New Year's Resolutions made easier with Jerky!

New Year's Resolutions made easier with Jerky!

Claire Patrick

It's that time of year again...when we make a list of goals we're beholden to for the next 365 days. Some years we go easy on ourselves, and sometimes it's a real challenge. This year, our resolution is to make YOUR goals easier to meet - with - you guessed it - JERKY.  You may be wondering how jerky can possibly relate to your 2018 resolutions. We think you'l be pleasantly surprised. 

Resolution #1: Take your vitamins.

vitamins

Sometimes pills can be hard to swallow. So chew on this instead: Jerky is chock full of vitamins! Beef Jerky is an excellent source for minerals like iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and zinc! Low on B-12? Jerky's got you covered there as well - plus with several other B vitamins!  Has your doc told you to increase your Omega 3 intake? Our Alaskan Salmon Jerky is a great source of Omega 3s! So - skip the pills and eat some meat. You earned it. 

Resolution #2: Hit the gym. 

Gym Workout
If you're gonna' work out - you're gonna' need protein.  Whether you've jumped on the Crossfit bandwagon and want to go Paleo, or just want to make sure your muscles are getting the stuff they need to repair, Jerky's got your back. Your average post-workout snack should have anywhere from 10-20 grams of protein - which means you just need to eat 2-3 pieces of our very own old fashioned jerky to do the trick.  Filling your gym bag with our gourmet jerky is a great way to stay motivated - what better reward for a workout? 

Resolution #3: Be more romantic. 

Exotic Meat Bouquet

We've got three little words for you that will go a LONG way: Exotic Meat Bouquet. Nothing says "I love you" quite like jerky, and we're pretty sure this gift (and one of our newest offerings) would turn your favorite guy into putty in your hands. Is your #1 relationship goal this year to add a little sizzle? Spice things up with our Hot and Spicy gift bundle! We promise, you won't regret it. 

Resolution #4: Try something new. 

Try Something New

You may be one of those folks who was more than ready to shrug off 2017 and dive right in with a different approach to 2018. One good way to get out of a rut is always to try something new. And boy - do we have options! Never tasted snake or ostrich jerky? This is your year! When it comes to new and unique flavors to tantalize your tastebuds, our Jerky runs the gamut. 

There you have it. You've got no excuses. This year's gonna' be the year you tackle all your resolutions - cross them off your list. We've got your back. Here's to 2018! 

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The official Jerky Dynasty Holiday Gift Guide!

The official Jerky Dynasty Holiday Gift Guide!

Claire Patrick

There's just 11 days left 'til Christmas. We know some of you have your trees trimmed and gifts wrapped - but then there's always the others - the procrastinators, the too-busy-with-work, the perfectionists who want to give NOTHING but the best. So we thought we'd write up a little Christmas gift guide for those of you who need a little push in the right direction. 

For the Culinary Mastermind: 
Chef Santa

For those in your life who love spending time in the kitchen, or who know how to rock a charcuterie board, they'd be stoked to get some of our perfectly themed Spicy Reindeer Sausage in their stocking. Want to go a bit bigger? Our Summer Sausage gift pack will come in handy when they're hosting this year's New Year's Eve party - or they can keep it all for themselves! We've got a great collection of spices & rubs to choose from too! 

For the Outdoorsman: 
Santa Fishing

Does your gift recipient love nothing more than being out in nature? This Christmas, stock them with plenty of snacks for their upcoming adventures. Does your loved one love to fish? We've got a variety of Fish Jerky - perfect for the avid angler.  More of the hiking/trekking type? We've got plenty of snack packs of all the essentials for that next backpacking trip! 

For the Alcohol Aficionado: 
Santa Enjoying a Beer

Know someone who's a connoisseur of cocktails, wine, and beer? We've got the perfect gift for them! Our Alcohol Jerky is the way to go! You can buy it in a delicious Six Pack, or pick your poison - be it Tequila, Pinot Noir or a nice Dark Ale

Hope our little roundup sends you in the right direction. We're pretty sure it will. And, at any rate, we're pretty sure Santa would appreciate some jerky on his plate - skip the cookies - this year. And honestly, when it comes to giving the gift of Jerky, you can't really go wrong. 

Can't quite decide what to get? Or shopping REALLY last minute? There's always Gift Cards

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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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Jerky and Collegiate Football make an excellent pairing

Jerky and Collegiate Football make an excellent pairing

Claire Patrick

Raise your hand if you've ever watched a college football matchup without snacks. That's what we thought. Jerky is a game day staple - but have you considered WHAT jerky you'll be eating when your team is playing their rivals? 

We've matched up some of our favorite jerky snacks with college mascots. Perhaps you'll want to chow down on the opposing team's mascot - or maybe your good luck charm is sticking with meat from your own team. Whatever your style - we've got 6 pairings to get you through your next game day house party! 

Colorado Buffaloes

CU Buffalo Jerky

The CU Buffaloes came from behind and squeaked past the Oregon State Beavers last week, and they're up against Washington State this Saturday in what could be a nail-biter after they finally broke their losing streak. Instead of munching those fingernails, CU fans should pick up some of the best Buffalo Jerky out there. Our Jackson Hole Buffalo Jerky is 100% buffalo - no fillers. Which is exactly what you want from your team. 

Florida Gators

Florida Gator Jerky

With a 3-3 record following their loss to the Aggies, and fans blaming offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, a bye week might be just what this team needs. And it gives Coach McElwain some time to hit the recruiting trail.  Perhaps he should stock up on Alligator jerky to pass out to potential recruits!

Oregon Ducks

Oregon Ducks Jerky

The Ducks were going strong this year until QB Justin Herbert broke his collarbone in their win over Cal. With a true freshman, Braxton Burmeister as their only hope for redemption and a shot at being bowl elligible, the Oregon staff is doing everything in it's power to get the replacement QB up to speed. Maybe they should try feeding him Duck jerky. If it quacks like a duck....

Arkansas Razorbacks

Arkansas Razorback Jerky

More QB struggles abound in Arkansas, where Austin Allen's shoulder injury seems to be keeping him down. The team is placing their hopes in Cole Kelly, and crossing their fingers Allen will be back to go whole hog in their 64th matchup against Ole Miss on October 28th. And we're pretty sure our Wild Boar sausage could bring anyone back to health. Or at least feed the guests watching the game at your place - and keep 'em from yelling (too much) at the screen.

Texas Longhorns

Texas Longhorn Jerky

After a devestatingly close game (and ultimately loss) against OU, the Longhorns needed something to spice things up a bit. And wouldn't you know - that's when DeShon Elliott was named Sporting News' Midseason All-American. Still holding on to their #2 ranking in the Big 12, they just need keep bringing the heat - kinda' like our Hot & Spicy Beef Jerky. Bevo would approve. 

Akron Zips 

Akron Zips Kangaroo Jerky

Maybe the Mid American Conference isn't on your radar, but if the University of Akron is bold enough to make their mascot a Kangaroo, perhaps it should be. They're ranked #1 in MAC East and fresh off a post-flooding rainy day win vs Western Michigan. And did we say their mascot is a KANGAROO? That's #winning in our book. Fans should go bonkers over our exotic Kangaroo jerky

Regardless of which team you root for (or against) - we can all agree on one thing. Jerky and football are a winning combination. 

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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. 

RoadTrip

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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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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Beer & Jerky Pairings for your St. Patty’s Day shindig

Claire Patrick

Have plans to be Irish for a day on March 17th this year? Whether you’re determined to wear (and drink) green, or avoiding the St. Patrick’s Day party, we’ve got some beer and jerky pairings we think you’ll love!

Go green or go home:

We’re not sure where the green beer tradition started, but we’re pretty sure it’s an American thing. If you’re making green beer to toast your heritage, you’re gonna’ want to start with a beer that’s light in color (but not low on taste). 2 drops of green food coloring should do the trick. And of course, you’ll need some Jerky to go with your festive beverage.

The yellow coloring of a light lager or Pilsner lends itself to turning green. And your Heineken, Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils, or your Lagunitas Pils would go great with the lighter side of Jerky - like any of our fish jerky varieties!

More of a Pale Ale drinker? Try your Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Deschutes Mirror Pond, or Ballast Point Grunion with something with a little kick, like Jeff’s Famous Habanero Heat Wave or our very own Jerky Dynasty Hot & Spicy. Let’s get this St. Patty’s party started!

Ye olde Irish Standards:

Green beer not your thing? Rather stick with something more traditional, perhaps a dry Irish stout? Whether it’s the old standby - Guinness, a Dry Irish Stout from Brooklyn Brewery, or a Bearded Seal from Pinthouse Pizza in Austin, TX  - the high carbohydrate level in stout helps to bring out the flavor in the jerky. Pair it with Buffalo Bob’s BBQ Wild Boar - Or Honey BBQ Old Fashioned Elk - The roasty notes of the stout provide a great flavor to accompany the sweetness of the BBQ taste.

No matter your beer style preference, you can’t really go wrong pairing any beer with ANY jerky. It’s just a tried and true combo. And regardless of your heritage or celebratory status, we hope you have a happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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