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Favorite brand of beef jerky?

chocolatetartguy Sep 27, 2006 06:46 PM

I love beef jerky. I just can't stomach $25/lb for Fatted Calf's, since for the price of one of those little cones they sell I can buy a pound of their bacon or over a pound of their sausages.

I've been buying one pound bags of Billy D's for 12.99 at the gas station convenience store near my office. It's sweetened with brown sugar and papaya juice and the only ingredient that looks like a preservative is sodium nitrate. It's made in Brazil and it's good. Meaty, chewy but not tough, slightly dry and flaky. It's as good as the jerky of my youth.

  1. bbqboy Sep 30, 2006 03:21 AM

    Gary West's Jerky is more succulent than leathery.
    It's got depth. Cracked Black Pepper is my favorite.

    1. DiveFan Sep 30, 2006 03:15 AM

      On the cheap side, try Jack Links kippered beef. It is similar to jerky but less dry and a bit thicker.

      1. David Kahn Sep 28, 2006 08:58 PM

        It's not going to save you any money, but I really like the cowboy style beef jerky Mahogany Smoked Meats: http://www.smokedmeats.com/ .

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        1. re: David Kahn
          Jesdamala Sep 30, 2006 03:24 AM

          The best, the very best! Costly, worth every penny!

        2. rworange Sep 27, 2006 07:13 PM

          Not a brand, but you are in my nabe, more or less, get carne seca from any Mexican carneceria. OK, some are better than others, but when it is good, it is mind-blowing good and it runs about $12 bucks a pound, if that.

          There is the deep beefiness that I've never tasted in any jerky and some are marinated in lime. So good, so good. No chemicals, no preservatives. Here's the best I've tried to date:

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