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Aug 9, 2008 10:44 PM

Best Beef Jerky

I'm looking to try out some new beef jerky that I never tried out before, can anyone give any suggestions?


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  1. I am fond of New Beef King in Manhattan's Chinatown. They feature several types of beef jerky and do mail order:

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    1. re: scoopG

      Ditto this rec.

      Some of their jerky is so well-seasoned it borders on tasting like bbq.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        what variety do you guys recommend?

        1. re: chocabot

          Wet Spicy Pork Jerky, Wet Spicy Beef Jerky and Dried Curry Beef Chunks are my favorites.

    2. This place is great, and lots to choose from (beef, venison, elk turkey, etc):

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      1. re: danhole

        The best packaged, store brand I have had is Wild Bill's

        1. re: Sean

          Big fan of the Wild Bill's, great with beer.

          1. re: Sean

            I've seen that but never tried it. If I have to resort to buying a store brand I like Pemmican peppered tender beef jerky.

            1. re: danhole

              I ordered some Wild Bill today, thanks for the suggestion. Anybody else have any more?

              1. re: tannerboyle

                Alpine Prime Foods has the best jerky I've ever found. It's all in nugget form. Big 13 oz.. USDA vacuum sealed reclosable bags.


              2. re: danhole

                As far as the readily available stuff goes, I'll second Pemmican, but I like the teriyaki flavor.

              3. re: Sean

                Wild Bill's Jerky is the best IMHO after trying tens of diferent commercial brands.

            2. Two places that have my favorite beef jerky are: Bourgeois Beef Jerky (which I can only get from from friend in Louisiana) and Oregon Trails (the pioneer candy and bbq are my favs,
              )Both places have great flavor and consistency but Bourgeois has the best smoky flavor
              that I have never found in any other jerky.
              Two other decent places are
     (several good flavors Golden Nugget and the Teryiaki) and
              Umpqua Native American Jerky from the Beef Jerky Emporium

              I was VERY disappointed with Gary West beef jerky. It does not live up to the hype.

              I have also found a few places that have pretty good beef jerky with lower sodium than most:
              Jerky Direct and Joe's Beef Jerky

              1. In my search for the best possible tasting jerky, I started making my own. I bought a Nesco food dryer. I buy london broil on sale (usually about 1.69 a lb), i slice it thin against the grain, and marinate it in soy sauce, brown sugar, pineapple juice and black pepper for 24 hrs.

                It dries for 4 hours, it produces unbeleivable jerky, at far far far less than mail order or store bought.

                yes yes it's one more gadget, but I love it, and it's fun to expirement

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                1. re: CaptainJim

                  I made my own for years, than discovered this brand:

                  It's sold at Wal-Mart for about $9.50/lb. It's tough to pass up when it tastes so good, and it's hard to make it for less money when taking into account the weight after drying, ingredients, electricity to operate, and clean-up (more an environmental/time issue, but still).

                  I still have the dehydrator, though more often I have made jerkey using Alton Brown's box fan/furnace filter setup.

                  1. re: madgreek


                    I bought a 1 lb bag of the world kitchens beef jerky before Ike hit, and have been munching on it. Although it is cheap, and not too bad, it really isn't as good as Pemmican. I would rather spend a little more, or even better get some from Woody's (mentioned above) or make my own. Just my opinion. But I will say it was better than nothing!

                2. I'm a big fan of Biltong. It has a little more give than most commercial jerkies and a spicy, slightly floral flavor from the South African seasonings.


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                  1. re: JungMann

                    Second the biltong...once I open a package, I can't stop till it's gone.

                    1. re: Wiley

                      Biltong is much better than jerky!