National Jerky Day

June 12

When is National Jerky Day?

National Jerky Day happens on Wednesday June 12, 2024.

Celebrate National Jerky Day on June 12th

Foodies out there, we’ve got some exciting news for you! National Jerky Day is just around the corner, and it’s the perfect day to celebrate one of the most beloved salty snacks in history. This annual holiday was founded in 2012 to celebrate the time-tested tradition of jerky and all its deliciousness. So on June 12th, let’s honor the delicious and versatile snack that jerky is, by indulging in our favorite beef, turkey, chicken, or even vegan jerky variants.

Jerky has been around for centuries and is believed to have originated in South America, where the indigenous people would preserve meat by drying it in the sun. Today, jerky is popular all over the world and comes in various flavors and textures. The process involves marinating strips of meat in a mixture of spices, salt, and sometimes vinegar, before dehydrating it to create a chewy and flavourful snack.

Although beef jerky is the most popular and traditional form of jerky, other meats can be made into jerky as well. Turkey, chicken, pork, and various wild game meats can be used to create delicious jerky. Often, different types of meat and spices are mixed to make unique combinations, and each recipe produces a distinct flavour.

Now, you may be wondering whether anyone can make jerky at home? The answer is yes! Making jerky at home is incredibly easy, and you can customize the flavours and ingredients to create something uniquely delicious. All you need is a food dehydrator, and if you don’t have one, you can even use your oven to dehydrate the meat. Moreover, jerky can be a perfect snack for outdoor adventures, hiking, and camping trips.

Jerky has become increasingly popular among vegans, vegetarians, and plant-based diets. Vegan jerky is made with plant-based protein like tofu, seitan, mushroom, jackfruit, or soybeans and is available in various flavors. Besides, vegan jerky is a great alternative to traditional jerky, as it is low in fat and high in fiber.

National Jerky Day is the perfect opportunity to try new jerky flavors or make your homemade jerky. Jerky is versatile and can be enjoyed as a snack, as a protein boost after a workout, or as a flavorful topping to salads and soups. So, grab your favorite variant of jerky and celebrate this day with your friends and family by sharing your favorite recipes and discovering new flavors. Happy National Jerky Day!

When does National Jerky Day happen next year?

National Jerky Day will happen on the following upcoming dates:

  • Thursday June 12, 2025
  • Friday June 12, 2026
  • Saturday June 12, 2027
  • Monday June 12, 2028
  • Tuesday June 12, 2029


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