Werner Gourmet Meat Snacks is still family owned (despite all the arguments) and proudly produces top quality meat snacks, trail mixes, roasted nuts, and candies on the Oregon Coast. Born and raised in Tillamook, Oregon, Ken & Karla Werner built Werner Gourmet Meat Snacks from the ground up. In 1994, Ken & Karla started making beef jerky in their garage at home. Ken would load up their family minivan with beef jerky to drive Read More
I first discovered Branding Iron beef jerky back in 2010 on a trip to California. The brand name may be named JW Branding Iron. The ingredient list has since been cleaned up by removing MSG and sodium nitrite. This Branding Iron jerky brand is distributed under the name of J.W. Distributing Inc., and it is located in Lindon, California, USA. This Branding Iron jerky brand is manufactured by the private labeler company Read More
It all started with providing jerky to brave pioneers who often walked every step of the 2000 mile long grueling Oregon Trail. Tillamook Country Smoker has been in business for over 50 years. According to Tillamook Country Smoker, the original Oregonians, the Native Americans indigenous to the area, taught settlers how to make jerky. Back in the 1970s, two local farming families, the Smiths and Giengers, joined the Crossleys to Read More
On the back of the Old Trapper jerky bag, they describe how they have over 40 years of experience making jerky. They explain how the finest ingredients are used and then smoked with natural wood. In 2016, Old Trapper embarked on its most ambitious expansion yet when it broke ground on a new 80,000 square foot manufacturing facility at its headquarters in Forest Grove, Oregon. Read More
Note: For a more current taste review open up Old Trapper Beef Jerky (Review #2).
On the back of the Old Trapper jerky bag, they describe how they have over 40 years of experience making jerky. They go on to explain how the finest ingredients are used, and then smoked with real wood. In 2016, Old Trapper embarked on their most Read More
Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauces were first introduced in 1985. Their philosophy and slogan are “The Sauce is the Boss”. Bridgford Foods Corp. started its business in 1932, specializing in multiple food products, not just meat snacks, and currently has about 500 employees. They have a deep distribution network and are likely in the top five for jerky sales in North America, while still being a family run business. The Sweet Baby Ray’s Read More
Vermont Smoke & Cure has been consciously crafting delicious smoked meats using premium meat, spices, herbs, and simple local ingredients since 1962. Their meat snacks are made in small batches, hand crafted and slow cooked for over 18 hours. Half of their sticks are smoked using maple, hickory, and/or cob woodchips in their Smokehouse to add a unique flavor. Smoking tenderizes meat to give it that Read More