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2003/06/27 11:03:39 (permalink)

Beef Jerky

Rarely do I take a roadtrip without picking up some beef jerky somewhere along the way. Beef jerky and Dr. Pepper make a great combo; perfect for relieving the boredom when one is forced to drive on the Interstates.

Anyway, I thought of this after reading one of goldsborscht's posts today, and I need to make a suggestion:

Goldsborscht: I failed to mention before that when you are in Johnson City, TX this summer, you need to stop there and buy some Whittington's beef jerky. It's thick-cut, made right there in Johnson City, and is my all-time favorite.

I'm also wondering what other favorite jerkys y'all can recommend around the country, whether it's beef, turkey, or some other exotic meat.
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    RE: Beef Jerky 2003/06/27 11:07:57 (permalink)
    I have a friend who makes venison jerky when he is lucky enough to harvest a deer, good eating!
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    RE: Beef Jerky 2003/06/27 12:25:27 (permalink)
    Bushie,
    One of the reasons I can't wait to get down to Texas is the jerkey. It blows me away to go in a convenience store & find a virtual jerkey bar set up! Always did love jerkey but did not I have a valid reason to keep it on hand. Contrary to popular opinion it is very low in fat, too much fat on it & it would go rancid it can have high sodium, however, so you may have to watch that. However, it is a great source of quick protein to help keep my sugars in line Up here good jerkey is hard to find, but I keep looking
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    RE: Beef Jerky 2003/11/14 17:29:59 (permalink)
    I AGREE TOTALLY!! venison jerky is the best!!! we make our own and it's awesome!!!!!!!
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    RE: Beef Jerky 2003/11/14 17:53:25 (permalink)
    A few weeks ago at the Austin Farmer's Market downtown, I found and bought some Salmon Jerky. I'd never had it before, and it was really good.
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    RE: Beef Jerky 2003/11/14 20:26:33 (permalink)
    I was glad to come across your post about Whittington's, Bushie. When I was driving along 281 from Spring Branch to Llano a few months ago (seems like forever since I've been there), I kept seeing the signs and thought I'd just have to stop and try some, but was headed to Cooper's so I kept putting it off. Then, there were no more signs advertising it.

    What's special about it?

    It is available on line, btw: http://www.whittingtonsjerky.com/.
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    RE: Beef Jerky 2003/11/14 20:35:32 (permalink)
    The Whittingtons is cut in smaller chunks not so thin that it becomes unchewable leather. The seasonings are not overpowering either. I've had some jerky that is so salty you can bareley eat it. Since it retains some moisture it is shipped in vacumn sealed packages. I have Bushie to thank for my intro to Whittingtons & I am eternally grateful.
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    RE: Beef Jerky 2003/11/16 22:24:10 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by ocdreamr

    The Whittingtons is cut in smaller chunks not so thin that it becomes unchewable leather. The seasonings are not overpowering either. I've had some jerky that is so salty you can bareley eat it. Since it retains some moisture it is shipped in vacumn sealed packages. I have Bushie to thank for my intro to Whittingtons & I am eternally grateful.

    You are more than welcome, OC!

    hermitt, you can order the packs online, and they are really good. Next time you're through Johnson City, though, you MUST stop. You can buy the uncut, fresh jerky strips right at the "factory". Honestly, there's not a great deal of taste between the fresh and the vac-pacs, but the experience is worth the stop.
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    RE: Beef Jerky 2004/01/18 13:42:30 (permalink)
    Beef jerky is a wonderful thing to gnaw on when you're hiking, going on a road trip, or just need a little meaty snack. There's a very good butcher & smoker out of Dartmouth NS (name I can't recall) who makes a yummy version. Chris Brothers ain't bad either. Salmon jerky is pretty great, too, as is venison. I've been meaning to make beef jerky for a while. The amount of meat you have to start out with is a bit intimidating though.

    When I lived out west, there were some pretty great versions of salmon candy, which is smoked salmon jerky made sweet.
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    RE: Beef Jerky 2004/01/21 22:08:06 (permalink)
    SLIM JIM THINGS!!
    haha i really dont know a specific kind but what about the one
    with a indian on the bag?
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    RE: Beef Jerky 2004/01/22 09:22:17 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by amelia

    ...but what about the one
    with a indian on the bag?

    I've seen that in convenience stores, but I don't remember ever trying that brand. It looks like many of the others that appear to be "ironed mystery meat". Personally, I like the thicker, more "natural" varieties. However, I've eaten PLENTY of the other kind over the years.
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    RE: Beef Jerky 2004/01/22 09:57:21 (permalink)
    Bushie...Remind me that I wanted to pick up about 1500 miles worth of this Jerky!! Is it less expensive at the factory than in the stores? Do they sell "seconds?"

    Hmmmm, running out of space to haul snacks on the roadtrip... guess that slab of LuteFisk we're taking out to Elise will sit beside the road once we get to Texas.. I can pick it up next trip thru. No Problem, Even the Coyotes won't touch it.
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    RE: Beef Jerky 2004/01/22 10:41:39 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen

    guess that slab of LuteFisk we're taking out to Elise will sit beside the road once we get to Texas.. I can pick it up next trip thru. No Problem, Even the Coyotes won't touch it.

    Yeah, I hear it keeps well, and should "summer" nicely in some ditch.

    As for the jerky (Whittington's), if you go the way I think you'll be going, you'll drive RIGHT BY the factory. The advantage of buying there is that you can pick up some FRESH, uncut jerky. McDuff and y'all will have a GRAND ole time gnawing on that.

    They also sell a bunch of other cool Texas foods like salsas, jellies, etc.
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    RE: Beef Jerky 2004/01/22 10:58:48 (permalink)
    Wow. Just learned more about beef jerky in two minutes than I ever knew.

    This is a fascinating place! And a lot of fun.


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    RE: Beef Jerky 2004/01/22 11:06:25 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by amelia

    SLIM JIM THINGS!!
    haha i really dont know a specific kind but what about the one
    with a indian on the bag?


    I believe that's "Pemmican" brand. Wouldn't bett my life on though. My husband makes a pretty tasty jerky, very addicting.
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    RE: Beef Jerky 2004/01/22 11:13:05 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Rusty246

    quote:
    Originally posted by amelia

    SLIM JIM THINGS!!
    haha i really dont know a specific kind but what about the one
    with a indian on the bag?


    I believe that's "Pemmican" brand. Wouldn't bett my life on though. My husband makes a pretty tasty jerky, very addicting.

    I thought about deleting this reply. PROOFREAD BRENDA!
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    RE: Beef Jerky 2004/01/22 11:24:20 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Rusty246

    I believe that's "Pemmican" brand. Wouldn't bett my life on though. My husband makes a pretty tasty jerky, very addicting.

    Looks like you are correct, Rusty. I searched for that name, and:

    http://www.pemmican.com/products/index.html

    Sounds like it may be better than I had thought. I think I'll try some just so I'll know for sure.
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    RE: Beef Jerky 2004/01/26 16:17:35 (permalink)
    I'd like to put my vote in for Robertson's Brand. It's a thinner, dryer, jerky with just the right amount of black pepper. I've often had my "Mom & Pop" grocer where I live order me a container when they re-order for themselves. Once went through a whole container in a weekend once word was out that I had it. I don't know which of more showed up, kid's or adults. Now I keep it a little more "hush hush". The location is in Seminole, OK. They also sell hams and other goodies.
    http://www.robertsons-hams.com/menu.html

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    RE: Beef Jerky 2004/01/26 16:20:26 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Rusty246

    I'd like to put my vote in for Robertson's Brand. It's a thinner, dryer, jerky with just the right amount of black pepper. I've often had my "Mom & Pop" grocer where I live order me a container when they re-order for themselves. Once went through a whole container in a weekend once word was out that I had it. I don't know which of more showed up, kid's or adults. Now I keep it a little more "hush hush". The location is in Seminole, OK. They also sell hams and other goodies.
    http://www.robertsons-hams.com/menu.html

    Well boogers, that doesn't work. Just "google it" at Robertsons Hams if you're interested
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    RE: Beef Jerky 2004/01/26 17:08:17 (permalink)
    Robertson's is good! Although very thin, it has a nice, natural flavor. I stop at the Robertson's north of Austin in Salado, TX, quite often. I really like their ham, too.
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    RE: Beef Jerky 2004/01/26 17:14:43 (permalink)
    Bushie, what was the place you took me to that was close to Johnson City. I thought that was the best I had ever had. Great treat that I left in your SUV. I was not hungry when I left it there but this afternoon I am

    That was sausage and jerky heaven.

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    RE: Beef Jerky 2004/01/26 17:35:58 (permalink)
    That was Whittington's, Sundance. My favorite.
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    RE: Beef Jerky 2004/01/26 19:37:12 (permalink)
    Bushie, thanks for taking the time to tour me in that part of Texas. Whittingtons is the best I have ever experienced and if it were not for you, I would still be thinking that the jerky I found at the local convenience store was the best.

    The afternoon you shared with me with the BBQ, tour at Johnson city and the Jerky is the best I have had in a long while.

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    RE: Beef Jerky 2004/01/26 23:13:33 (permalink)
    One of my customers brought me some home-made venison jerky a few days ago. Good stuff! I think it was marinated in some sort of soy concoction with a liberal dose of black pepper. Makes me want to go shoot a deer and give it to him.
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    RE: Beef Jerky 2004/09/21 13:07:49 (permalink)
    For those Jerks on the East Coast, the Country Butcher in Ellingtion, CT makes his own Jerky. The store is on State Route 83 maybe 10 minutes off I-84. The shop is closed Sunday and Monday and open until 6 the other days. The shop often runs out so call before travelling far.



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    RE: Beef Jerky 2004/09/21 13:24:34 (permalink)
    Would you consider a pickled sausage product like a Tijuana Mama jerky even though it isn't dried?
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    RE: Beef Jerky 2004/09/21 14:05:19 (permalink)
    ....here's our Rogue Valley favorite:
    http://www.garywest.com/products.asp?dept=1002
    spicy and succulent. Not like shoe leather....
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    RE: Beef Jerky 2004/09/22 12:35:24 (permalink)
    Hi all. Noticed the hits to my site, so I checked Roadfood out. Check out our locations and reviews, you can probably find us on many of your trips. Ours is not like shoe leather either. We make it fresh weekly and there's no preservatives. If you like the thicker kind, we also have nuggets.
    If it's not appropriate for me to post here, please delete this. Thanks, Janie
    (and I'm glad you found us Jack.) www.houseofjerky.net
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    RE: Beef Jerky 2004/10/10 22:02:10 (permalink)
    I have a cousin in Tecumseh, MI that makes an outstanding beef jerky. Also makes turkey jerky as well. His is so good he quit his job he'd had for 20 years and opened his own convenience store/deli. He has not yet gone commercial with a packaged name, etc so you have to stop at his store and buy it there.

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    RE: Beef Jerky 2004/11/23 14:27:32 (permalink)
    Attention Beef Jerky fans! Know anybody that likes really good beef jerky? Check the site out at www.bizbuilder.jerkydirect.com and if you got 12 bucks, you're in business. They have 10 different varieties including Buffalo Jerky, Turkey nuggets, and Peppered Steak Sticks. You buy these on-line - they give you a website, and make money when you refer your friends.

    Best Jerky I've ever tasted, no MSG or preservatives and shipped fresh.[|)]
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