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Where can I buy Jerky? - Help! Beef or other favorites (Pasadena area)

Looking to buy an assortment of jerky for a jerky loving pal. Are there any places around the Pasadena (or further east) area that sells 'fresh' or good jerky? I think he typically eats beef jerky - so any incredible beef jerky suggestions are appreciated - as well as any other types. The only spots that come to mind are Costco or Trader Joe's.... I know there must be meat markets or something that I'm missing......


edit: need it for tomorrow! so, unfortunately, don't have time to mail order! (although, will keep suggestions in mind for personal purchases!)

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  1. on the way to mammoth there is a place that sells various types of jerky. they do mail order, but i can't think of the name off hand. many people stop there to buy thier supply prior to arriving at mammoth so they can have some to nosh on, on the slopes. i'm sure someone will know the place that i am talking about

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      1. re: justagthing

        I've ordered from there-the honey turkey jerky is incredible.

    1. Mahogany smoked meats in Bishop is the place you're thinking of...
      http://www.smokedmeats.com . I like the salmon jerky- a little bit goes a LONG way and like most jerky, is equally if not more attractive to bears on backpack outings.

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      1. re: Local

        i LOVE mahogany smoked meats~!!!!!!!!!!!

        1. re: MeowMixx

          I have to agree with mahogany smoked meats. Great place for jerky. I usually get the sweet & hot or the peppered. For something local, you could try A&Z’s Nut Wagon in Boyle Heights. It was recommended a while back by jonathon gold in la weekly.

          816. S. Lorena St., (323) 267-1695.

      2. If you want something in the jerky family, you can get biltong (South African jerky) at the International Sausage Kitchen in Beverly Hills (Olympic, just west of Doheny).


        1. the place in bishop is a tourist ripoff joint imo. You can make your own, I do if I have the time - this brand made in ventura is very good - call to find out where its sold locally near you - I know fry electronics of all places sell it. Its very good and you mentioned TJ - I dont think there stuff is that bad at all. If it means a ton to you make it yourself, just like anything else.


          1. I'm not sure this will help, but since you're in kind of a hurry....Tengu brand seems kind of popular (at least among Japanese Americans, possibly because of the company's roots).
            I found it in lots of Japanese markets and business places (like liquor stores). You might try contacting the company and asking for dealers close to your area. For mail order, one of my friends who (to me) is a serious jerky fan likes Jerky Hut. I've had it and it's pretty good. It seems pretty moist compared to most jerky I've had, so I'm not sure it's as long lasting (unused) as most other jerky I've tried. I'm sure if you google the company name you'll find the site. The problem I've noticed is Jerky Hut seems big on franchises and it seems like most of them are here in southern California. Not sure who I'd suggest. Last thing on mail order. A good friend's wife is from Hawaii brought back some stuff for me from Hawaii. I thought it was pretty good. The website on the package was

            1. Not certain what stores carry it in the LA area, but check the website for Gary West www.garywest.com. It is, by far, the best jerky I've every had. They do beef as well as wild game. They also do dog jerky (no, not dog to eat, jerky for your dog to enjoy!) It's pricey, but well worth it. It is also certified for export to Japan, making it a wonderful omiage.

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              1. re: SanseiDesigns

                Having family in Jacksonville, OR, I have literally grown up eating Gary West jerky. Now I only get it about once a year when someone wants to send me some :( I love the teriyaki, and the cajun is great, too. Highly recommend Gary West (and my dogs go NUTS for the doggie jerky!)

              2. There is a guy who sells jerky at the Pasadena Farmer's Market which takes place at Pasadena High School (on Sierra Madre, north of the 210) on Saturday Mornings (8-1 or 2). I know for sure he has beef jerky in several varieties and pretty sure he has turkey. Not sure of others, though. He gives samples and I have purchased in the past. I find it really fresh and tasty.

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                1. re: WildSwede

                  And I was going to suggest the Rose Bowl Flea Market on Sundays...a jerky guy (ha, ha) with a LARGE selection is there, somewhere near the entrance...

                2. The Shun Fat grocery store in Monterey Park on Atlantic has a shop near the entrance that specializes in various kinds of jerky - beef, fish, etc. They sell various spicy, sweet and savory beef jerkys and I think that they make it themselves. It's stored in tubs and sold by weight so you can mix and match to your heart's content.

                  I imagine that there are other shops in Monterey Park that specialize in jerky as well.

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                  1. re: Gorgonzilla

                    That stuff is the best. The spicy cuttlefish jerky is a standout.

                  2. Whole Foods Market sells some, at least in the Sherman Oaks location, right near the checkout stands.

                    1. First of all...the best jerky I have ever tried is, The Jerky Guy jerky. www.thejerkyguy.com. Moist, tender, delicious and with no chemicals!!! The one reply regarding Tengu jerky...they are out of business. The plant they have in southern Cal...is now sold. If you can't find Jerky Guy down south...order it online. Awesome jerky....

                      Just my 2 cents worth...