In the 1870’s the Plains buffalo (Bison bison) reached near extermination from a high point population of perhaps 40 million in the mid-1800s. Since that time, the Plains Buffalo was restored and is now one of the best sources or delicious meat in the country.
Can you think of anything worse than reaching the bottom of your sweet beef jerky stash? I sure can’t. Jerky is the one thing that reminds me of my old life on the ranch. Its natural smoky flavor, great texture and savory seasoning take me back to a time and place you wouldn’t believe existed. Back then, status updates were handwritten on penny postcards. The only 140 characters that mattered were campfire legends. And daguerreotypes were the only thing we pinned to a board.
Life was simple then. Each morning, I woke before sunrise to tend my ranch which was abounded with fine cattle, buffalo and turkey. Long days were spent on horseback in wide open spaces, on rugged mountain ranges and through clear springs. Nothing was more beautiful than my land. That was my livelihood. In fact, that was my life.
You’re probably eating beef jerky right now. (If you’re not, go grab some!) I bet you’re looking at those delicious pieces of meat thinking:Who thought of this awesome snack?Okay, maybe not. But jerky has been fueling carnivore snackers like you for nearly a thousand years—a lot longer than you may have thought. The jerky you’re eating right now derived from the Quechuan word, “ch’arki” (which means “dried meat”).Jerky was originally a preservation technique, allowing ancient civilizations to keep meat from spoiling. Due to its long shelf life and light weight, jerky made for easy nutrition on long journeys. Now, jerky makes for easy, healthy and tasty snacks for you. Take a minute (don’t worry, you can still keep munching) for a brief jerky history lesson: