We bit into more than 100 types to find out which meats met our standards. These six made the cut.

By Ananda Eidelstein
March 20, 2018
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Tasters fell for the classic chew and mild kick. Plus, they swooned over the brand’s history: It’s been family-run for more than 80 years. To buy: $40 for 4 4-oz. packages; alewels.com.
Brian Henn
Brian Henn

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Tasters fell for the classic chew and mild kick. Plus, they swooned over the brand’s history: It’s been family-run for more than 80 years.

To buy: $40 for 4 4-oz. packages; alewels.com.

Brian Henn

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In these chewy slices, a blend of cayenne and other spices mellows with a flavor close to that of maple syrup. Bonus points for the grass-fed beef.

To buy: $6 for 1.75 oz.; sweetwood.com.

Brian Henn

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Salty soy mingles with the tropical sweetness of pineapple in this hand-cut selection. True-blue jerky fans raved about its firm yet pliant texture.

To buy: $8 for 2.5 oz.; amazon.com.

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Superior tenderness makes these perfect for snacking. Sea salt and pepper offer rich flavor in every bite.

To buy: $7 for 2.5 oz.; dukesmeats.com.

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Everything we love about the classic road-trip snack, upgraded with organic ingredients. Tastes exactly how you want it to: evenly spiced, with savory beef flavor.

To buy: $2.50 for 0.75 oz.; amazon.com.

Brian Henn

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Real jalapeño flavor makes these strips hot enough to satisfy a spice craving—but not enough to stop you at just one.

To buy: $7 for 2.85 oz.; jet.com.