Beef jerky has had a place in America’s culinary history from the days of the Wild West up to the present. Today it’s one of the most popular of snack foods, rivaling even potato chips and popcorn. For most people there’s only one reason to eat beef jerky - because it tastes great! No other snack quite satisfies that craving for meaty savoriness like jerky.

But there are many other reasons to indulge in beef jerky besides taste, including some that may surprise you. Read on for some of the things that make beef jerky such an awesome food.

6 Great Things About Beef Jerky

  • It’s good for you. Because most of the fat and moisture is removed from beef jerky when it’s made, it’s a great source of protein, up to 15 grams per serving, and it’s about 98% fat-free. Because if its high protein content, beef jerky is a favorite of body-builders, athletes, and those on a diet.

  • It’s convenient. Beef jerky is small and lightweight and easy to carry, which makes it a top choice of those on the go like joggers and backpackers, and with campers and hunters.

  • It lasts a long time. Because beef jerky can be stored for months at a time, it’s not a bad idea to keep some in the cupboard and in the car for emergencies.

  • Variety. Beef jerky is the number one type, but jerky can be made from any type of meat, like venison, elk, buffalo, and more. And of course it can be marinated and flavored with all kinds of delicious sauces and seasonings.

  • It’s Native American food. America’s indigenous peoples have been making and enjoying jerky for centuries, and it was actually one of the basic staples of their diet. Before refrigerators it was a simple and easy way to preserve fresh meat that would last for a long time in any kind of weather.The word jerky derives from the native word ‘charqui’, which means ‘burns meat’.

  • Beef jerky has been to space! Because of its portability and high protein content, beef jerky was a regular addition to the food supply on the space shuttle.

Crockett Creek has been making beef jerky the Southern way for over two decades. So when you eat some, remember all the good things about beef jerky and do it guilt-free.