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Jerky was a form of preserving meat that the Quecha Indians, a South American native tribe, originally from the ancient Inca empire, used as far back as 1550. They called it charqui, which literally translates into "dried meat". The Spanish Conquistadors realized this was a great way to preserve meat. They called it Char'qui. When they arrived in North America, they found the native Americans also drying meat to preserve it. The name char'qui eventually became "jerky". Jerky allowed people to be able to store meat and then consume a high protein source when food was scarce. The early pioneers and cowboys came to rely on jerky as a main staple of their diet. Soon, various spices were added to enhance the flavors. Today, many flavors, meats and styles of jerky are produced for one of the world's most popular snacks. 

Jerky is the original fast food, slow cooked and hickory smoked for a great tasting treat. Jerky is a beloved dried snack for campers, hunters and folks who just need a savory, healthy high protein snack. Great for shipping to far away places or just across town. Eat as a snack or in between meals, also a great gift giving idea for dad or kids.

The Hermann Wurst Haus produces four awesome flavors, vacuum packed in 3 oz. packages. $4.99 plus shipping:

  • Hickory Smoked Original Beef Jerky
  • BBQ Flavored Beef Jerky
  • Hickory Smoked Sweet & Sassy Jerky
  • Smoked Peppered Beef Jerky

Try our variety pack which includes 3 packages (3 oz. each) of 3 flavors; $14.97 plus shipping:

  • Hickory Smoked Original Beef Jerky
  • BBQ Flavored Beef Jerky
  • Hickory Smoked Sweet & Sassy Jerky

Jerky is great for long road trips, camping, hunting, after school, winery hopping and anytime you need a satisfying savory snack. Order a package of each flavor and keep one in your car, pantry and desk drawer. 

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