Where to purchase the best type of jerky for Paleo

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 15, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Just starting out and I travel most days, where can I find and what brand name is the best jerky to purchase. We have Whole foods, Trader Joe's and Costco close by, suggestions?



on March 15, 2013
at 03:22 PM

From the butcher via the farm/ animal you just killed. Jerky at the grocery is FAR too expensive.

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on March 15, 2013
at 04:22 PM

Also, a good jerky website is Steve's Original. Every purchase also supports Steve's Club Teen CrossFit classes. I ordered from them for my summer trip. Yes, it's pricey, but it is so hard to find stuff that is sugar-free and follows "paleo protocol."

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on June 07, 2014
at 06:00 PM

There was a list published in another post. Here it is, though it's a copy-paste, I take no credit for it:

Slank Shack Jerky 4oz $10 (Customized to your specs) http://www.slantshackjerky.com/

Sophia's Survival Food 1.5oz $4.95 ( 3 Flavors ) http://grassfedjerkychews.com/

American Grassfed Beef 8oz $15.95 ( 5 Flavors ) http://www.americangrassfedbeef.com/grass-fed-beef-jerky.asp

Rocky Mountain Organic Meats 3oz $7.90 ( Multiple Flavors and Value Packs ) http://www.rockymtncuts.com/catalog/organic-honey-pepper-beef-jerky-package-gluten-free-p-95.html

Lean and Tender: Grassfed Longhorn 2oz $3.95 ( Bulk available ) http://www.leanandtender.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=LATS&Product_Code=J3

Meadow Maid Food 16oz $42.00 ( or 3lb for $110. 3 flavors ) http://www.meadowmaidfoods.com/grassfed-jerky/beef-jerky.htm#TraditionalFlavorPack

Hearst Ranch 4oz $10 ( 3 flavors ) http://www.hearstranch.com/store/product/142

Paleo Brands 2oz $4.95 (Barbeque) http://store.paleobrands.com/store/pc/Beef-Jerky-2p21.htm

MD USA 2.8oz $4.99 (Beef and Cranberries) http://www.muscledriverusa.com/Grass-Fed-Beef-Paleo-Pack-w-dried-Cranberries-28oz_p_2092.html

US Wellness Meats 8oz $10.50 (Plain or Spicy) http://www.grasslandbeef.com/Categories.bok?category=Grassland+Beef%3ABeef+Jerky


on June 07, 2014
at 05:37 PM

PALEO Ranch can be found online and in several Portland supermarkets, it is a fairly new product but has fantastic taste and ingredients! It is my new fave! :)



on March 17, 2013
at 07:01 PM

I love Steve's! And Krave makes one delicious flavor without soy sauce (many soy sauces contain wheat), called Basil Citrus. Krave is in several stores, but Steve's is harder to find. Or you can order jerky online from US Wellness. I agree, though, that it's far more budget friendly to make at home.

The simplest homemade "jerky" is ground meat mixed with salt and herbs or spices, rolled into logs, baked long and low, something like this: http://www.dragonflyinthekitchen.com/2010/10/making-homemade-pepperoni.html

You have to refrigerate it, but it's a fair trade for not having preservatives and other junk in your jerky.



on March 16, 2013
at 12:22 AM

IMHO, the best jerky is via making your own. Every commercial beef jerky out there in the US is required to be cooked to at least 160 degrees first by the USDA. Smaller companies also have to heat their final product to 275 degrees for 10 minutes at the end of processing. They have to do this for safety, since they've got a lot dirtier environment with a lot of potential pathogens.

So other than taste, they're pretty much all the same in terms of quality/nutrient level/etc. Take a look at the nutrients for carbs and choose the lower ones. There can be a LOT of sugar used in some of the commercial beef jerky's out there (Costco's had something like 7-8 grams per 1oz serving). Not too much until you add it up (who eats only an ounce of beef jerky).



on March 15, 2013
at 04:16 PM

Look for salt jerky instead of sugar based jerky.

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