valentines cards

Make this Valentine's Day unforgettable with Jerky!

Claire Patrick

Ah Valentine's Day - February 14th - a worldwide celebration of love. It's 2018 people. We've been giving our loved ones the same old gifts for far too long, and it's time to shake it up! The team here at Jerky Dynasty has your back with unique gifts to help make this the best Valentine's day yet! 

We've rounded up some of the best options for your boo depending on your traditional gift-giving style. We're pretty sure our gifts will give your love ALL the heart eyes in the world for you! So without further adieu...

Roses are red...but jerky is better! 

valentine's bouquet

Flowers may be beautiful - but they're so short-lived.  And according to this survey, 46% of women would be disappointed to recieve flowers this Valentine's Day. We'd guess even fewer men care for bouquets. Unless, however, it's a longer-lasting bouquet of a different kind.  Nothing says true love like our Exotic Meat Bouquet from Carnivore Club. It's twenty long-stemmed jerky sticks will have your bae swooning, and it *might* even outlast those already-dying blooms. Plus - no pesky thorns. 

Mix things up! 

mix cd jerky assortment

Fan of ye olde mix CD? Let's be honest - your significant other is only using Spotify these days and hasn't touched an actual disc in years. Plus- it's always so hard to pick your favorite songs that send just the right message. But since variety IS still the spice of life, why not get them a mix pack of our Staff Favorites - our 20 favorite jerky flavors - hand picked for them! Just leave the selection in our hands. Less pressure for you, and more enjoyment for them. A win-win! 

For those who love a keepsake: 

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Everybody appreciates a personal gift - something they can hang on to forever. But the old personalized picture frame/money clip/you-name-it has got to be the cheesiest Valentine's gift option out there. Does your special someone really need another mug with their name on it? This year - get them a different kind of keepsake - something they'll want to display year after year - but only after enjoying its contents. Enter our 16-pack exotic jerky ammo can gift set. Not only is it full of tasty morsels, when your love has consumed all the jerky they can display it proudly on a shelf or use it to hold their most treasured possessions. Or - maybe just use it as a spot to stash all those personalized gifts they're embarrassed by *wink wink*. 

It's getting hot in here! 

spicy-valentines

Some folks use Valentine's Day as a way to spice things up. This year's your chance to take that literally. Want to raise his temperature and make him sweat?  Our Valentine's hot and spicy gift bundle will do just that! His pulse will be racing when he tries our Sriracha, Habanero, and Cajun spiced jerky. And we know spicy foods release endorphins - so this might just be your hottest Valentine's date night yet! 

No matter what your gift-giving style, Jerky Dynasty's here to help you make Valentine's Day 2018 the most memorable one yet. We've said it before and we'll say it again - nothing says "I love you" quite like jerky. 

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Supporting our troops with Jerky!

Supporting our troops with Jerky!

Claire Patrick

When Veteran's Day rolls around every year, we find ourselves filled with gratitude toward all those who have honorably served in the military – in war time or peace time.  But we're not just thankful on November 11th - we take pleasure in shipping out military donations year round from our generous customers. 

We're not surprised that jerky is something the guys and gals serving our country really want in their care packages.  And we absolutely love putting extra sticks of jerky in those Ultimate Packs going overseas. It's the least we can do to say thanks for fighting for our freedom. And we love working with Any Soldier to get goodies into the hands of those who don't typically recieve much mail from home. 

We've been mulling over what more we could do to show our gratitude and we decided to launch a JERKY GIVEAWAY! Beginning today - through the end of the year (December 31st)- we're taking entries from Active Duty Military personnel to have the chance to win a year's supply of jerky! You'll be subscribed to our Jerky of the month club for all of 2018! That's a $360 value! 

What does America mean to you?

There are lots of ways to enter - what we really want to know is: what America/serving our country means to you. You can tag us in a brief tweet about your love for our country with the hashtag #JerkyDynastyUSA. Or post a photo of your squad on our facebook page.  Or write your heart out and email us your thoughts at jerkydynasty@gmail.com. We all know our country is in need of a little love - what a great way to spread it! 

Be sure and share the giveaway opportunity with others in your unit - you're family after all.  And we'd bet if they happen to win the year's supply they'd thank you by sharing their Jerky stash!  Win win, right?!? We're looking forward to reading your entries and seeing your photos. Good luck and godspeed! 






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Celebrate Oktoberfest Jerky Dynasty Style!

Celebrate Oktoberfest Jerky Dynasty Style!

Claire Patrick
Not one of the lucky 6 million people attending Oktoberfest in Munich this year?  Don't fret - with beer + jerky pairings, you can throw your own Oktoberfest bash faster than you can say Prost! 
So let's start with the basics - every Oktoberfest needs a traditional Oktoberfest Märzen! And Paulaner's Oktoberfest Märzen is one of the few beers officially served at Munich's celebration. With its nutty light roast and malt sweetness, it's a very smooth, balanced beer - ready to pair with almost any meat. We think it'd be especially great paired with our wild boar summer sausage or our very own Black Pepper Beef Jerky

Paulaner
If you're a fan of the lighter side of German beers, a Hefeweizen might be more your speed. Toast 'Zum Wohl' (To Your Health) with a Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier (if you're going legit) or a Live Oak Hefeweizen if you want to try Texas' answer to this popular German beer style. The clove, banana, and citrus flavors mingle well with a honey ham jerky stick, or you could try a pint with some Alaskan Salmon Jerky.  
Hefeweizen
How about the hoppier side? German beers don't tend to traditonally be too hop-forward, but Deschutes Hopzeit Autumn IPA melds the malt of a Märzenbier with the punch of several varieties of German grown hops (Herkules, Sterling and Hull Melon).  With this style of beer - something spicy works great. Try with our Hot & Spicy Beef Jerky, or play off the slight sweetness with some Honey Jalepeno Bacon jerky

Hopzeit

Whichever beer and jerky pairings you choose, don't forget the pretzels

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Fantasy Football Draft

Pigskin and Jerky = a winning combo for a winning season.

Claire Patrick
It's the most wonderful time of the year....nope - not Christmas. Football season. More specifically - it's fantasy draft time. And you're not the only one who's excited about it. 

According to the FSTA, approximately 57 million people play fantasy sports every year, and we're willing to bet that football is far and away the most popular.  And whether you've been doing it for your entire adulthood or just since you found The League so compelling, it's become a way of life.
Anchorman Fantasy Football
Whether you're a seasoned pro or a n00b,  you know the draft is serious business that shouldn't be done on an empty stomach.  You definitely shouldn't host or attend a draft party without the proper snacks. Who knows what could go down when your best friend drafts that sleeper pick you were holding out for? If you're hangry - you might say something you regret. 

We've got your solution - Jerky. And here are our top picks for your fantasy draft: 

#1 - FIRST PICK
Habanero Heatwave
Got the first draft pick? You may not know whether to choose David Johnson or Le'Veon Bell, but regardless - your team's gonna' be hot hot hot - like our Habanero Heatwave Jerky. Bring on the milk. 

#2 - MR. CREATIVE
There's always the guy who doesn't take himself too seriously, and comes up with a hilarious team name - like "Party Like a Gronk Star" or "Turn Down for Watt".  And his jerky of choice? Just as unique as he is creative.  If he's showing up, have some Alpaca or fish jerky on hand. He'll love you for it. 

#3 - THE FOOTBALLER
bacon jerky
This guy lives and breathes the sport. He played in high school and maybe even in college. The pigskin calls his name, and he's been working on spreadsheets for months in preparation for fantasy draft day. Why not please his palate with pork

We're pretty sure nothing goes better with football than jerky. Whether you're mourning Ezekiel Elliot's pending suspension or psyched to get Jamaal Williams or Kareem Hunt as your RB, start this fantasy season off right. Make this year's draft memorable with Jerky. 

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10 reasons Jerky is the best snack for your summer roadtrip

10 reasons Jerky is the best snack for your summer roadtrip

Claire Patrick

We're about halfway through summer, but there's still plenty of time for an epic getaway. Whether you're driving cross-country or just getting outside the city for a weekend, you won't want to hit the road without snacks.  And we'd like to tell you why jerky's the best choice to fuel your drive. 

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10 Reasons Jerky Rules for Roadtrips: 

  1. You're gonna' get sick of fast food french fries. 
  2. Jerky won't melt all over your upholstery, unlike chocolate.Chocolatey car mess
  3. Need a moment of quiet in the car? Jerky takes a while to chew, so it'll keep your traveling companions' mouths busy. 
  4. Gas station snacks just don't deliver. And boy are they overpriced! 
  5. It's full of protein to keep you from getting hangry.
  6. Sodium helps prevent dehydration - so you can drink less and make fewer stops! 
  7. There's nothing better than eating meat at 70mph! 
  8.  You can match your meat to your destination. Going to Louisiana? How 'bout some Cajun Alligator?
  9. Jerky sticks are a great space saver if you're packing light. 
  10. EVERYBODY loves jerky! 

Ten reasons not enough to make jerky your go-to roadtrip snack? We'll give you one more. Use code ROADTRIPPIN17 at checkout for 10% off! (Good through 8/15/2017). 

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Celebrating Dad in Style

Celebrating Dad in Style

Claire Patrick

Dads are worth celebrating. At least Richard Nixon thought so when he made Father's Day a national holiday in 1972. And when it comes to Father's Day, folks across the globe have all sorts of traditions. In Thailand,  dads get Canna Lilies, and apparently in Germany, men load up wagons of beer and liqour and pull them into the woods. Here in the U.S. it varies - Dad might recieve a card, the traditional necktie, or a new tool. Or if you've accepted Jimmy Kimmel's Father's Day challenge, a big surprise. 

But the biggest surprise of all for your pops might be doing something a little different this year. Something that he can enjoy for days, weeks, months to come. Something he can brag to his buddies about. You guessed it - Jerky. 

Skip the tie, go for Jerky!

Apparently only the cool kids are doing it. If you're crafty in the kitchen you can follow in the footsteps of the likes of Gronk and Richard Sherman.  They're giving their dads jerky neckties. What's even better than a necktie? An ammo can filled with his favorite snack that he can display proudly in his office, or possibly some alcohol jerky to enjoy with his friends. We've got a whole page of our store dedicated to the perfect Father's Day gift, and you can't go wrong with any of our options. 

Here's hoping all the dads out there feel really special this year. If you think your kids need a hint on what to get you, feel free to email them this blog post. You won't regret it. 

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Love, Marriage, and Jerky

Love, Marriage, and Jerky

Claire Patrick

Planning your summer nuptials? You’re not the only one. The summer months are incredibly popular for weddings. While fall weddings are gaining popularity, 13% of all weddings happen in June

wedding rings

Why June? Perhaps you picked June because you’re a fan of mid-century-musicals, and “They say when you marry in June you’re a bride all your life, and the bridegroom who married in June gets a sweetheart for a wife.” Or maybe you’re a history buff, and follow the Celtic calendar, or wanted to marry in the month named after Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage and childbirth. Obscure trivia your guide to life? How’s the “great unwashed” for a reason? There’s a chance you might simply want to walk the aisle in June because it’s your summer vacation, or the right flowers are in bloom.

Regardless of your reason, we’re here to help - no matter what side of the shindig you’re on.

If you’ll be the ones exchanging vows this summer, we’ve venture to guess you’ve got your best friends or family backing you up at the alter. You know - those folks that planned everything from wedding showers to bachelor/ette parties for you? They deserve a little thanks. And that’s where we come in. We’ve got an entire landing page of goodies that make great groomsmen gifts. If you’re a bride, your best gals might like some protein to keep their knees from shaking on the big day - maybe some summer sausage for that wine and cheese board in the bridal suite?  

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Maybe you’re the best man? Nothing saves a bachelor party like alcohol...jerky. Or get the groom a gift he can use to decorate the man cave in his new shared digs - an ammo can filled with snacks

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Or you could be the perpetual wedding guest - the one with 15 different wedding invitations and save the dates on your fridge. Tired of hitting up the ‘Triple B Box Store’ and looking at registries? Skip the pots, pans, and linens and get the happy couple something they’ll remember - a subscription to our Exotic Jerky of the Month Club! And when your turn rolls around, we’ll be here suggesting your wedding guests to do the same!

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Get that beach body with beef jerky!

Get that beach body with beef jerky!

Claire Patrick

If you’re counting down the calendar days ‘til summer, we’ve got about 8 weeks left - technically. But we all know summer begins long before the solstice. And with pool parties, lake outings and beach vacations on the horizon, being ready for swimsuit season has surely crossed your mind, if not taken priority. According to a survey by Planet Fitness, 33% of Americans would rather go to the dentist than don a swimsuit.

Swimsuit

Regardless of whether you’re only mildly panicked or having a full blown freakout, we’ve got your back. There’s no need to do a drastic cleanse or a trendy diet. Just change the way you’re snacking!

Jerky is both high in protein and low in calories - which means it will keep you full for longer. It also won’t raise your insulin levels—a hormone that signals your body to store fat. Jerky makes a great snack between meals, especially if you’re trying to lose weight.

Does dreaming of the beach have you spending more time in the gym? A study published in The FASEB Journal showed that doubling your protein intake along with exercise may be the key to losing fat pounds without dropping muscle mass. And an added bonus? Our jerky sticks and snack packs are just the right size to toss in your gym bag.

Consider yourself a pescatarian? Not a problem - we’ve got several fish jerky options to tide you over ‘til the tide rolls in. Road tripping to the ocean? Why stop for fast food burgers when you’ve got protein in your purse, sans all the grease. And honestly, when you’re on the beach with your toes in the sand and jerky in your hand, you’ll be content whether or not you hit your goal weight. But as long as there’s still time and you’re still trying to shed those pounds, we’ve got your snacking regimen covered.

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Jerky Dynasty Brand Jerky: Behind the Scenes

Jerky Dynasty Brand Jerky: Behind the Scenes

Claire Patrick

In case you hadn’t noticed, we’ve got our own house brand of old fashioned jerky now, and we think it’s awesome. If you’re reading our blog, we know you love jerky, but do you know how it’s made? The process and ingredients can vary from one manufacturer to another, so we thought we’d fill you in a bit on how our house brand gets from the cow to your doorstep.

Good food always begins with good ingredients. In our old fashioned jerky, we only use the round of the meat sliced a very particular way. The quality starts here – we aren’t using processed or reconstructed meat to make our pride and joy. 

Jerky on RackEach piece is sliced in a specific direction at a consistent thickness – calculated to optimize both tenderness and flavor. And the good ingredients continue as the meat marinades in the freshest spices we can find – no artificial seasonings (or smoke flavoring) in our high quality meat.

After it is marinated every piece is inspected by the staff to guarantee consistency and quality at the skewering stage.

This is when the raw meat is laid over stainless steel rods in preparation for smoking and drying. Slices are properly spaced to allow hot air and smoke to penetrate from all angles. Each rod is hung on a rolling rack which is then taken to its own individual closed smoking chamber.

Inside the closed smokehouse, a blend of a variety of wood chips soaked in water burn slowly smoking the meat, and the jerky cooks slowly at a very low heat. Over the course of 5-7 hours in the smokehouse, the circulated warm air dries out and cures the meat. And the smoke infuses the flavor.

Jerky in the Smokehouse

Thickness is measured, strips are cut, and weight is measured before packaging. And once again, every piece of jerky is again meticulously inspected by staff. Before the jerky reaches the bag, each individual pouch is flushed with nitrogen, - because oxygen is fresh food’s worst enemy. Each bag is then filled with an oxygen absorbing package to further promote freshness, and receives the jerky. It then gets sealed, boxed, and shipped to us – so we can get it in your hands as quickly as possible!

Packaging

Our Jerky is made in the USA, and you may have noticed its shelf life is shorter than some other brands you may have purchased – that’s because it isn’t overly preserved with harmful chemicals. Plus, it’s so good it won’t last long in your pantry anyway. Don’t believe us? Order some today!

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