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 Best Product
of 2012

Habanero Jerky: Extra Hot & Spicy

 Awarded December, 2012 with the highest,

Best Beef Jerky

Pacific Red Hot Chili Pepper

BEST Five Star Rating
Pacific Red Hot Chili Pepper

Pacific Red Hot Chili Pepper Flavor

: BEST: “This Pacific Red Hot Chili Pepper beef jerky from Jeff's Famous Jerky dishes out a very delicious flavor of the Donne Sali pepper… We love jerky that can assault the palate on all levels, and this seems to do it. The sweet, tangy, spicy, salty, and savory components are all there with a medium level of heat, and in a semi-moist, easy to chew, style.  I'm giving this a best rating.” 
     2/10/14 -Best Beef Jerky Reviews


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"So gourmet it’s a life changer;  …soft, juicy, all the flavor, A+
  -Lippy Lipman, The Tequila Whisperer, December, 2012

Lippy Lipman, The Tequila Whisperer

Editor's Choice,
March, 2013

Orange Beef Jerky


"Highly recommended ...I had no idea how much I loved beef jerky until I tried Jeff's Famous Beef Jerky." 
Fancy Food Magazine Blog, March 2013
Elizabeth Duncan, Editor
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Article: The Jerky Revolution... Think Tasty Not Chewy

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"Forget tough, processed beef jerky - Jeff's Famous Jerky is tender and tasty and worth seeking out."

-Larry Olmsted, Lifestyle Writer for Forbes

America's Greatest Jerky
64 Brand Tasting Tournament

"We decided to settle it once and for all (kinda) and gather the most popular beef jerky from around the U.S. and host a 64 jerky, bracket style, single-elimination tasting tournament to crown America’s greatest jerky." -CampingGearTV

WE WON!!!!!!!! America's Greatest Jerky!

Our own Black Pepper and Sea Salt flavor WINS the America's Greatest Jerky Championship!  VIEW the final video below:

Our own Black Pepper and Sea Salt flavor moves into the final two for the America's Greatest Jerky Championship!  VIEW the final-four competition video below:

Jeff's Famous Jerky had two flavors in the top four rankings... View the video clips to see for yourself.

TWO of Our Flavors Were 
in the TOP FOUR Ranking:

Black Pepper and Sea Salt moves into the FINAL Championship Round of the Top Two Flavors: 4/8/11

Orange-A-Peel flavor also moves into top four group ranking: 4/7/11


TOP FOUR Favorite Brand of Original Flavor:
"...Unique flavor. Never tasted jerky like this before..."
-Field & Stream staff, Aug 2010
"Our goal was the find the best “brand” of jerky."


Best Beef Jerky

BEST Five Star Rating

February 7, 2011, Professional Beef Jerky Reviews
by Steve Johnson: 

: BEST: Orange-A-Peel

This Orange-A-Peel variety from Jeff's Gourmet Jerky seems to deliver on its namesake… this jerky has a well-balanced flavor, giving a saucy marinade, with a sweet, tangy, fruity body, a light pungent orange zest to contrast that body, and a light spiciness to perk things up a bit…. the meat consistency seems great, easy to eat, semi-moist, but still chews like eating a real steak.

 I give this a BEST rating.”
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Orange-A-Peel Jerky; Jeff's Gourmet Jerky
Orange-A-Peel: Close Up View

Best Beef Jerky

BEST Five Star Rating
Black Pepper and Sea Salt

July 31, 2010, Professional Beef Jerky Reviews
by Steve Johnson: 

Rating: BEST: Black Pepper and Sea Salt

“…It's really the marinade and flavorings that makes this jerky so enjoyable. The spiciness is not so much heat, but just a bold set of seasonings that might build up some heat if you're not used to spicy foods. Add to that a light natural meat flavor with a touch of fatty flavor, along with a semi-moist, steak-like chewing, and it seems to create a lot of snackability for me… I give this a BEST rating.”  Read the Full Review Here

Gourmet Jerky: Black Pepper and Sea Salt
Black Pepper and Salt: Close Up View

Best Beef Jerky

BEST Five Star Rating
Jalapeno Carne Asada

October 12, 2010, Professional Beef Jerky Reviews
by Steve Johnson: 

Rating: BEST: Jalapeno Carne Asada

“…This Jalapeno Carne Asada variety from Jeff's Gourmet Jerky knocks out a great tasting carne asada flavor, with a tasty, saucy marinade and a very tangy, citrus-like chewing flavor. …Overall, I find this Jalapeno Carne Asada comparable to Jeff's Original variety, but with more tanginess, more seasonings, and even a light splash of chile pepper flavor and heat. I gave his Original variety a Best rating, and it seems this Jalapeno Carne Asada takes that Original to a higher level of meat snacking enjoyment." Read the Full Review Here

Jalapeno Carne Asada: Close Up View

Best Beef Jerky

BEST Five Star Rating
Old Fashioned Original

May 25, 2010, Professional Beef Jerky Reviews by Steve Johnson: 
Best Jerky:
Jeff's Gourmet Jerky, Old Fashioned Original Flavor

Rating: Five Star
Best Jerky: 
“Overall, it's a very flavorful jerky with a good deal of flavor … much better flavor and meat consistency …than what you pay for in major brands of jerky in grocery stores.... a decent value ...alot of snackability.”   READ Full Review Here

Gourmet Beef Jerky: Jeff's Gourmet Jerky -Original
Old Fashioned Original: Close Up View


Best Beef Jerky

Honey Jalapeno
Real Bacon Jerky

BEST Five Star Rating


Bacon Jerky: Jeff's Famous Bacon Jerky Honey Jalapeno
Honey Jalapeno Real Bacon Jerky


: BEST:   3/27/13

“… offers a better overall bacon flavor and seasonings than other gourmet brands of bacon jerky.  This Honey Jalapeno Bacon Jerky from Jeff's Famous Jerky packs a lot of flavor in the form of sweet honey with good ol' classic American bacon and a touch of jalapeno heat.  it's not overly greasy, and actually does have a light bit of crisp to it when biting.   You could certainly snack your way into a few bags of this jerky before you'd know it. I give this a BEST rating."

Best Beef Jerky

Best Beef Jerky

BEST Five Star Rating

Habanero Heatwave ...Extra Hot & Spicy

Rating: BEST:   4/10/12

“…Overall, it's quite what I've come to expect from Jeff's Famous Jerky, brimming with flavor, and well rounded with the sweet, heat, tangy, salty, and savory…. like chewing real meat, similar to a well-marbleized piece of rib-eye ... the meat consistency is remarkable, being quite tender, soft and semi-moist, producing bursts of flavors with each chew…. packs a enough heat to make it enjoyable for chile-heads.  I give this a BEST rating."

Best Beef Jerky

BEST Five Star Rating
Cajun Style 

Cajun Medium Hot 

: BEST: "...Lives up to its advertised flavor with a sweetened chili sauce flavor mixed with worcestershire, combining the sweet & hot with a steakhouse flavor that I found very delicious. There's even a light bit of tanginess in the chewing that created some eye-opening chewing enjoyment. …A jerky intended for hot food lovers, dishing up enough heat to warm up your bloodstream without scalding you too much, thereby allowing you to continue feeding your face with endless jerky madness.
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Cajun Jerky

Cajun Hot & Spicy Gourmet Jerky
Cajun Hot & Spicy: Close Up View

"Jeff’s Gourmet Jerkylives up to its billing and more by kicking the cr**p out of most stuff you find in stores. …The flavor was, in a word, ridiculously freaking good. Most of the time a store brand jerky will hit you with an overpowering brown sugar sweetness and/or excessive saltiness, but the flavor notes in Jeff’s Gourmet Jerky were more complex than any “regular” flavor jerky I’ve ever had. …its terribly addictive and damn good."  October, 2010 Professional Review.  Read more here.


Editor's Pick:

-Editor's Pick:, July, 2010

Former restaurant owner and food-loving entrepreneur Jeff Richards began making jerky some years ago as a tasty, healthful holiday gift for family and friends.  When these lucky recipients began sharing with their friends and acquaintances, he began getting requests for more and the idea of starting a company took shape.  After three years in development, Jeff has launched "Jeff's Gourmet Jerky," and the product really lives up to the name.  Made with premium beef that has been marinated and slow-cooked,

Jeff's Gourmet Jerky has a texture superior to any other we've tried. This jerky retains a little moisture, resulting in a texture that's on the tender side - not the rawhide-like challenge to your teeth and jaws that so many other brands have.

In addition, the various flavors are intense without being overpowering - like a well-seasoned steak. We sampled all but one of the available varieties.

The Old Fashioned Original flavor is marinated with Jeff's special spice mixture, resulting in a classic jerky flavor that is well-balanced, not too salty and intensely beefy.

The Sweet Teriyaki gets it's flavor from a pungent pineapple marinade. If you enjoy the sweet-spicy flavors of teriyaki beef, you'll find this variety to be ideal for snacking.

The Black Pepper and Sea Salt (our personal favorite) is a perfect balance of rich beef flavor, fragrant black pepper and despite the name, a subtle saltiness. The black pepper is just strong enough to add a moderate amount of heat without taking over your taste buds.

The Jalapeño Carne Asada is the newest addition to Jeff's flavor assortment. Like the other varieties, the beef flavor is rich and meaty and the seasoning ends up being a perfect accent, not the predominant flavor. The jalapeño pepper is notable and retains some fresh pepper quality.




Gourmet Beef Jerky, America's Favorite Snack Food!

Every now and then I get a box of something in the mail to review that makes me happy to be a food blogger. I can tell you without a doubt that beef jerky is one of those “somethings” that makes me happy! It really helps that Jeff’s Gourmet Jerky is a particularly high quality product and definitely in my top three favorite brands.

In my packet there were four flavors to review and wanting to give this product the time to properly appreciate the nuances a good jerky can present, I thought I might taste it a little at a time so I packed the golden pouches into my briefcase and off I went.  As a result this jerky has been doing a bit of traveling with me. We have had wonderful journey together but alas today it must end.

Old Fashioned Original:
Original to me means this is where it all started, so naturally this is where we will start. Upon opening the packet you will notice the distinct beefy aroma. It reminds me of the smell of a steak being seared in a hot cast iron pan. Then the Worcestershire sauce and smoke come out, it’s like being next to the grill while someone is cooking the steaks for dinner and they just brushed on some steak sauce.

Beef, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, chili sauce, spice, natural smoke flavoring.

Visually this jerky looks very nice, thick slices of meat, cut against the grain with just a little marbling. There is no visible silver skin or gristle and much to my eating enjoyment I did not find any hidden while chewing. The meat is moist and has a nice chewy texture that holds together. It never crumbles or gets mushy in your mouth. It also breaks down nicely while you’re eating it so you do not develop giant body builder cheek muscles as you try to chomp it down.

The flavor is very steak like, especially when you hit the tiny bits of fat that appear on some pieces. It’s very beefy up front with a sweet forward tone and a tangy saucy finish. The chili flavor does not come in until you have finished the piece in your mouth. If you can wait before you jam the next piece in you will notice the slight warm glow on the back and sides of your tongue. If you can’t wait to get the next piece in your mouth you might just have to wait until the bag is empty to experience this sensation.

Black Pepper & Sea Salt:
To the cracked black pepper fan, this is a visually exciting bag of jerky. The thick slices of beef are crusted with course black pepper and small fleck of red chile. I don’t see any sea salt on the pieces but there is definitely a salty element to the jerky. The aroma is very similar to that of the Original flavor and surprisingly the pepper does not come out, in the old sniff test.


Beef, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, chili sauce, natural smoke flavoring, sea salt, spice, pepper, vinegar.

Like the Original flavor, the Black Pepper & Sea Salt variety is quite tender. In fact I think the slices in this flavor are even more moist than the Original and have a sticky feel to the outside of them.

The marinade seems to come through more, hiding some of the beefy, steak, flavors. The black pepper is very noticeable visually and in texture, but the marinade holds the peppery flavor back until you finish the slice that you are working on. As you work through the bag the black pepper flavor builds up on your tongue and floods your mouth as your lips develop a slight peppery warmth.

Sweet Teriyaki:
The Sweet Teriyaki flavor had the most dense slices of the four flavors we sampled. The teriyaki flavor was certainly sweet as promised, and this was sure to make it a favorite of the kids who were certain to avoid the Black Pepper flavor. The slices were dark and the sweetness gave the meat a richer mouth feel than the other flavors. While I personally prefer a more vibrant variety of teriyaki flavor, I am not really a big teriyaki fan and the others gladly devoured the remainder of the bag in minutes.


Beef, soy sauce, sugar, pineapple juice, chili sauce, vinegar, spices, sesame oil.

The Teriyaki strips seemed to have more chewiness and I can’t be sure if that is result of the process, the marinade or if it was just the luck of the cut. In any event the tougher chew was not a bad thing, just different than the others we sampled.

The marinade was tangy and sweet and the ginger and soy flavors were present in the finish. The sesame oil in the ingredient list did not come out while eating, but a hint of sesame was left lingering. While this was an enjoyable jerky, the bag says intense flavor and I’m not sure that was achieved here.

Jalapeno Carne Asada – Hot & Spicy
This pouch had me intrigued. It came in a smaller packet, no label, no ingredients, and the flavor was written in sharpie! I’m thinking pre production sample or perhaps a short run test flavor. Just the kind of stuff I love!

I tear open the top and shove my nose in the bag and inhale… Chiles! Jalapeno pepper to be exact. Oh how I love that smell. This flavor has a drier appearance and is coated in a powdery spice.  I can only assume carne asada seasoning, since I have no ingredient list for this flavor. When I bite into the slice, the spices become a bit sticky and the meat takes on an odd texture. It is however my second favorite flavor after the Original. The spiciness is at that addicting level where you have to keep eating it, and the jalapeno keeps me wanting more. I’m a bit of a chile-head so I’m not sure I would consider this Hot and spicy, but you will be happy to know my associate found it too hot for her taste and returned the half eaten piece to me. So it’s safe to assume it is spicy at the least.

Overall, Jeff’s Gourmet Jerky is a great choice for your snacking enjoyment. It sells on their site for $13.95 for two 3oz bags. Jeff's Gourmet uses premium cuts of beef in original fusion marinades that are slow cooked. Jeff’s mission is to make you the highest quality, most intense flavor and simply the best beef jerky available anywhere.  Get a couple of bag of Jeff’s Gourmet Jerky and check them out for yourself!


                             Beef Jerky International Shipping for Personal Consumption

We can send Jeff’s Famous Jerky almost anywhere however there are a few countries that do not allow delivery of beef jerky from the United States. Most countries do allow USDA inspected jerky to be delivered, but there is some risk involved for international export; it often depends upon the discretion of the customs officer, so order at your own risk.  International packages are not returned to us.  We cannot be responsible for a package that is refused by customs.  We have international customers who order frequently, and only occasionally have an issue with one delivery; just know there is risk involved with any international order.  Expect that international jerky shipping does cost more than shipping in the United States and generally can take 2-4 weeks to arrive.

  • The United Kingdom is sometimes enforcing a new European Union law. Your package could be refused entry, so order at your own risk.
  • These countries presently do not allow any entry of beef jerky from the USA; Germany, Japan, Finland, Australia and New Zealand.

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