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Thankful

It’s time for the holidays and of course, we want you to stock up on lots of beef jerky from our store and ordering online.  But mostly we’d like to be thankful for all our customers.   2016 has been a difficult year, from the passing of so many icon’s like Prince and Bowie, to the nastiest and most divisive political election we’ve seen in our lifetime.

So, let’s take a moment to think about what we have to be thankful for.

We’d like to thank our team.  Our employees but also our fighter and runner who we sponsor and who help us spread the word about Jerky by Art’s jerky.  And we’d like to thank you, our customers.

To our employees.  Thank you for your hard work and dedication to making the best beef jerky in Albuquerque.  We couldn’t do it without you!

Thank you Tim Sosa, our UFC fighter and we wish you luck in your upcoming title fight on November 26th.(Click on Tim’s name to go to his facebook page.)Thank you Jayme Hinshaw.  We’re proud to sponsor you on your many journeys.  (click on Jayme’s name to go to her facebook page.) We’re glad that athletes like Tim and Jayme know the benefit of eating jerky for protein for their bodies to keep them strong in the ring and endurance during the run.  Thank you to the other athletes that come into our shop for their jerky fix as well.  We appreciate your business.

Thank you to the customers who come to see us every day.  You are the bread and butter of our business, and we appreciate you.  We hope you’ll continue to stop in, have a sample and take some of our jerky home.

Thank you to our online customers.  So often you are faceless to us, but we remember your name and appreciate our sales from you.  You are the icing on the cake, and we know we are lucky to have you.

Having completed our thankful list, it’s time to simply say:

thankful turkey says Happy Thanksgiving

HAPPY THANKSGIVING
from the owners and management
at Jerky By Art!

101 Reasons to Eat Beef Jerky from Jerky By Art.

Here at Jerky By Art, we tend to think of all the reasons you could – AND SHOULD – be eating our beef jerky.  To be honest, we’re not going to share 101 reasons with you all at once.  Mostly because you won’t read them.

Here are the most popular reasons:

 

carton man holding list of reasons#1 Just because.  (You can see that our creativity was  a little slow on building this list.  No reason is considered a bad reason.  They are all equal in our eyes LOL)

#2  We have three locations – Rio Rancho – Albuquerque – Bosque Farms.  (Ok, we’re just going to admit it here.  Reasons 1 & 2 are “popular” because our boss thought of them – but we don’t judge, these are valid reasons).

#9 : Our San Pedro store is on the way to the State Fair Grounds.

# 10 :  The Lobos are playing!  (Which leads us to both reasons #11 The Lobos won!  and #12 The Lobos lost!)

#28 : Our San Pedro store is a Pokemon stop.

# 36:  Cool people like Jayme Hinshaw MMA eat our Jerky.

#42:  Our jerky is fresh.  No preservatives.  No added chemicals.

#50:  Beef Jerky is a great pre-work out food with loads of protein and no fat.  Of course this goes for reason #51: Beef Jerky is a great post work out food with loads of protein and no fat.

#55: Your kid’s Homecoming Dance outfit cost a fortune and it’s not even time for prom!

#66:  Your kid’s team needs healthy snacks after soccer practice.  (Plus the correlating reasons:  #67 You are in charge of snacks for YAFL.  #68 It’s your turn to bring the snacks for rugby.  Well you get the idea for the next 15 reasons, that go for any extra curricular activity where your kids need you to bring the snacks).

#85  Manly yes but I like it too.  Beef jerky is an equal opportunity snack item.

#91 It’s time for Balloon Fiesta! and #92  Balloon Fiesta is over!

quotemark-hiAnd as of today, THE most popular reason to eat Jerky By Art’s beef jerky is:  Reason #47: You’re already tired of pumpkin spice.

Jerky: Protein for Cyclists and Runners

runner-888016_640Weight lifting, cross fit, MMA, all these types of work outs know that beef is a good source of protein.

But cyclists and Runners tend to lean towards fish and milk.  The reason given is that a big ole juicy steak comes along with fat.  So what’s a cyclist to do when you’re craving beef?

Give beef jerky a try. One of the great things about making jerky is that the fat literally falls away! If you’re tired of cereal and milk, a big glass of milk, broiled fish, and want to sink your teeth into some protein, beef jerky can do the trick.  Plus with so many flavors, it’s unlikely that you’ll get tired of it.  A purist?  We have plain Natural jerky and Old Fashioned jerky.

canstockphoto0133419Running a 10k or marathon?  Doing a cycling touring race?  Your muscles need 10 – 20 grams of protein within 30 minutes of crossing that finish line.  Not sure you can make it to the hospitality tent?   Or maybe you’re training and the only thing at the end of the run, is your car.  One of the best things about jerky is it’s portable.  You won’t be carrying around a salmon steak.  Milk will curdle in your car while you’re racing.  Pop in a few bites of your favorite jerky and those muscles can start repairing.  Now, rather than later.

Cyclists and Runners:  Shake up your routine a bit.  Add pure protein, flavorful protein, fat free protein with Jerky By Art  beef jerky.

Back To School

It’s time for back to school, notebooks and pencils, paper and folders.  New clothes and shoes and jerky.  Wait. What?  Jerky?

Yeah.  Jerky.

Jerky is a great option for back to school.  It’s high in protein, little to no carbohydrates. It’s also has little to no sugar, depending on the flavor.  Your kids will have a healthy snack, a snack they like, and one that gives them energy without sugars.  Our variety pack includes smaller snack size bags great for sticking in a lunch bag or to have ready for after school.

Jerky and Team Sports

teamsportPerhaps the best way for kids to benefit from jerky is to have it ready for team sports.  Work out blogs, sports celebrities and health blogs all list beef jerky as a great source of protein before and after work outs, team sports, etc.  The lack of sugar and carbohydrates make it such a healthy alternative.   And kids like it.

Sometimes, though you do need to have those carbohydrates for extra energy.  We encourage to make sure those carbohydrates come from good sources, like fruit or oatmeal.

Want to be a little fancier when it’s your turn to bring the snacks for soccer or rugby?  We’ve got a great beef jerky trail mix for you.  It does have a little sugar in it but not too much.

recipe school team trail mix

Feel free to improvise this recipe by trying it with different flavors of jerky, fruit or nuts.  It’s sure to be a people pleaser, easy to make and ready for the game.  One caution, check for nut allergies before sharing with the team.  Another healthy alternative is to switch out the white choolate chips with yogurt chips or yogurt covered fruit.

While we could eat beef jerky every day, we know your kids might want a little variety.  Here’s a Mom and Sports expert approved list of other great school team sport snacks.  (And some of them would be good in your jerky trail mix.)

1. Popcorn
2. Apple slices
3.Orange slices
4.Cheese
5.  Pretzels
7.  Grapes
8.  Raisins
9. Granola / Granola bars
10.  Whole wheat peanut butter crackers

Toss the tortilla and potato chips away and give your kids something healthy and delicious, full of the proteins and good carbohydrates they need.

Reviews

We’re very happy we got a good review from “Jerky Reviews” at BestBeefJerky.org!

We sent three flavors of our jerky to Steve at  Best Beef Jerky and he chose our green chile flavor to review.  Thank you Steve for your critique of our product.  We’re glad you liked it.  

steve-smiling as he does his reviewA little about Steve in his own words:

 ” Beef jerky is my favorite snack food, and it’s been that way since my childhood.  I run an Internet marketing company, and am part owner of an Internet consultant group, and I eat jerky while I work.

So I created this blog as a way to share my thoughts on the various brands and varieties of beef jerky. And not just beef, but flesh from other critters too, like pigs, turkeys, deer, buffalo, clams, etc. Yup, you can actually get clam jerky.”

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Here’s an excerpt of Steve’s review:

“The meat consistency seems excellent, lightly marbleized with very little fat. It’s dry, with a light crunch, but not tough. It actually breaks apart and chews somewhat easily. It’s very much like other jerky brands from New Mexico, highly dry, lightly crunchy, yet still chews down to a steak-like texture.”

You can read the whole review here:   Best Beef Jerky Reviews Jerky By Art

Make Us the Best in the City!

A few months ago we asked you to give us some reviews on Yelp. Thank you to those that were kind enough to review us, we appreciate it.

We’re asking for help again.   We know we’re the best in the city but we need your help to make sure EVERYONE knows!  We’d love to be listed by Albuquerque The Magazine’s Best of List for 2016.   You can help us by voting for us.   Simply click on the link, fill out some minimal information about yourself, then scroll down to Best Beef Jerky category and write us in!

Click to vote:

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Dad and Jerky on Father’s Day

We think it’s pretty much a given that dads like beef jerky.   With Father’s Day coming up Sunday June 19th, you should probably get some online, or stop in the store.   But is that really all you want to do for your dad is give him the most delicious treat imaginable (in our humble opinion)?

canstockphoto22103843C’mon, this guy taught you to catch, let you paint his toenails, sat at your tea parties and little league games.  He watched all the soccer games and yelled at the coach to put you in. Remember that time you ate ice cream for dinner and Dad said, “Don’t tell Mom”?  Or when he convinced Mom to let you play rugby and made up a Dad and Me day so she wouldn’t know you got that concussion?  Who was there when you needed stitches at the end of the season?  Well, Dad was, because blood makes Mom a little woozy.  Who gave you an extra $20 for the movies, prom, your first date, etc.

Yeah.  Dad.   He’s great.

That’s why you’re going to give him a Beef Jerky tasting picnic for Father’s Day.   Hear us out, you might like this idea…

Dad’s Day Tasting Picnic

First, come in or go online and get dad the Jerky By Art Variety Pack..  It includes 2 ounce bags of Salt & Pepper, Red Chile, Green Chile, Green & Garlic, Garlic, Jalapeno, Habanero, and Tabasco Pepper.Next you’re going to need one of those small veggie trays at the supermarket.  Try to get one with ranch dressing.  If you’re old enough to drink you might need a six pack.  No more than that because someone has to drive home safely.

So, food is done.

Next you’ll need a blanket or tablecloth.  Now this is important:  Do NOT take Mom’s favorite.   No need to ruin the day for Dad by having Mom yelling that you ruined her favorite blanket or tablecloth.  You’re also going to need some plates and napkins.  If you get paper ones, be sure to pick up after yourself at the park.

Oh, yeah, you’ll need a park to go to for your picnic.  Pick out a nice one with grass and shade.

Dad Day Family PicnicNow for the tasting.   Write the name of each jerky flavor on the bottom of the plate, or if you’re using real plates, try a sticky note.  Do this for each flavor, and put the corresponding flavor on the plate.   Don’t tell your dad which is which and then have him guess, have him tell you his favorite, etc.

Be silly, have fun.  Tell dad he has to take a vegetable and dip it in the ranch sauce between tastings to cleanse his palate.  Double dog dare him to dip some jerky in the ranch and eat it.  Come up with your favorite combo, maybe it’s garlic jerky with a tomato and ranch all in one bite.

So you see our point is to not just give dad the most delicious treat on earth, um, jerky, on Father’s Day,  but give him an experience to remember.

 

 

How Jerky By Art is Going to Save Your Summer

summer lakeMemorial Day is right around the corner, the unofficial start of summer.  Time to be more active, the kids are home from school, trips and visits and more.   Jerky By Art is going to save your summer.

5 Tips for Saving Summer with Jerky By Art

Summer School, Day Camp

The kids! After a whole school year of making lunches, now it’s summer and lunches and snacks are needed for summer activities.  Day camp, summer school, or even if Nana is staying with the kids while you’re at work, you still need some healthy snacks for the kids.   Don’t let the warm days let you slip into sugary treats for the kids.  Combat the ice cream, popsicles and slushies with some good protein snacks.  Of course you’ll want the healthiest one, so try our Natural Beef Jerky with no salt or preservatives.   Shop Natural Beef Jerky.  


Boating

Heading out to the lake?  Space is limited.  Not only on the boat, but in that cooler.   Why not take a snack that’s healthy, full of protein and doesn’t have to be packed in the cooler?   That way you can save all that room in there for the “grown up drinks”.  Speaking of beer, wine and spirits, did you know that protein is a great way to battle a hangover.   Perk yourself up the next morning with our Jalepeno Jerky.


summer bbq pictureBackyard BBQ

How many times have you been the chef and not able to eat?   You know, you’re manning the grill and cooking up those burgers and dogs, and next thing you know everyone’s done eating and you haven’t had a bite.  Never fear.  Keep a bag of our jerky by the grill to snack on and curb your appetite while grilling.   We recommend some good ole fashioned jerky for this task.   Shop Old Fashioned Beef Jerky

Vacation

Going to visit family out of state?  Viiting some new locale?   Take a little bit of Albuquerque with you.  Your family will love sampling foods from our locale. We suggest green chile jerky to tempt them with.    Shop Green Chile Beef Jerky   Plus, our jerky fits easily into a suitcase or carry on.  No liquids or liquidy food can get past security.  But jerky is fine!   And if you’re extra worried about the 3 ounce rule, then by all means, pack our turkey jerky available in 3 ounce packs!  Shop Turkey Jerky 

Need some help figuring out how to pack snacks for an airline trip?  Check out this blog.

 
Festivals, Concerts, Zoo and More!

Going to see a band in the park?  Packing snacks for the Zoo?  Don’t forget just how portable our Beef Jerky is!  And low fat!   With all the summer nights where you’ll be watching outdoor shows and movies and concerts, we suggest stocking up by getting our Variety Pack. The Variety pack includes 2 Ounce bags of Salt & Pepper, Red Chile, Green Chile, Green & Garlic, Garlic, Jalapeno, Habanero, and Tabasco Pepper.  Something for everyone! Shop Variety Pack.

Don’t have any of these planned this summer?   Here’s a list of great activities for you from the Albuquerque Visitors and Convention Center.   Summer Activities

And don’t forget the dog!   Jerky By Art is proud to make natural and healthy dog jerky too!   Shop JBA Dog Jerky Treats

 

Hitting a Slump? We Got This.

We’ve talked a lot on this blog about keeping healthy and how jerky can help.  Since it’s April, you might be hitting a slump in your workout and finding it hard to keep those New Year’s resolutions. Don’t quit now!  We’ve got some help for you.

hitting a slump need carne secaIs this what you look like driving to the gym in the morning?

Doing some research for you, we’ve found that the best way to stop a slump in your work out is to change it up.

Add something new to your work out by trying a new machine, taking a new class or even taking a break from the gym and hitting a yoga studio.  By trying something new, you’re not just changing your work out but also your attitude.  Something new stimulates your brains, works different muscles, and can be fun!

Another way to change it up is to change up your pre- and post- work out food.  If you are eating tuna and crackers every day for weeks and months because it’s easy to pack, we suggesting giving our jerky a try.   High in protein, low carbs, makes jerky a perfect portable snack to take to the gym.   And we have so many flavors, you shouldn’t get bored.

To ensure that you don’t; we’ve added a new jerky to our repetoire.  Turkey! We’ve had requests to be even leaner, and we’ve answered the call.  Now we have Turkey Jerky available at our stores.  You can purchase it online as well.  (Click the icon below to order).

turkey jerky label

The Midday Slump

Some people hit a wall midway in the afternoon from having a big lunch.  Experts say to stay away from the candy and chips.  They recommend instead to:  drink some water and have a protein snack that’s, also low in carbs.

Of course, being who we are, we encourage you to have some of our delicious Jerky By Art.  If you still need to curb that sweet tooth in the late afternoon, try one of our teriyaki flavors.   Craving a salty snack, we’ve got you covered with our Salt and Pepper Jerky.

If it was up to us, we’d have you eating jerky all day long.  We know that may not be feasible.   But we hope if you’re staying healthy or simply trying to stay awake, that you give us a try today!

How to Catch A Leprechaun

What do leprechauns have to do with beef jerky?

We’ve got to be honest, we racked our brains trying to find a way to tie Saint Patrick’s Day in with beef jerky, and, well, we just couldn’t do it.  And I think you’ll thank us for NOT making our jerky green for the occassion!

We suggest instead that you grab a bag of your favorite Jerky by Art flavor and read our blog.  About leprechauns.  If you can’t decide what flavor, we suggest  GREEN chile.  Naturally.

 Information on Leprechauns

leprechaun2Leprechauns are part of the fairy world.  They are short older men (about 2 feet tall) and actually have a real job.   Leprechauns are cobblers.  They make shoes!  Being part of the fairy world, the leprechaun has magical powers.   The powers allow them to disappear out of sight if your eyes are turned.  If you keep your eyes on a leprechaun, he can’t leave you.  Look away, and POOF!  He’s gone. Because they are magical, leprechauns can live for hundreds of years.

The older the leprechaun, the wiser he is and the more gold he has.  An older leprechaun is also trickier, having tricked so many out of their gold, rather than giving up his own.  All of them are great conversationalists.  This can lure you into telling them where your gold is hidden, so beware!

Leprechauns like clover, rainbows and food, but what they love is gold.   Each leprechaun has his own pot of gold that the hides at the end of a rainbow.  If you catch a leprechaun, you can take his gold pot, and he has the magical powers to grant your three wishes.  Choose wisely, because leprechauns are clever little fellows and it’s their job to trick you into losing your gold to them.  They are smart and talkative.  They have a habit of being very literal when granting your wishes, so the old adage applies, “Be careful what you wish for, it just might come true!”  Once the wishes are granted he will disappear.

Leprechaun Trap

leprechaun's pot of gold coinsSo a fun Irish tradition on St Patty’s Day is to make a leprechaun trap. You make a trap to catch them, you use their favorite things to lure them in.   Once caught, TA DA!  You get your gold and wishes.

Here’s a popular trap that should work for you.

Get a box and cut a hole out of the top. You’ll want to decorate the box to lure in your leprechaun.  Try green, and a rainbow.    You’ll need to hide that hole you made for your trap.  So cover it with four strips of paper that cover but do not connect.   This way when the leprechaun stands over the hole, he drops right into your trap.  Post It notes work well because they can adhere to the box and come in all sorts of colors, including, green.

You’ll need to lure him to the spot where he falls into your trap.   Remember that leprechauns like shamrocks, food and gold.  Some smart humans have caught their leprechauns by painting rocks gold to fool the leprechauns.  You might want to give that a try.  Don’t forget a ladder, he has to climb up that box somehow, so be sure to help him out.

Then you just wait.  Once the trap is spring, look inside for your leprechaun.

Get inspired!  Here’s a link to some fun leprechaun traps: Leprechaun Trap Photo Gallery

Here’s a story about a man making a leprechaun trap: The Leprechaun Trap

If you need some energy to keep your focus while crafting your trap, make sure you have some Jerky by Art on hand for a low fat snack.  Since your leprechaun is going to need to eat, why not share some with him?   Once caught he might get hungry in that trap waiting for you to discover him.

Jerky Valentine Gift Guide

Chile pepper Valentine heartThis Valentine’s Day, give your beefcake some beef.   Seriously.  He takes you to a nice dinner, maybe chocolates and jewelry is involved and most definitely a card.   He might even hope to get lucky with a little purchase from Victoria’s Secret.

And you only got him a card.  (Unless you also thanked him in some other way).

But seriously.  Doesn’t he deserve something he loves on Valentine’s Day?  Besides some sexy time?  Your Valentine needs some beef.

So we developed an easy Valentine Beef Jerky Gift Guide for you.  Just see what kind of guy he is and you can purchase the appropriate jerky.  Easy peasy.


Valentine Gift Guide

Does he like it hot?

hot sauce bottleTurn up the heat with some our Tabasco Pepper jerky.   We also have habenero, jalapeno and good old green chile flavors.  Spicy peppers have been known to increase your mood, and in some cases put you “in the mood”.

Click the icon to order Tabasco and Pepper now for your man!

 

 

Is he a sweetie pie?

Orange TeriyakiTry one of our teriyaki jerkies to let him know you appreciate his sweetness.  We suggest the orange teriyaki.  Orange has been known to wake you up and just might be the thing you need after that big dinner food coma you are in.  If he falls asleep watching a RomCom with you, open up that orange teriyaki and get his engine going again.

Click on the icon to order.

 

Is he a steady Eddie?

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Is he old fashioned, dependable, and likes simple things?   We suggest he’d like our more traditional flavors, like our Natural, Salt and Pepper or Old Fashioned flavors.  The high protein and low fat in beef jerky helps build muscle and stamina, so he can be your steady for a long time.

Click on the icon to order our Natural beef jerky

 

Is he New Mexican through and through?

A funny picture of a cactus in sombrero with a guitar in his hands

Your proud New Mexican man needs his chile, am I right?  Green chile, red chile, Christmas all staples of any New Mexican gift.  Why don’t you surprise him with a little twist?  Try some green chile garlic or green chile lemon.  Chile peppers have been known to get you in the mood, and a little lemon will perk him up a bit.

Click on the icon to order Green Chile Lemon..