When you hear someone discussing jerky, more than likely your mind goes straight to beef. While your mind may wonder into various flavors of beef jerky, you probably don’t consider the other types of meat that can be made into jerky. Don’t get us wrong! We’re all about tradition and are firm believers that the best beef jerky is a perfect snack for on the go. However, we challenge you not to restrict yourself to just beef jerky… try something new the next time you grab a pack of jerky for the trail, a fishing trip, or just a Thursday afternoon snack. Why limit yourself, when there’s a world of jerky opportunities out there?
Wild Game Jerky
If you’re unfamiliar with the term wild game, we’re talking about land animals, such as buffalo, elk, and deer, which are known for their nutrient-dense meat. It’s their superior meat that makes them great alternatives to beef for jerky. Wild game tends to be very lean due to an active lifestyle and a natural diet. Some game meats have vitamin and mineral compositions similar to beef, making these meats good sources of iron, B12, and other vitamins and minerals.
Here’s a peek at three of the most common wild game jerky types.
Also referred to as bison, buffalo meat is high in protein, but low in fat and cholesterol, making it a healthier meat option. In addition, buffalo are typically raised with no growth hormones and free from steroids. Buffalo jerky can be made in a variety of flavors such as teriyaki, black pepper, and more.
Elk meat, like buffalo, is naturally low in fat and cholesterol while being high in protein, but it’s also high in iron. Many people will tell you elk has a unique taste which is similar to beef. Elk jerky is commonly available in several flavors like original, spicy, and teriyaki.
Meat selected from premium deer is the best choice when making venison jerky. Venison is lean and high in protein and B vitamins. If you’re a hunter, you’re probably familiar with the various ways to use venison meat, and if you’re a good hunter then you know how tough it can be to keep finding new ways to use the meat. Marinate solid, thick strips with a delicious marinade of various spices and flavors, then smoke/cook it to perfection. Ta-da! Jerky. Don’t worry though, you don’t have to make your own venison jerky to have an opportunity to try it. Venison jerky is a popular jerky type amongst jerky retailers.
For the Jerky Enthusiasts
We all know someone with an adventurous side who is down to try anything! Enter exotic jerky – jerky made from animals you wouldn’t normally consider. Exotic jerky types range from alligator jerky with a mild taste and firm texture to jerky made from Tibetan yak which is extremely lean meat. Some other exotic jerky types include alpaca, kangaroo, wild boar, and snake. If you’re a bird-lover, there’s duck, turkey, and even ostrich jerky to try. You can even make jerky from some fish, such as salmon, trout, or tuna. Whether you are a wild game fan or prefer something a little more exotic, there’s a jerky to fit your style.
All-Natural, Gluten-Free, & High Protein Snacks
Sticking with what you know is never a bad thing, but sometimes it is nice to step out of your comfort zone some. Most of us would probably agree trying kangaroo or alpaca jerky may be a little much, but more traditional meats such as buffalo, elk, and venison are great for someone wanting to branch out from their usual beef jerky.
Crockett Creek Jerky has been handcrafting jerky in Tennessee for over 30 years. Our recipes were perfected in our family kitchen, and we’re honored to share that homestyle flavor with our customers. Our jerky is made with all-natural, high-quality ingredients, and every type of jerky we offer is a gluten-free, high protein snack. To ensure you receive the best flavor and highest quality, Crockett Creek’s jerky is made in small batches and always crafted by hand.
Our handcrafted jerky comes in a variety of flavors and meat types. From beef jerky favorites like Original, Teriyaki, and Steakhouse to bold flavors such as Honey Jalapeno and Blazin’ Cajun, as well as original buffalo, elk, and venison jerky, Crockett Creek has something for every jerky lover. Shop our handcrafted jerky online today!