You may not have realized it, but today is the first inaugural National Jerky Day. And sure, it might be nothing more than a publicity stunt cooked up by Jack Links to sell more product, but we're ok with that. Because dammit, beef jerky deserves more recognition.
So here's everything you'll to need to celebrate the very first National Jerky Day. And remember, one day you'll be celebrating this holiday with your grandkids, so make you do something today that's worth telling them about.
First and foremost you need to get yourself some jerky. And while Jack Links' offerings might be the easiest to find, that's probably not how you roll. You need something unique, something that will make you stand out from the crowd. Something like this Zombie Jerky that looks like you're eating rotting human flesh.
In reality it's nothing more than teriyaki beef jerky with a healthy dose of food coloring, but it's the closest you're going to get to sampling humans without making the evening news. $6
Don't forget about your feline or canine companions today. Most of the year they probably survive on dry pet food that you wouldn't touch with a ten foot strip of jerky. So why not make this newfound holiday extra special for them by serving them a little shriveled up meat?
In a few hours this countertop dryer can produce everything from dog biscuits, to dried fruit, to dehydrated beef—the way it was meant to be eaten. It's also cheaper than buying similar treats at the pet store, and in reality your dog will probably be happy to gnaw on anything that's had all the moisture sucked out of it. $30
Lays is pretty cocky with its "bet you can't eat just one" tagline. But we guarantee you'll have a hard time not finishing off an entire bag of these Cherkees chips.
They're made by combining actual ground beef and potatoes that's then dried into these thin chips. Since they're not fried the Cherkees are actually a healther alternative to traditional crisps. And since they're basically potato chips with meat added, what more reason could you possibly need to devour them? $10
The beauty of beef jerky is that you don't necessarily have to buy it at the store. If you categorize yourself about one step above lazy, it's actually pretty easy to make. The first, and most enjoyable, step is to tenderize and flatten out your meat. And this brass knuckles-like pounder looks like a great way to relieve some stress at the same time.