Beef jerky is becoming increasingly popular in the United States. It's easy to see why. This traditional food is high in protein, low in fat, easy to carry on camping, hiking and fishing trips, and, most importantly, tastes good. Beef jerky comes in a variety of flavors, from hickory-smoked to teriyaki. The flavor of beef jerky can also be enhanced by pairing this treat with the right adult beverage. Below are our ten favorite alcoholic beverages to drink with jerky.
1. Bourbon. Bourbon, preferably single barrel bourbon, helps to enhance the natural meat flavor of your jerky. The higher the corn content in the bourbon, the better the pairing.
2. Rye. Rye is another drink that is well-suited to pairing with beef jerky. In fact, some bartenders even use jerky as a garnish for certain rye cocktails.
3. Belgian beer. Belgian beer stands up well to the protein in jerky and makes a pleasant, satisfying combination. Stay away from light beers, as they will tend to get lost amid the intense flavors in jerky.
4. Red Zinfandel wine. If wine is your preferred beverage, you'll need a full-bodied red wine to accompany your beef jerky. The slightly-peppery flavor of a red Zinfandel is the perfect choice.
5. Scotch. Lighter-style scotches also make a good combination with traditional beef jerky.
6. Tequila. Lime-infused beef jerky goes well with unflavored tequila.
7. Beaujolais wine. Sweeter types of jerky, such as teriyaki jerky, pair well with light, fruit-forward red wines, such as a Beaujolais or Pinot Noir.
8. Gin. Lemon-garlic flavored jerky tastes delicious when paired with herbal spirits, such as gin, which is made from juniper berries.
9. Sauvignon Blanc wine. The exception to the full-bodied red wine rule applies when you are eating very spicy jerky, such as chili or cajun jerky. For this type of treat, you want to reach for a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, the go-to wine varietal for spicy and ethnic-style foods.
10. Irish stout. Another good choice for enhancing the taste of your beef jerky is to drink a pint of Guinness or other Irish-style stout with your jerky. The high carbohydrate level in stout helps to bring out the flavor in the jerky.
To learn more about beef jerky and/or to order a supply for yourself or as a gift, visit Crockett Creek.com. We've been creating home-style Tennessee jerky since 1994.