Yay! There is a day for you to enjoy your favorite snack. There is no better time to try some of our newest flavors. National Jerky Day was created to celebrate the rich history, immense popularity and nutritional benefits of dried meat snacks. “Jerky” is a word derived from the Spanish word charqui, which came from the Quechua (a Native South American language) word ch’arki, which means to burn (meat). A favorite American snack, jerky is readily available in stores and gasoline stations across the country as well as in several sites online. Since the 90’s jerky has been selected by astronauts as space food for space flights.