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The Ultimate Jerky List

I just read the following article in the NY Times Online about artisinal jerky:


Now I'm suffering from an itch that can only be scratched with, you guessed it... jerky! So, please, I ask you... please let me know your favorite places to get jerky, whether it be artisan buffalo jerky in some high-end restaurant, or amazing homemade beef jerky from some small stand somewhere... please help me create the ultimate jerky list for the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area...

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  1. Manhattan Meats in Manhattan Beach has awsome jerky. Made in house..

    Manhattan Meats
    1111 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

    1. When Gallegos used to be in Santa Monica they had the great big peppery sheets of jerky. Sadly, I haven't been to the new location due to geographical issues but if they still have it, it is good.

      1. The jerky stand inside the San Gabriel Superstore (next to Yum Cha Cafe).

        San Gabriel Superstore
        1635 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

        1. Hands down
          A & Z Nut Wagon. 816 S Lorena St Los Angeles, CA 90023

          Los Angeles Magazine named it the best beef jerky for 2006. Nothing like I have ever tasted before. Awesome!!!!

          1. There's a great place in Hacienda Heights called Prime Cuts Beef Jerky. Come on out to the SGV, folks! It's in an old plaza off of Hacienda Blvd., just south of Halliburton Rd.

            The hot teriyaki beef jerky there is addictive!

            Prime Cut Beef Jerky
            2017 S. Hacienda Blvd., Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
            (626) 333-8393

            1. every once in a while, i find a (relatively) fresh and spry young batch of "People's Choice" brand beef jerky at random gas stations (not all of them carry them) - big sheets that you snare with tongs from the plexiglass display boxes next to the cashier. for some reason, this brand sits head and shoulders above any of the other snacky brands out there... i'm sure it can't compare to gourmet stuff but it sounds kind of like what you're talking about lol

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              1. re: rameniac

                Rameniac You wonder why? Because it's the SAME Beef Jerky sold in Bishop , A friend of mine did some snooping and found boxes in the Back from "Peoples Sausage Company" The Western, teriyaki, and Hot are Great. It's on Pico 1/2 block West of Central on the south side of the street in a Brick building. You go in ring the bell and you can buy the Jerkey by the pound for $15........ Shhhhhh my Secret.....
                Peoples sausage Company 1132 East Pico BLVD

                1. re: Skunk2Racer

                  so funny, i just back from bishop yesterday, was wondering if i'd ever have that jerky again

                  1. re: Skunk2Racer

                    noiiiiiice! thanks for this tip Skunk2Racer! i'm gonna check this out STAT...

                  2. re: rameniac

                    As long as we're not talking gourmet, the Jack Links brand makes a moister, thicker product known as 'kippered beef'. After having the homemade stuff in Wisconsin and Minnesota, this California boy is hooked.
                    More on the 'secret' sausage company at http://www.peopleschoicebeefjerky.com...
                    Don't forget the landjäger at Alpine Village or Eschbachs.

                  3. The "Biltong" at Springbok's bar and grill in Van Nuys. It's South African - the jerky is very tender and spicy. But you should call ahead as they don't always have it.
                    The sausage, boerwurst, is good too - especially with some piri piri sauce on the side.
                    16153 Victory Blvd
                    Van Nuys, CA 91316
                    Phone: (818) 988-9786

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                    1. re: oro3030

                      the biltong was great. But i was told that the county shut them down on the biltong front as they didn't have everything the county requires for processing meat. They only have a restaurant kitchen.

                    2. I like the Soo salmon jerky from Canada. I've umpteen varieties of Soo beef and pork jerky in the Chinese markets. Has anybody seen the salmon jerky in the L.A. area?

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                      1. re: Chandavkl

                        Did Search on Yahoo.....Roxy Trading Inc is the los Angeles area distributor of Soo Products
                        909-622-6888 They are in pomona, good Luck!

                        1. re: Skunk2Racer

                          I love beef jerky, but dislike most brands because they use sugar or too much sugar. My favorite is called "Enjoy" & used to be carried in the Universal Studios store that closed. I occasionally see it in random stores on road trips. Now, I have to order on line. It comes in jalapeno & a red hot that are both excellent (I'm thinking I'm going to have to order some, now...).

                          1. re: LANative

                            LANative, Gelsons (in Century City, at least) sells Enjoy jerky--along with Snackmasters, Country Butcher, and others.

                            Also they have a brand called "Golden Island" which comes in a few pseudo-Asian flavors like orange beef, chili lime beef, and bbq pork; I'm working my way through these but so far have thought them just so-so.

                            1. re: LANative

                              I love this brand too. I don't see it around much these days either, but for some reason never thought to order it online. I just ordered two jars...thanks for the tip!

                          2. re: Chandavkl

                            it's not the soo brand, but whole foods & wild oats both carry packaged wild salmon jerky, as well as ahi tuna jerky. [i think i might have even seen some at trader joe's at some point.] unfortunately i can't vouch for the quality - i've never tried either one.

                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                              It's good. I'd buy it every day if it were half the price. Costs too much for what you get, but they do a decent job smoking it.

                              I think salmon jerky in general is a way to use odd pieces from whatever kind of salmon they're processing, probably mostly pinks. I'd bet the quality varies some depending on the salmon they scavenged that hunk from. I bet they sometimes get especially oily king salmon that will make *that* package outstanding, or you might get a better part of the fish by luck. So you never know what you're gonna get with any salmon jerky, no matter the brand.

                          3. I have to vote for Vua Kho Bo (the Vietnamese King of Beef Jerky). The Vietnamese LOVE jerky and this place is great. Lemongrass and Chili Beef Jerky. I love the Clam Jerky myself. Lot's of other dried fruits etc. We always stop at the one in Little Saigon even though there are a few locations in SGV.

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                            1. re: bsquared2

                              I forgot to mention that if the owner (manager?) likes you, he'll often give you a free bottle of water to go with your jerky. That's what I call value! They will also let you sample to your hearts content.

                            2. Anyone know of any actual restaurants that serve jerkies?

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                              1. re: foodcorejunior

                                See the biltong at Springbok above - actual restaurant

                              2. lol this thread is taking me back! if anyone on here is chinese or has chinese relatives, do you guys happen to remember a brand of beef (or was it pork? my friend says it's pork) jerky that aunts and uncles from hong kong always used to bring over? it came in a box, was super shredded into little strips or pieces, and kind of sweet. on the predominantly white box were little colorful watercolor caricatures of hong kong harbor, chinese junk ships, and people. if anyone has any idea what i'm talking i will bow down. back in the day it was either that or the packaged brand with the silhouette of a bull's head on it, that came in flavors like "fruit" and was really gross...

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                                1. re: rameniac

                                  Pork sung. My wife's family use to put it on white bread with butter. You can still get it at the Chinese market. So loaded with chemicals I'd be a little afraid of it.

                                  1. re: tritip

                                    Pork sung buns are available at the 99 Ranch Market. I wasn't crazy about them.

                                    1. re: tritip

                                      ah it wasn't pork sung actually... but i remember that stuff too!

                                    2. re: rameniac

                                      A little while back, there was another thread on beef jerky and we found that the company you are speaking of is actually from Canada. They are still around, but do not sell the jerky anymore. I use to love the stuff and no other jerky can really compare. I think it was Jimmy's.
                                      The link below includes a pic...is that the one?

                                      1. re: justagthing

                                        THAT'S THE ONE! justagthing, you rule! too bad they don't make it anymore! does anyone else have any memories of this stuff? i remember really liking it, much better than that "bull's head" brand and all the other stuff out there...

                                        fwitw, i just wolfed down a pack of pacific salmon jerky from canada hehe... from the "soo singapore jerky ltd." company... it was a bit too sweet (are chinese jerkys always on the sweet side?)... wonder if i got my omega-3s for the day...

                                    3. Lindner Bison. I get it at the farmer's market in Long Beach on Sunday mornings. It's actually bison jerky, and the plain is just free range, organic bison, honey and salt. It's great.

                                      1. When my wife and I are on our way to Big Bear we always stop in Mentone for the "World Famous Beef Jerky" at the little liquor store on the way out of town. I think it is a little overpriced, but it is usually pretty good.

                                        1. I love the Gelson's brand beef jerky. The teriyaki is my favorite.

                                          1. Sausage kitchen on Olympic at Doheny makes a mean Biltong. Highly recommend it as you can get it whole, or shredded, wet or dry. Best I have ever tasted. http://www.germansausages.info/

                                            1. There are more jerky varieties at Cowboy Dan's Jerky Emporium than I ever knew existed. That nice, welcoming Sam Elliott-channeling fellow in the western gear is Dan himself and the hombre's tiny, Los Alamitos shop is stocked full of jerky ranging from "Alligator to Yak; from mild to wild." The man clearly knows his dried meats and wonder-eyed first timers (such as myself) are enthusiastically offered a tour of the numerous brands, styles and varieties in stock -- all personally selected by Cowboy Dan himself. It's definitely an experience. So much so that checking out felt like a trip to the museum store.


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                                              1. re: Kris P Pata

                                                what an awesome website - i love that they have an entire section of gluten-free options! thanks for posting the link.

                                              2. Our fav Jerky is actually from Mahogany Smoked Beef in Bishop and we order that from time to time. But also very good and avail in LA is J&J Grassfed Beef. They sell Jerky along with good grassfed beef at the following farmer's markets. Thursday South Pasadena 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
                                                Saturday Burbank 8:00 am - 12:30 pm
                                                Saturday Santa Monica Virginia Park 8:00 am - 1:00 pm