What Are the Different Types of Jerky That People Make Today?


Kangaroo jerky has an unbeatable taste.

Brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic, salt, and a blend of spices cover the thick cuts of kangaroo meat. Spice things up by lightly seasoning the kangaroo jerky with a mild pepper flavor. You’ll be able to enjoy a mouth-watering jerky that’s good for you too.

That’s right! Jerky can be a healthy snack, energizing you throughout the day. For example, kangaroo’s red meat, but it’s lean. The meat is also rich in iron, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids.

What other types of jerky do people make that can satisfy your food cravings? Read on to find out.

Delicious Jerky From Alpacas

Are you looking for one of the most flavorful types of jerky around? Then you have to try alpaca jerky! The healthy cut of meat is sure to delight your taste buds.

Alpaca has been a staple of the Andean culture diet for thousands of years. One of the reasons alpaca meat is so highly regarded is its health benefits.

Alpaca meat can be a guilt-free snacking pleasure. The jerky has low cholesterol, fat, and calories. Compared to other meats such as chicken, pork, or beef, alpaca is extra lean. There’s also a lot less sodium in alpaca meat.

We find that the best alpaca jerky is homemade rather than commercially sold. You’ll also want to ensure that the jerky is free of fillers, nitrates, additives, and msg.

Only buy alpaca meat that’s all-natural. You don’t want any growth hormones or steroids in your food.

How should you season alpaca jerky? One of the best marinades involves soy sauce, garlic, onion, brown sugar, pepper, and salt. Mixed together, all of these ingredients help bring the meat to life!

Flavor Spectrum for the Best Beef Jerky

We’ve all heard of beef jerky. But did you know that there is a broad spectrum of different types of the best beef jerky flavors? You can find beef jerky that’s mild, spicy, sweet, and everywhere in between.

We find that original beef jerky flavors tend to have a more mild approach by using a mixture of salt and pepper. Some people will cover it with a generous amount of cracked black pepper to spice things up a bit.

If you’re somebody who loves extra spicy jerky, you’ll be able to find any level of spicy beef jerky you want. Be careful, though; some flavors can really bring the heat!

The heat source usually comes from ground chili peppers such as chipotle, habanero, or cayenne. You can even find spicy beef jerky flavors that use ghost peppers!

Feeling sweet? Then try full-on candied beef jerky.

Using sugar as one of the main ingredients; candied beef jerky is a real treat. We suggest finding a teriyaki sweet jerky flavor since it pairs so perfectly with beef. Along with teriyaki, individuals enjoy making orange honey and pure honey-glazed beef jerky.

Poultry Jerky Is a Delicious Snack

Poultry jerky is a healthy alternative to beef jerky. For instance, turkey jerky has lower fat content than jerky made using red meat.

Don’t have the time to make your own? No worries, you can find jerky online easily. For instance, you can shop for turkey jerky here.

Along with being low in fat, poultry jerky also tends to be high in protein! Poultry is a catch-all term to describe turkeys, ducks, geese, chickens, and any other type of domestic fowl.

Which one of the poultry options is the healthiest? It’s all going to depend on the recipe used to make the jerky. However, turkey jerky tends to be the best for fats and calories.

You’ll also find that turkey jerky is tender meat. Chicken jerky, on the other hand, tends to be harder. For that reason, chicken jerky makes a beautiful treat for dogs.

If you don’t mind a slightly gamy taste then duck jerky is something you should definitely try. The duck’s skin is a lot fatter and thicker. 

As a result, duck jerky is going to be rougher. However, as long as the duck jerky dries correctly, it’ll pack a nice punch of protein.

Wild Duck Jerky

If you’re going for a poultry type of jerky, we suggest making wild duck jerky. You’ll need to look for wild ducks raised free from steroids and growth hormones. Usually, farmers will be able to point you in the right direction.

You’ll find that wild duck jerky has a slightly sweet taste you can balance out with the zap of black pepper. It is the perfect food to pack in your lunch to keep you going all day long.

Well Seasoned Fish Jerky

Do you love seafood? The next time you find yourself with a ton of fish leftovers, try making fish jerky! For making fish turkey, you’ll want to choose a fish that has a low-fat content. For instance, crappie, pike, and bass are great options.

Steer clear of oily fishes like catfish. Oily jerky is more likely to spoil.

You can choose to eat your fish jerky in raw form or add it to different recipes. Bass jerky goes excellent with chowders and soups, and so does pike jerky. Just make sure that you soak the jerky in water before adding it to your stew.

Drying the jerky only stops bacterial growth; it doesn’t stop microorganisms from showing up. Play it safe too and double cook the jerky to kill any microorganisms that might be hanging on.  Of course, if you cook the fish before you turn it into jerky, that’ll do the trick too.

Ahi Tuna Jerky

If you want a fish turkey that’s high in minerals, vitamins, and flavor, try ahi tuna. Ahi tuna has to be expertly sliced to get the best results.

You should also use quality fillets of sushi-grade ahi tuna. If you wind up loving it, you’ll have a new favorite snack that’s super high in protein.

Trying New Types of Jerky

Were there any new types of jerky in this article you’ve never heard of before? Perhaps wild duck jerky is unique to you, or maybe you didn’t know that fish jerky existed. Branch out and try a new type of jerky today.

You can choose to go with healthy options, like turkey jerky, or choose a jerky that’s loaded with seasoning. As long as you give your taste buds a chance to try something new, it’ll be an experience worth having. For more ways to experience the things you want in life, read another one of our articles.

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LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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