If “jerky” conjures up images of a preservative-packed meat stick from the convenience store, surprise: The latest versions of this portable, high-protein snack are all-natural, artisanal, and gluten-free.
Aimed at the health-conscious seeking a natural, low-sugar energy source, these jerkies are made with leaner, higher-quality meat and without nitrates or other preservatives. Delicious vegan options exist, too. Some companies are even offering smoky jerky strips with nuts, seeds, and dried fruit for a nutrient-dense trail mix. Happy chewing.
A few of our favorite jerkies:
- Louisville Vegan Jerky Co.’s Enid’s Sriracha Maple
- Fusion Jerky’s Island Teriyaki Artisan Pork
- Dick Stevens’s Extreme Blend Beef Jerky Mix