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Beef Jerky in Orange County

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My husband and I are about to embark on a 14-day road trip across the Southwest, and need some sustenance to keep us going through those long hauls in the desert. I was hoping to order some beef jerky online, but I'm not about to pay $20+ for fast shipping through mahogany smoked meats. Are there any stores in the Orange County area (I'm in Irvine), that carry any delicious beef jerky? We like it spicy and moist (our fave is the habanero at mahogany). If not, maybe a place we can stop at on the way out of OC (via 55/91/60 freeways)?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. The OC Swapmeet (@ the OC Fairgrounds) have quite a few vendors (on Saturdays & Sundays) that carry an assortment beef jerky, if you're not planning on leaving until after next weekend. The ones I've sampled were moist and easy on the jaws.

    1. The absolute best jerky I have evey had is at Celestino's Meat Market in Costa Mesa. They are on 17th St (near Irvine Blvd). They make it in house with many different flavorings. They also have venison and buffalo.

      (949) 642-7191
      270 E 17th St
      Costa Mesa, CA 92627

      1. Never been here, but I saw it one day as I passed by. It's pretty close to Irvine.

        G & G Smoked Meat Market

        22641 Lake Forest Dr
        Lake Forest, CA, 92630-1726
        (949) 829-0600

        Let me know if this place or the one is Costa Mesa is good, as I might want to get some too.

        1. Auntie Dee's jerky store in Ave Del Mar in San Clemente. Few doors down from post office on Del Mar and El Camino.

          1. Patty's House of Jerky
            32692 Ortega Hwy
            El Cariso Village, CA
            (909) 609-3106

            From Irvine, it is about 25 miles.

            They offer several flavors of beek jerky and several different kinds of meats.

            1. Ranch 99 carries a GREAT jerky. It comes in a red ziplock bag with blakc writing (dont know the name but it's easy to identify). It's spicy and moist (without being gross that those thick cuts that are just too moist). Now, it is the more chinese style jerky that looks "hairy" on the edges, but it tastes sooo good. By far my favorite jerky.

              I've had the OC fair ones and thought they were ok, but not really that great.

              If you want non-chinsese style (though you REALLY should try it), Costco jerky is pretty good too. Its thin cut but still moist and comes in many flavors.

              1. Thanks everyone for the responses! We leave Saturday morning, so I won't be able to go to the swap meet. I did pick some jerky up at Coscto, and since I have easy access to 99 Ranch I'll check that out too. I've been to the place in Lake Forest (I believe its a Russian store?), but I don't remember if they had jerky there.

                1. Gem's in Placentia has killer-good beef jerky.

                  1. The jerky at the oc swap meet is awesome especially Papa Dans,a good value too.I also love the bbq and hot sauces they sell there.Cool place to take friends and family from out of town and you can have a beer and great food at good price too.My kids love going there on the weekend.