About two weeks ago I was afforded the opportunity to try a beef jerky snack that I had never even heard of prior, Perky Jerky. Now, being a guy of generous proportions, I have enjoyed some beef jerky in my day. My friend Derick and I even bought some from a stand on the side of the road in rural Tennessee once upon a time. But, in my efforts to try to eat a little healthier and take better care of myself, I have abstained from all dried and packaged meat snacks. That period of abstinence is now over.
Rather than paraphrase the background of Perky Jerky, I was just use their own words so you can get an idea why this is a different sort of company. Their story is as follows:
Our story – like most good stories – begins with two Jerks in a ski lodge. After a long, hard night of energy-drink-cocktail-fueled libation, these jerks settled in while the winter storm raged outside. The next morning they awoke, loaded up their gear, and headed out to the mountain. Amongst this gear was an open bag of peppered beef jerky, which had, unfortunately became drenched in some of he energy drink that had been carelessly spilled the night before. On the first lift up, it made no difference. To these jerks, jerky was the only breakfast they needed, altered or not. Much to their delight, the jerky had retained its original flavor, but was more tender by the accident. What’s more, as they floated their way down the mountain through bottomless powder, they realized they’d been given an extra boost – the jerky had taken on some of the pep of the energy drink. On the next lift ride up, the greatest innovation in jerky since cracked pepper was born. Since then, these Jerks developed a very sophisticated process for making Perky Jerky. The result? Just the best tasting, most tender jerky around. The bonus? Perky Jerky is now the ultimate snack to get you up the mountain, down the slope, or off on whatever adventure you decide.
After reading that, I was even more excited to give Perky Jerky a try. These two guys would have fit in with my fraternity quite well, I am sure.
Perky Jerky is an all natural, gluten-free snack, with no nitrates, preservatives, or added MSG. The marinade for Perky Jerky consists of seven natural ingredients, with Guarana helping with the tenderness, providing a little flavor, and adding that boost to Perky Jerky that you would expect from an energy drink. The result is a snack high in protein, low in carbohydrates and fat, and all while coming in under 100 calories per serving!
Perky Jerky sent me two samples to try, their regular beef jerky, and their turkey variety. I could not wait to try both, and let’s just say that the samples were not long for this world! In two days time I devoured both samples throughout the course of the day. Day one I tried the beef jerky and day two I tried the turkey jerky. Honestly, I could barely tell a difference in taste between the two which is a great testament to the flavor of the marinade. Both had tons of flavor, and were noticeably more tender than traditional beef jerky. Honestly, I did not notice a significant boost in energy, but I usually do not from these sort of things. I will say unequivocally, I will be purchasing Perky Jerky in the future.
Perky Jerky has a total of eight flavors available, and I will sample them all to determine my favorite, I am sure. The flavors are Original, Hot & Bothered, Teriyaki, and Sweet & Spicy. The reason they advertise eight flavors is because these four flavors are available in both the beef and turkey varieties of Perky Jerky.
And if the taste, tenderness, and energy boost Perky Jerky provides did not convince you, consider the next positive for Perky Jerky. A portion of their proceeds from the sale of Perky Jerky is used to help support the fight against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The owners have a personal connection to this disease and an intense desire to do whatever they can to fight it.
I also have two side notes on Perky Jerky. One, it amuses me that Home Depot and Best Buy are two of the select retailers for Perky Jerky. Two, I love following their Facebook page. They have several giveaways on there and they definitely seem to have fun with what they are doing.