These days you can buy jerky in stores or order jerky of the month clubs online. But, did you know that jerky has a very long history?
It was first created during the Cro-Magnon era about 40,000 years ago. Jerky was initially dried using the sun and wind, but later, the process evolved to use other preservation methods.
The American Indians and Incan tribes in South America also made jerky, though they used a more evolved technique. The American Indians used to smoke the meat to dry it, rather than using the sun, eventually creating the first smokehouse in a teepee. But back then, it was not beef jerky that they made and, instead, jerky was made from wild animals like deer, elk, and turkey.
Drying meat was the perfect way to preserve food to avoid spoilage, store for the future, and eat when traveling. Jerky retains its nutrition but loses its water content leaving behind a lightweight compact yet nutrient-dense food.
Since the advent of jerky making, many people now use beef to create this delicious treat. Though jerky is no longer the critical staple, it was long ago; it is still a traditional travel snack.
For the same reasons as the American Indians, the people of today choose jerky to bring along when hiking and camping because it is easy to pack and doesn't require refrigeration. Plus, it is an excellent source of protein.
But jerky has become a lot more than a functional food. Instead, it is a favored snack, among many. Plus, jerky comes in an endless number of flavor and meat varieties. For those who love the chewy, salty taste of jerky, you will enjoy trying one the many jerky of the month clubs.
Plus they make the perfect gift for the jerky loving carnivore in your life, especially if you send out another type of snack subscription at the same time.
Jerky of the Month Clubs
- Craft Jerky Co.
- LOL Jerky
- Jerky Subscription
- The Herbivorous Butcher
- Jerky Snob
- Man Crates
Craft Jerky Co.
Craft Jerky Co. specializes in bringing together jerky lovers with craft jerky every month. Though the Craft Jerky Co. doesn't make their jerky, they scour the country looking for the best small-batch artisan jerky they can find.
Craft Jerky Co. specializes in jerky subscriptions only and does not sell individual packages of jerky. Their jerky subscription can include a note if you are sending it as a gift.
The Craft Jerky Co. has been featured in several publications such as Readers Digest, Yahoo!, Entrepreneur, and MSN.
There are four different jerky of the month subscription options:
- 2 bags/month for $15
- 4 bags/month for $25
- 6 bags/month for $35
- 8 bags/month for $45
Duration options include month to month, 3, 6, and 12 month prepay.
After placing your order, The Craft Jerky Co. ships out the jerky that same day if the order is placed no later than 12 CST. Otherwise, the shipment goes out the next business day. All jerky subscription boxes ship via USPS for a flat $3 fee. And The Craft Jerky Co can ship anywhere in the US and Canada.
LOL Jerky, founded in 2014, searches for high-quality hand-crafted jerky to include in their monthly subscription box. They have tested over fifty varieties, but only the best will ever be included in your monthly jerky subscription.
Not only does LOL Jerky pride themselves on sourcing premium jerky, but they also are working to educate the public about the value of supporting local farmers. And LOL Jerky doesn't just talk about supporting farmers; they show their support with every subscription by donating a portion to struggling family farms to help keep their business going.
LOL Jerky is a subscription-only company and does not sell individual packages or make their own.
There are four jerky of the month club options:
- 1 bag for $9.95/month
- 2 bags for $18.95/month
- 3 bags for $24.95/month
- 6 bags for $39.95/month
The four duration options available include month to month or 3, 6, and 12 month prepay choices.
Each month the recipient receives hand-selected artisan jerky, and sometimes you may find a surprise sample with your delivery. Some of the varieties you may see in your jerky subscription box are Righteous Felon, True Jerky, Dried and True, and Think Jerky.
Jerky Subscription, finds and delivers unique craft jerky from all over the country.
Every month you or the gift recipient will receive a box of hand-selected flavorful jerky from craft jerky makers. The jerky subscription boxes are packed with flavor containing jerky options like smoky truffle, aloha teriyaki, spicy barbecue, mango habanero, and sriracha honey.
Jerky Subscription offers four club options:
- 2 bags for $15/month
- 4 bags for $25/month
- 6 bags for $35/month
- 8 bag for $47/month
All are available in the standard four duration options, month-to-month, 3, 6, or 12 months. The shipments go out via USPS and carry a $3 flat rate shipping fee. The jerky included in the subscription box is usually 2 oz, but occasionally there will be 1.5 oz to 3 oz bags.
Though they don't always carry them, currently, the company has two different themed jerky boxes, both are a one-time delivery and not a subscription box.
The two limited-edition boxes are The Beer Infused Jerky Box, and Hot and Spicy (Inferno) Jerky Box. Both boxes contain six unique flavors of jerky for $49.
Jerky.com, founded in 2008, started with just five beef jerky flavors but has expanded to over 100 kinds of jerky, including a variety of flavors and protein types.
Jerky.com stands out from other jerky companies in a few different ways. First, Jerky.com makes several of the jerky selections. All of their jerkies are handmade in small batches, using only premium ingredients, such as venison from New Zealand and grade A top-round beef steak for their beef jerky.
Another thing that makes Jerky.com unique is their jerky options when it comes to protein sources. For example, they offer options such as alligator, kangaroo, buffalo, elk, venison, pork, boar, alpaca, lamb, salmon, and ostrich.
In addition to the above less common flavors, they do offer traditional proteins too.
Not only do they offer a jerky of the month club subscription, but Jerky.com also sells individual bags of jerky as well as:
- Jerky.com deep fried peanuts
- Premium roast sunflower seeds
- Old fashioned licorice twists
- Seasoned peanuts
- Flavored pretzels
- Meat sticks
- Gift baskets
And all of the above snacks come in a multitude of flavors.
There are five jerky of the month options:
- Exotic Jerky Subscription box
- Beef Jerky
- Hot Jerky
- Ultimate Jerky
- Bacon Jerky
With each of the clubs you get to choose the size, flavor, and duration. Your options for size vary depending on the subscription choice. You can also choose to add on a meat snack pack, which includes seven different snacks like meat sticks and jerky chews.
There are two flavor options. You can opt for a variety of flavors, or a similar variety that excludes anything spicy. As for duration, you can choose between the typical options of month-to-month, 3, 6, or 12 months.
The Herbivorous Butcher
The Herbivorous Butcher is by far the most unique jerky company on this list. It was founded by Aubry and Kale Walch, a sister and brother team headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Aubry and Kale, along with many friends and family members, enjoy a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, and one of their favorite conversation topics is food. And, one evening on a whim, Aubry announced they should open a vegan butcher shop. Though at first no one, including Aubry, took the idea seriously, but then after a minute or two, they realized it wasn't such a crazy idea.
Today, the Herbivorous Butcher now partners with markets and restaurants all over the Twin Cities while still managing their Minneapolis butcher shop and food truck. They make all of their vegan products from the freshest ingredients in small batches.
The Herbivorous Butcher offers a wide variety of meatless meat products such as steak, bacon, chicken, ribs, and more. Plus, they have many cheese-free cheese options.
They also offer jerky, sold in individual packages, or a monthly subscription. Their jerky of the month boxes ship mid-month and include the cost of shipping in the price of the subscription. The jerky of the month club is available in three options (1, 3, or 12-month subscriptions), and you get 15% off the 12-month option.
Plus, Herbivorous Butcher is passionate about saving farm animals from neglect, cruelty, and abuse, which is why they opened Herbivorous Acres.
On a side note, there are other vegan subscription boxes out there too, if vegan jerky isn't quite what you're looking for.
Jerky Snob was created when the founders were unable to find excellent quality jerky that wasn't full of nitrates, nitrites, and high fructose corn syrup. So, they started ordering a variety of artisan jerky made with only the best ingredients.
Soon friends and family were asking the couple if they could get them some of the same jerkies the next time they ordered. After ordering jerky for friends and family, the two realized they weren't alone and created Jerky Snob, an online jerky store that specializes in jerky subscriptions.
There are three jerky club options available:
- Two bags for $15 per shipment
- 1/2 a pound (4 bags) for $27 per shipment
- Full pound (8 bags) for $54 per shipment
With the 1/2 pound and full pound subscription options, the recipient will also receive a card with details of the jerky varieties, including information about that month's jerky preparation methods and techniques.
After selecting the quantity of jerky, you can choose your subscription duration from month-to-month, 3, 6, or 12 months.
Some of the jerky varieties you may find in your box include Righteous Felon, Aufschnitt's Teriyaki, and Long Beach Jerky – Gramps' Original.
Jerky subscriptions ship out between the 22nd-24th of each month, but are billed on the 11th. Plus, the Jerky Snob ships outside of the US.
JerkyGent, based out of Los Vegas, specializes in sourcing gourmet artisan jerky. The inspiration for JerkyGent came from discovering small-batch artisan jerky at their local farmer's market. After concluding that there had to be more gourmet jerky options available, the owners set out to make it easy for jerky lovers to “polish up their snacking” with premium quality options.
With more than 100 great flavors, it is hard not to find a jerky you will love on the JerkyGent website. JerkyGent sells individual bags, gift boxes, and jerky subscriptions. Their jerky of the month subscription boxes are available in three options:
- 2 bags for $16/month
- 4 bags for $28/month
- 8 bags for $56/month
There are two choices of spiciness for the jerky – mild/medium or hot/spicy. And two options for flavor – traditional or non-traditional. Traditional flavors include things like BBQ or teriyaki, whereas non-traditional flavors consist of Mojo, Buffalo, or Truffle.
The jerky subscription is month to month and can be canceled or paused anytime. All of the jerky boxes come with special “subscriber” pricing, and the eight bag option includes free shipping. On orders where shipping is not included, it is a flat rate of $3.95.
The first jerky subscription box goes out immediately, with subsequent boxes shipped on the 10th of each month.
SumoJerky was founded in 2014 by Ryan Leudecke and was then sold to Wayne Enterprises in 2017. Despite the shift in ownership, SumoJerky continues to focus on high-quality delicious jerky. You're getting more variety than with many other companies too, as SumoJerky sources the jerky from throughout the world, rather than just from the US.
There are club sizes to choose from:
- 3 bags for $23/month
- 6 bags for $44/month
- 12 bags for $80/month
You need to pay shipping with the first option, while the other two come with free shipping. The bags vary in size from 2 ounces to 4 ounces, depending on the specific products that are included.
Man Crates started in John Beekman's small apartment, more than six years ago. The company quickly gained momentum soon growing out of John's apartment and into a warehouse.
And its no wonder they became one of the fastest-growing companies in the country. Man Crates offers a fantastic selection of unique gift crates focused on what men want. They have everything from grilling, sports, and drink crates, all of which are carefully crafted and with a variety of themes.
Some of the awesome gifts they carry include:
- Rib Master Crate
- Breakfast Making Kit
- Carnival Food Faves
- Personalized Hunting Crate
- Zombie Annihilation Kit
But if you are looking for that special one-time jerky gift, then Man Crates has you covered. They offer several jerky gift crate choices:
- Jerky Heart – The most romantic jerky gift on the market
- Booze Infused Jerky – A dynamic duo any jerky lover will enjoy
- American Jerky Tour – Experience different regions of the country through the taste of jerky
- Jerky Tie – Tie shaped box filled with a variety of jerky
- Cow-pocalypse Crate – Contains two each of six jerky varieties
- Chef's Choice Jerky Crate – The name says it all
- Exotic Meats Jerkygram – For the adventurous jerky enthusiasts
- Bacon Jerkygram – Two favorite meat varieties combined into one great snack
And these jerky gift crates are only a sample of their jerky gifts; check out the Man Crate website to see all of their jerky crate options.