Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Top 5 Turkey Jerky Brands

Turkey Jerky doesn't quite satisfy my meat snacking urge the way beef jerky does, but that doesn't mean I don't totally like turkey jerky.  I have actually found some really good turkey jerky brands out there.

So with Thanksgiving just a day away, here's a look at my top 5 favorite turkey jerky brands...

1. House Of Jerky, Turkey Black Pepper - Better known of their variety of red meat jerky, House of Jerky continues to score well for its good meat consistency, full flavor, and a nice natural meat flavor.  Their turkey jerky is no different.  Combining a savory blend of soy sauce, black pepper, garlic, and smokiness into a tender, easy chew, it keeps you reaching for more.

2. Port City Smokehouse, Chipotle Turkey Jerky - If you want real wood smoked, moist, tender chunks of turkey, seasoned in spicy hot chipotle peppers, this is your deal.  It'll cost you extra for shipping, but it's worth it.  The taste of real turkey meat comes through well, but enhanced with real wood smoke, and then spiked with fiery hot chipotle pepper, all done the old fashioned way.

3. Rives Quality Meats, Turkey Jerky - Some of the best jerky I've ever had came from Rives Quality Meats, a tiny butcher shop and country store in rural Michigan.  The rich smokiness against the natural flavor of turkey, but mixed with simple blend of salt and black pepper, makes this taste and chew just like something from small town USA.

4. Ju Ju Jerky, Turkey Jerky - This turkey jerky is so flavorful, you may not even realize it's turkey.  Ju Ju Jerky focuses on the flavors of Caribbean, with rich, bold blends of marinades, spices and seasonings.  But it's very soft, tender meat, and juicy too.  Flanked with a sweetness and lemon tanginess, it'll open your eyes the moment you put a piece into your mouth.

5. Gourmet Jerky, Turkey Jerky - For those of you who like dry, thin sliced jerky, here's one for you.  I found these slabs of turkey jerky to still retain their natural meat flavors, but boosted with a mild blend of garlic, peppers, and soy sauce.  The dry, thin meat consistency gives a little crunch to the chew.  Diet and fitness buffs will discover no added sugar.

Honorable mentions go to...

Jedidiah's Jerky, Turkey
Perky Jerky, Turkey
Prasek's Hillje Smokehouse, Turkey

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Beef Jerky Recipe Contest

We want your homemade beef jerky recipe!

If you love to make beef jerky, and you think you have a really good recipe, PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR RECIPE TO US!

All recipes we receive will be posted and categorized here on for others to try.

We will pick up to 10 lucky winners.

Each will winner receive a 6-pack of Golden Island Beef Jerky.  Golden Island Beef Jerky is known for their unique asian-style flavors like Mandarin Orange, Korean Barbecue, and Grilled Pork, plus others.

The contest runs from November 1, 2012 through November 30, 2012.

E-mail your recipe to us at:

Contest Rules

1. When you submit a recipe to us, you are hereby certifying that you created this recipe or have permission to submit it to us.

2. All recipes submitted to us will be published on this website for the public to see and use.

3. You can submit as many recipes you want.

4. Each recipe must have a name (e.g. "Mike's Famous Beef Jerky", "Hot Teriyaki Jerky", etc.

5. You must include one or more photos with each recipe, and it must pertain to that recipe (ingredients, making, finished product, etc)

6. You must include your first & last name.

7. You must include your mailing address (not a P.O. box)