Beef jerky is a fast bite for folks on the go. Historically, it was a favorite of Native Americans, cowboys and passengers on wagon trains rolling west. Now campers, cyclists and adventurers eat it.
Strips of beef, usually brisket, are seasoned, then cooked at a low temperature, sometimes for many hours. Jerky is portable and does not require refrigeration. It is not gorgeous, but it is practical. It packs a lot of protein and a fair amount of salt.
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Sold at --Beltway Fine Wines & Spirits, 8727 Loch Raven Blvd., Towson. (Also sold at convenience stores and gas stations)
Hours --8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday
This salty chew is made with beef and "mechanically separated chicken." It is inexpensive - $1.61 for an easy-to-hold, 0.97-ounce stick. Chewing one, however, does make you thirsty.