Jerky always meant one thing in my family: a successful hunt. With a father and brother that make their own jerky, I rarely needed to buy the gas-station variety (save for a long road trips). There is just nothing like fresh, really well-made jerky. Thankfully, Lauren shares with us a small-batch jerky maker that is not only delivering a high-quality meaty snack, but letting us choose our own flavor combinations. -Kate
There are a few things that, frankly, I’ve never associated with beef jerky. Chief among them: 100% grass fed beef, Vermont maple glaze and made-to-order jerky. But like so many things delicious and small batch, I continue to be in awe of the makers and their passion for food and flavors—in this case, jerky.
SlantShack Jerky was founded by nine friends in New York City with a penchant for a meat snack and an oven. Today, the jerky is made on a farm in Northern Vermont using 100% grass fed beef, but the rest is up to you.
SlantShack offers a jerky-lovers smorgasbord of rubs, marinades, and glazes—from garlic powder to pale ale to maple syrup—to customize your jerky. Pick your size; pick your fixin’s; and then ship it to your doorstep. If it all seems too much, the jerky experts will design the flavor combinations for you.
These jerky makers value quality over shelf life. So unlike the vacuum-sealed, never-to-expire jerky I remember from my childhood, these handcrafted snacks will stay fresh for a month or two. Grab your bag at December’s Eat Boutique Boston Holiday Market and start chewing!
Photos courtesy of SlantShack Jerky.
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