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Beef Jerky around the world

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 At JEERKS, we love our Beef Jerky, and if you’re reading this, there’s no doubt that you probably love it too.

But did you know that Beef Jerky isn’t ‘Beef Jerky’ everywhere?

Reaching across the far corners and the dark recesses of the globe, jerky is found all over the world. But it’s not known as ‘Beef Jerky’ to everyone and jerky doesn’t always come in the form of beef. Bet that surprises you. 

In our latest blog, we take a little peek into Beef Jerky and some of the many other jerkies around the world.


China – Bakkwa

In China, there is a “jerky” called Bakkwa, also known as Rougan.

This form of jerky is a Chinese salty-sweet dried meat product similar to jerky and is made with a meat preservation and preparation technique.


Mexico – Carne Seca

The Mexicans eat Carne Seca, which means "dried meat" in Spanish and is literally that, dried meat.

In northern Mexican cuisine, particularly the states of ChihuahuaSonora and Nuevo León, Carne Seca is cooked in a dish called Machacado, which includes tomatoes, onionschile verde and eggs.


Nigeria – Kilishi

Nigeria’s “jerky” is known as Kilishi.

It is a dried form of Suya, made from deboned cow, sheep or goat meat. Each of the selected muscles is sliced into sheets of one metre or less, for easy drying.


North America – Pemmican 

North Americans have an interesting alternative called Pemmican, which is a concentrated mixture of fat and protein.

Historically, it was an important part of Native American cuisine in certain parts of North America, and is still prepared today.

Blueberries, cherries, chokeberries, and currants were also used, but almost exclusively in ceremonial feasts and weddings.


South Africa - Biltong

Biltong is a form of dried, cured meat that originated in Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia.

Various types of meat are used to produce it, ranging from beef and game meats to fillets of meat cut into strips following the grain of the muscle, or flat pieces sliced across the grain. 


Spain – Cecina

The Spanish eat Cecina - A meat that has been salted and dried by means of air, sun or smoke.

The meat is similar to ham and is usually beef, horse or (less frequently) goat, rabbit, or hare.

Reaching across the far corners of the globe and back to our beloved Australia, we are happy to say that we have beef jerky here and we love eating it.

At JEEERKS, we make 100% natural beef jerky which is high in protein, low in carbs, lower in fat, Gluten free and full of flavour.  And that’s not all, we deliver our beef jerky from our store, straight to your door!

Grab some beef jerky today.

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