I have been making jerky for over 20 years now. My mom was the one who actually taught me. When I was a kid, she would bring out her little dehydrator and whip up a marinade and bam... Jerky. It was like magic to me.
As a young adult, I was making jerky for myself to enjoy. I would bring it to eat while I bowled at Oak Tree Lanes in Diamond Bar, CA. I would bust out a little quart size bag of jerky and snack on it while I bowled. But every time I would go up to bowl, my friends would attack that bag like a bunch of vultures!! I would get angry, because jerky takes tons of time to make and isn't cheap. I would tell them to step off!! They responded, "We'll buy some, just bring us our own bags." That was the beginning of JERK Jerky.
Fast forward 20 years... I worked as a Computer Teacher for a K-8 school for a few years. I thought I would be a Computer Teacher for the rest of my life, because I loved my job and the kids. But we all lost our jobs when our school closed down. The founder of our school was accused of money laundering. So I have been trying to figure out what to do since...
The evolution of JERK Jerky within the last year has been crazy. I went from zip lock bags with little labels, to 3 different types of packaging in the past 4 months. Different flavors. New Labels. New Logo. More Customers.
Thank you for your support. I do this out of the love of food. The money isn't great, but it's enough. It makes me happy that you're happy. Damn I'm cheesy.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"You have ruined jerky for me... Your meat is sooo good, I can't eat any other jerky & enjoy it..."
— Michael Hamilton