biltong” is dried meat or game used in many African countries. Our word “jerky” came from the Spanish word “charque.”

What is Jerky, Dan’s Style?

Dan here:

I’ve been working for years to perfect our beef jerky. I wonder if the Pharaoh in Egypt even liked jerky. Do you think he would have like my Original beef jerky, my Peppered beef jerky or my Extreme beef jerky?

I have no doubt that he would have loved the taste of my jerky. If he didn’t like it at first, I would have found out what kind of flavors he liked and then got to work preparing him some of Dan’s Smokehouse Jerky. I am sure he would want our jerky, since it is a gourmet jerky. I know his kids would have loved our beef jerky and especially our beef sticks. They could have called our beef sticks “Pharaoh’s Beef Rolls”. How about “Egypt’s Best Beef Chips” for our beef jerky? Hummmmm, I might have to work on these. If there are any Pharaoh’s left out there, we can do a private label for you. That is something else we do here at Dan’s Smokehouse Jerky.

When I am talking to someone who asks me what I do, I tell them that I make beef jerky and beef snack sticks. Occasionally, someone who is not familiar with jerky will ask me, “What is jerky?” I tell them it is a seasoned dried meat. I also will say, that in the old days, Pioneers and Native Americans would jerk their meat to preserve it. The Pioneers would stick it in a flour bin to keep moisture out.

What is Jerky, According To Some Jerky Lovers?

Jerky, is absolutely not essential, but they rate it right up there with oxygen.   Gotta’ have it!

Sustainable food.

Lots of protein.

Lots of fiber.

Low calorie.

Low fat.

High protein.

What is jerky? According to Bullet, our dog (pictured above), jerky is so good, he will do all sorts of tricks just to get some jerky.

His eyes light up and he usually will stand up and start dancing on his back legs, hoping in anticipation for some of our beef jerky.

Yea, dogs love our jerky also!

Dogs deserve Gourmet Jerky, don’t ya’ think? We sure do!


I hope you are having the best week ever and we look forward to hearing from you,


Dan’s Smokehouse


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