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Jun 18, 2007 08:05 AM

Best jerky in Boston?

I'm doing a lot of camping this summer, and I'd love to get some high quality jerky for my trips. Growing up my family always had tons of deer and elk jerky which is my favorite, but I'd be happy with some quality beef jerky too. Does anyone know where I can get some? Cambridge area is best, but I'm willing to travel. Thanks!

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  1. Marty's is selling some South African beef jerky that looks really good. I haven't had it but I was in the store yesterday and overheard someone raving about it.

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    1. re: Velda Mae

      Does anyone know if this is Marty's of Marty's Liquors? (Harvard Ave in Allston?) I need dried beef for a South African themed dinner on Thursday and thought I was going to have to just get regular old beef jerky..

      Would love any suggestions for good dried beef - preferably the South African version (called biltong) or something similiar!

      1. re: jdubboston

        Trader Joe's sells packages of air-dried beef. Not jerky consistency, but thin sliced. Don't know if that is what you are looking for, but H swears by this stuff.

        1. re: jdubboston

          Beacon Hill Wine and Gourmet in Melrose has some very tasty biltong that is quickly emptying my bank account and further expanding my waste line

        2. re: Velda Mae

          I've had the biltong from Marty's and it's awful, imho. Very "off" tasting. I only tried it once-- wasn't worth the $5.50 to try again.

        3. Reviving a three year old thread to ask:

          A coworker, YEARS ago (like 2000), brought in some fresh jerky from Chinatown. Any ideas about this? It was amazing.

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          1. re: marcreichman

            I know they have a whole array of different kinds of Taiwanese-style jerky at the Hong Kong Market (Super 88) in Packard's Corner). I wonder how they taste.

            I wonder if this may be similar to what you had?

            1. re: Prav

              I will give it a shot.

              This was really fresh. It wasn't in a package, more of a deli-counter-style bag with a label. The meat was still a bit moist and there were a number of flavors. I may just have to hunt around!

              1. re: marcreichman

                I had jerky like that in LA and San Francisco, but haven't seen it here. Then again, I haven't looked very hard...please let us know if you find it!