Monday, January 9, 2012

Vegan Beef Jerky

Vegan beef jerky is alive and well. In this blog post alone there are 4 different brands and I'm sure there are many more. What is your favorite and which ones did I miss?

Stonewall Jerquee is personally my favorite. I like how small and chewable they are. Some have called it dogfood (Katie) but it tastes delicious to me. Let's put it this way, I bought the 5lb Original Mild bulk bag from Vegan Essentials, TWICE! The eight available flavors are Original Mild, Teriyaki "Beef", Tandoori "Chicken", Original Wild, Spicy "Chicken", Peppy "Pepperoni", Hot "Pastrami" and Cajun "Bacon".

Primal Sticks are good if you like sausage style beef jerky, ala Slim Jims. They are long ropes of jerky goodness. The two available flavors are Hickory and Smoked.

Primal Strips are pretty much the complete opposite of Primal Sticks. Juicy, flat and soft. And they are a little easier to fit in your back pocket. The six available flavors are Hot & Spicy, Teriyaki, Texas BBQ, Mesquite Lime, Thai Peanut and Hickory Smoked.

Vegan Dream Jerky is like old school thin jerky that is hard to tear. I happen to like this style of jerky. I haven't seen it in the stores anywhere so you'll probably have to order it. The four available flavors are Hickory Pepper, Cowgirl, Chili Pepper and Teriyaki.

So no matter what kind of jerky you like, there's something for everyone in this jerky world!

*UPDATED 10/18/2014* It would be a crime not to mention Louisville Vegan Jerky Co. as it is my new favorite Jerky!


  1. Primal Strips Hot & Spicy all the way! I could eat 1000 of them. OK, really, 2 in a sitting, but boy-oh-boy! They are nomtastic. You've expanded my jerky world now, I must try all of these other things mentioned!

  2. I have to try Vegan Dreams. It looks like the ones I used to get from the plastic canisters at the liquor store. I like primal sticks hickory and texas bbq for the strips. What someone really needs to do is make vegan string cheese.

  3. I need to start buying my Primal Strips in bulk as it is getting way to spendy buying them individually from Whole Foods.

    I think Stonewall is my absolute favorite though. It really is very similar to non-vegan jerky in terms of mouth feel. I love putting taking a pinch of it and chewing it like gum for a few minutes to get all the yummy flavors out.

    I need to try Vegan Dream. I had never even heard of them before.

  4. Yeah, I don't get all the hate on the Stonewalls. They're damn good!

  5. I think you forgot Tofurky "Jurky" (that's their spelling). They are round and hard to find. I hope they still make them.

  6. Try jerky from the Herbivorous Butcher it's better than Louisville.

  7. Can any of these brands fool a meat-eater? I've tried Primal Strips and wasn't thrilled. I do think Sam's Harvest (from Butler, maker of Soy Curls) is pretty good.

  8. Are there any non-single use plastic wrapped vegan jerkies out there?



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