Jerky is traditionally made from lean meat, trimmed of fat, cut into strips and dried to prevent spoilage. Most varieties are dry and chewy. Perky Jerky is much more moist.
Company legend has it that the founders of the company, after a hard night of partying on energy drink-cocktails, headed out to go skiing the next morning. They grabbed some leftover jerky that had been drenched in spilled energy drink. To their amazement the jerky tasted the same but was less chewy and had taken on some of the boost from the energy drink. And, so Perky Jerky was born.
The jerky contains no nitrates, preservative or MSG. Its marinade does include guarana, a plant compound that has many of the same characteristics as caffeine. Perky Jerky claims this addition adds to the flavor of the product, helps to make the jerky tender, and offers a little boost.
Neither of us are jerky connoisseurs, so we passed our samples along to jerky loving young men. This is what they said, “Absolutely the juiciest, most flavorful jerky we’ve ever had. Both the beef and turkey were equally enjoyable. Where do we get more?”
Perky Jerky is available in 2.2-ounce packages, in turkey and beef flavors. A 1-ounce serving of Beef Jerky has 90 calories, 2 grams of fat (0.5 grams are saturated), 25 milligrams of cholesterol, 11 grams of protein, 6 grams of carb (5 grams are sugar with no fiber) and 530 milligrams of sodium. A 1-ounce serving of Turkey Jerky has 50 calories, no fat or saturated fat, 20 milligrams of cholesterol, 9 grams of protein, 2 grams of carb (all of which are sugar with no fiber) and 110 milligrams of sodium. The Turkey Jerky is the better choice for those watching their fat or sodium intake.