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BEST BEEF JERKY (MSP)

I need help. CH boyfriends loves beef jerky and I need to know where I can pick some up (preferably St Paul and surrounding but will venture elsewhere). He likes the jerky as Aesop's Table, but there has to be more. I don't know where the good meat markets are close to my house and since I don't eat beef - I'm turning to my knowledgeable CH's to help! Let me know where to go.

He likes all kinds - but mainly a standard version, a peppered version or a hot n'spicy version would be great.

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  1. Well, if you're talking [MSP]/Twin Cities. Will bison jerky do? I like Eichten's. The are often at the St. Paul Farmer's Market--I don't know if they always bring the jerky with them, but you could always ask, or even call ahead. They have a little "bistro" in Center City, too, off of Hwy 8, which is on the way to Taylors Falls from the cities.

    http://www.specialtycheese.com/

    Don't laugh, but some of the best jerky I've had was at the Sportsman's show at the XCel Center in St. Paul. (I think that's February or so.) I know that doesn't help you now, but, I'm just sayin'... Unfortunately, I don't know whose beef jerky that is.

    ~TDQ

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    Eichten's Market & Bistro
    16440 Lake Blvd, Center City, MN 55012

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    1. re: The Dairy Queen

      there used to be a lady who sold the BEST jerky at the st paul farmers market--she sold jerky only and i believe the name of her business is "the jerky lady." i have not seen her since last year but it is possible i've missed her or gone on the wrong day. . .

      i know i am not confusing her with eichten's, anyone know where the jerky lady went?

      1. re: soupkitten

        I went to the St. Paul Farmer's Market this morning (Saturday) and saw the jerky lady there...I've only had the samples but from what I can tell it is indeed some of the best. One of these days I'm going to splurge on a big stick of jerky...it's $3.50 a piece.

    2. Fresh and Natural at Lexington and Hwy 95.

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      1. I know it's not a local maker, but I think the beef jerky from Asian food stores is addictive. I really love the hot fruit variety; I tend to buy multiple bags at a time because the first one doesn't make it out of the parking lot. It is made in California and it has different accent colors on the bags depending on the flavor, and it usually has a caricatured bull's head on the front with the same accent color and the type of flavor.

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        1. re: jpg

          Thanks guys - we'll give some of these a shot. I have only been to the SP Farmer's Market once this summer -I went all the time last year and I do recall that jerky lady - but I've been seeing a lot more bison jerky (thanks TDQ -but we have to stick to beef) - but I will try Fresh and Natural -- and maybe hit up an asian grocery store as they were several close to me in Frogtown.

          Any know of some local butchers - meat shops that carry good quality tasting jerky?

          1. re: snoboardbabe77

            Hey, now that you mention it Von Hanson's on Ford Parkway has some good beef sticks. I'm pretty sure they have jerky, too, although you might call ahead just to be sure. A month or two ago they had a sample of a spicy one out on the counter that was S*P*I*C*Y, no foolin'.

            ~TDQ

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            Von Hanson's Meats
            2018 Ford Pkwy, St Paul, MN 55116

            1. re: snoboardbabe77

              you might also want to try mike's butcher shop 1104 s roberts street st paul.

              i believe they have good-looking beef jerky although i've never had it-- i'm addicted to their turkey jerkey though-- it is so good!

          2. Sorry, so not Saint Paul, but some of the best jerky this Saint Paulite's ever had is at Forster's Meats and Catering. A little ways west of 169 on 55, out in Plymouth.

            http://forsters.us/index.cfm/pageid/1

            They make a jerky called 'Dragon', I believe, that is stunningly hot and spicy for Minnesota, and deliciously hot and spicy by less tame standards. They have, I think, two milder flavors as well.

            Their other products are very good as well. Try the cold smoked ribeyes. They make a surprisingly good tasso, and I have had no bad sausage from them, either. These folks love the idea of meat, and much of their beef is dry-aged.
            It never hurts to call ahead, especially if you are going from Saint Paul. Last time I was there, I asked about slab bacon. They said yes, ordinarily, but right now, it is still in the smoker, so call ahead next time and we'll let you know before you make the trip.
            Sound advice.

            good hunting
            -ajs

            1. I too am a lover of jerky. The spicy beef jerky at Dixies on Grand Avenue in St. Paul is addictive. We have not been in awhile, since the rest of the food is not so great, but they used to have spicy jerky on the menu and you could just walk in, go up to the bar, and order some to go. It would be worth a call to see if they still have it.

              There is a jerky wagon at the Minneapolis downtown market on Nicoller Mall every Thursday. They set up at the Southwest corner of 6th St. and Nicollet, right by the popcorn guy. This jerky is outstanding. My office is on the same corner and I get at least one bag every week. They also sell it sealed in vacuum packed plastic so you can buy a bunch and keep it. They have regular and spicy, as well as turkey jerky. I like the regular the best.

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              1. re: Michael Florey

                I saw some Dixies Jerky in a gas station not long ago and I've seen it at Walgreens too.

                1. re: MplsM ary

                  you can still walk up to the bar and order Jerky at Dixies on Grand - good stuff, Im in there more for Jerky than to actually eat.

              2. Other places mentioned so far:

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                Fresh & Natural Foods
                4234 Lancaster Lane, Plymouth, MN 55441

                Mike's Butcher Shop
                1104 Robert St S, West St Paul, MN 55118

                Forster's Meats & Catering
                11255 Hwy 55, Minneapolis, MN 55441

                Dixie's On Grand
                695 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105

                1. What ever became of your jerky search? I saw some at Von Hanson's meats earlier this week, by the way. Didn't try it. Also, if you ever get to Clear Lake (en route to St. Cloud from the Twin Cities), they have some fantastic stuff at McDonald's: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/432545

                  ~TDQ

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                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                    I couldn't help but notice at this year's State Fair that McDonald's meats beef jerky was this year's Grand Champion beef jerky winner. (Check out the "meat" prizes in the cases right next to Princess Kay and the Butterheads in the Dairy Building/Empire Commons)

                    ~TDQ

                     
                  2. the best beef jerky is Gregs Meats on Highway 52 on the way to Rochester...just south of Coates I think. Its label says something like "Worlds Champion" or something and they are not lying!

                    PS...the Thai beef jerky at Sawatdee is awesome too

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                    1. re: fm1

                      I think that's the first mention of Greg's Meats on this board. As a south metro resident, I'm flat out embarrassed not to have EVER stopped in there, especially since I've heard raves from multiple sources. Thanks, fm1 for the reminder.

                      1. re: fm1

                        Since this got revived -- I got over to Greg's Meats post haste (actually a few times) and can vouch that the jerky is good there.

                        1. re: fm1

                          I'll add my vote for Greg's Meats (and no, I'm not _that_ Greg). The jerky, and everything else we've gotten there has been excellent, and very reasonably priced.

                        2. Funnily enough, I just spotted beef jerky in the meat counter at Ingebretsen's on Lake Street in Minneapolis.

                          ~TDQ

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                          Ingebretsens Scandinavian Gifts
                          1601 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

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                          1. re: The Dairy Queen

                            Did try the jerky at Dixies - it was pretty good -we found a spot close to us that we really like-Capital City Meat Market - in St Paul. Very good and reasonably priced.

                          2. Has anyone mentioned Thai Jerky? I'm not a huge Sawatdee or Chiang Mai fan, but the jerky at those places and Chai's (with sticky rice) are one of my favorite comfort foods.

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                              1. re: dave43

                                On the Thai front, they have it at Sen Yai Sen Lek with sticky rice, however the first time I ordered it, it was not dehydrated enough and cold, the second time it was good and expected.

                                1. re: Foureyes137

                                  It's been quite some time since I first posted this. Here has how our search has gone (according to chowhubby) I don't eat beef jerky.

                                  The Dixie's jerky did not do it at all for hubby.
                                  He is still a die hard Capital Meats (on Rice St) jerky fan (when they have the peppered jerky, he's even happier). The pieces are good size, they'll give you exactly what you want (I want $10 worth...) etc.
                                  I DID stop at McDonald's meats twice in July and August when I was going to Crookston for a wedding and from a Girls Weekend in Cross Lake. I bought 3 different kinds - HUBBY LOVED THEM ALL. This has been his favorite-but I just don't get up there often enough.
                                  Haven't made my way really over to the Mpls side so if there IS a good reason to head over there-I'll attempt it over a weekend.
                                  Hubs new thing is the spicy pepper beef sticks with jalapeno cheese and the regular beef ones with cheddar cheese from Kowalskis.
                                  Additionally, he prefers the sausage sticks (of all varietals) over the beef sticks from Von Hansen's. My only thing about Von Hansen's- is while you get more, they're usually $9.50 a pack. At Kowalski's-I can get a pack of each for about that price (5 or 6 to a package).

                                  1. re: snoboardbabe77

                                    Depends on which Von Hansen's you go to. Some only have it prepackaged, some of their locations have it in the case. I've bought 1 stick before to snack on during the drive home.

                                    1. re: dc1515

                                      The Von Hanson's I go to (Shoreview/North Oaks) has all their jerky in the case, available in whatever amount you want.

                                      I don't know where you are in relation to White Bear Lake, but Flicker Meats (County Road E and White Bear Avenue) has some very good jerky. Their peppered turkey jerky is outstanding.

                                      1. re: BigE

                                        BigE - I live in Como so WBL would not be too far - County E and White Bear? I will have to try. Hubs doesn't like turkey jerky - but I assume they have all types?
                                        Thanks for the Von Hansen's updates-the only two I go to are the Highland Park one and the Woodbury one. Hubs claims the Von Hansen's jerky tastes odd? But he can be very picky about good jerky!
                                        Does Flicker meats have a website?

                                        1. re: snoboardbabe77

                                          Yup, in the little strip mall on the SW corner of White Bear Ave and County Road E. Not exactly convenient for you, but if you were at Maplewood Mall for some reason...it isn't far from there.

                                          They have a pretty good variety of jerky and sticks. No website that I know of.

                                          If I have any problem with Von Hansons, it is that the stuff can be DRY on occasion, like eating shingles.

                            1. The best jerky in MN is made and sold at McDonalds Meats in Clear Lake MN
                              2nd best I had at Brines Bar in Stillwater MN most likely made and sold at Brines Mkt & Deli also in Stillwater.....Nummm ..... time 4 a roadtrip or you can buy online@
                              http://mcdonaldsmeats.com/

                              1. Beef jerky is one of my favorite foods ever, and the best I've had in the twin cities is from Ready Meats on Johnson St. in northeast Minneapolis. They have it brought in from a smokehouse in North Dakota, but it is just ridiculously good. My dog just loves when I pick some up too. :)

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                                1. re: ike.

                                  Ok - I started this thread...and I'm adding one.

                                  My hubby and I attended a wedding in Grand Rapids this weekend. Right after entering Onamia- there is a place on the right off 169 N called Meats on Mille Lacs. OMG. This place is REALLY REALLY good. My husband is a jerky freak....he said the jerky is better than MacDonalds in Clear Lakes and the meat sticks AMAZING. I'm not really into all of that stuff--but I ventured to try one after I got out of control oohs and ahhs..no kidding. I had the spicy stick with cheese. I have admit-makes Von Hansen's looks like a pittance and compared to other places....it's awesome. We had to stop again on the way hometo buy another lb so I could freeze them when they got home. Even better? Open til 4 on Sundays.

                                  1. re: snoboardbabe77

                                    Funny...I drive by Meats on Mille Lacs a dozen times every summer and I've never stopped, probably because they're always closed when I go by. I'm going to make a point of stopping this year.

                                  2. re: ike.

                                    I read northeast Minneapolis and got super excited, ike. This is much closer than the market I travel to once a month. I loved the atmosphere and service at Ready Meats and will definitely go back bc of these factors; however, the beef/turkey jerky and beef sticks were just above average. I enjoyed my picks but they just cannot compare the Mackenthun's in St. Bonifacious. Additionally, the steaks are better at Lunds. Even so, thank you for suggesting a meat market. I love them!!

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                                    Ready Meats
                                    3550 Johnson St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

                                  3. What an awesome thread. I'm a big fan of jerky. I usually get mine special ordered from:
                                    http://bigbulljerky.com/
                                    Joe's a local St. Paul guy and the jerky is great. You can get it as hot as you want it.

                                    But I have to check out the:
                                    http://www.meatonmillelacs.com/index.... & http://www.mcdonaldsmeats.com/index.asp

                                    These places sound awesome.

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                                    1. re: alpa chino

                                      Alpa - I checked out BigBull website and looks like there are some interesting flavors...have you ever tried the Chipotle Jerky?

                                      Also, do they only sell through the website or do they also sell through a store in St Paul?

                                      1. re: rjayasuriya

                                        yeah, I've had the chipotle--it's not bad. Teriyaki's their best seller. And their super hot habanero, which is my favorite. Try the 100 pepper. You'll love it! Stay away from the grass-fed stuff.

                                        Actually, it's in St. paul park--not St. Paul. Drop Joe an email and you can go to the store to pick up.

                                    2. Mackenthun's in St. Bonafacious has a large variety of beef jerky as well as brats and other deli meats. Drive out West Highway 7 to Country Rd. 92.

                                      1. I am very excited to read this thread but couldn't wait to write. I live in Minneapolis but make a monthly trip to St. Bonifacious (SP?) at the far edge of the city. Mackenthun's is just off HWY 7. Go west on 7 and when you get to St. Boni, you'll come to a Holiday store on your right. At that light, take a left and this place is the second shop on the right. The string jerkey is so, So, SO wonderful. Hands down, the best I have had in town. I seek this stuff out, occasionally venture to different markets and always end up disappointed and back at Mackenthun's. Legit. He will do very crazy things for it!

                                        Does your sig o have really great breath? Only kidding...

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                                        1. re: savvyguy

                                          Here are Mackenthun's wood smoked jerky selections from their handout...

                                          String Jerky - beef strips marinated in teriyaki and spiced with peppers for a spicy, hot flavor. Made to eat like "string" cheese.

                                          BBQ Jerky - Beef rounds marinated in BBQ sauce for a sweet smoky flavor.

                                          Campfire Jerky - Traditional beef jerky with a smoky flavor.

                                          Turkey Jerky - Turkey tenders marinated in a red pepper sauce for a medium, hot flavor.

                                          Jamaican Pork Jerky - Boneless pork marinated in pineapple juice and Jamaican spices with crushed red peppers for a sweet, hot flavor.

                                          Slim Johns - We've taken "Slim Jims" to the next level. Our lean beef snack sticks are made in four varieties: Original, Teriyaki, Fire and Cheddar.

                                          They have some other smoked meats and I counted 27 different wiener, sausage and brat selections that I won't exhaust myself and type out here. :)

                                          Mackenthun's Meat & Deli, Inc.
                                          4275 County Rd 92
                                          St. Bonifacius, MN 55375
                                          952-446-1234

                                          They don't seem to have a web site.