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Welcome to Beef Jerky Recipes

Snack food fads come and go, but beef jerky has been something people have been making for thousands of years before commercialism even existed! A tried and true method of preparing meat, beef jerky has evolved into a one of America's most favorite snack foods, with the dried meat snack industry raking in an estimated $300 million per year.

Beef jerky is a popular snack for many reasons.

• It's healthy. Beef jerky is low in fat and cholesterol.
• Protein! Beef jerky is very high in protein, which can translate to an energy-filled snack.
• Low or no Carb! With many people on the craze of a low-carb diet, jerky is a perfectly filling snack option.
• It's convenient! Beef jerky is the type of snack that is small, so it can be easily carried with you anywhere.
• It lasts! If you buy in bulk and stash it somewhere, you'll have an endless supply of a good snack for months.
• Variety! There are so many cuts and flavors of jerky that you can always try something new. There is regular jerky, there are sticks, there are nuggets and there is even chew.

In fact, beef jerky really is only one kind of jerky. Jerky in general is any type of dried meat. Turkey comes in second to beef, while other meats like pork and many game animals like deer, buffalo and elk also make delicious jerky snacks. There are also more exotic types of jerky: alligator, crocodile, ostrich, trout, salmon and even tofu.

There are many popular brands of jerky that you can purchase online or in your favorite store. Some of the most recognized brand of jerky are Slim Jim (which are best known for their spicy meat sticks, but do also have jerky), Oberto and Pemmican. There are also many gourmet beef jerky brands, such as Gary West. And, there are many regional favorites that also have grown due to the Internet.

Beef jerky can come in so many flavors: pepper, garlic, teriyaki, barbeque, honey barbeque and more. It can be mild and it can be hot. There are also many kinds of exotic flavors available if you look hard enough. Another way you can get some creative tasting jerky is by making it yourself. That's right. Beef jerky is something that anyone can make.

Beef jerky can also become a pastime for folks who like to experiment and eat jerky. There are kits available to make jerky at home, dehydrators to make in, lots of supplies and rubs and marinades to purchase and so much more. You can simply make it in your oven, too. There are many recipes available to make your own marinades and rubs. Aside from the recipes we offer here, there are other sites that offer recipes, as well as cookbooks dedicated to jerky.