Brooklyn beef jerky

April 20, 2011 8:27:24 AM PDT
A new spin has been put on an old snack food.

Robert Stout and Chris Woehrle started a beef jerky business in Brooklyn. However, you won't find this beef jerky at any truck stop because it's not just any beef jerky. Stout makes gourmet beef jerky, which is an oxymoron.

Stout grew up eating beef jerky so it was natural for him to start this kind of business.

"My mother always put beef jerky in my lunchbox, that's possibly what's wrong with me," Stout said.

What makes Stout's gourmet beef jerky different from regular jerky is its pasture raised grass fed, which means it has no preservatives. Another special feature about his jerky is he marinates it.

Stout is very confident in his product. In fact, he is betting his Kings County, Brooklyn-made jerky is the kind of snack people will crave.

"Brooklyn does need its own jerky," Stout said.

Stout marinates his beef jerky in several different flavors to try to cover everyone's tastes.

"So there is orange, ginger, Korean, barbeque, and hey vegetarians- how about Portobello jerky," Stout said. "People call themselves connoisseurs, but I actually am one."

This grass-fed, low fat jerky out of Brooklyn should get people talking, or better yet chewing.