There’s no doubt about it, most people in the world are meat lovers. Veganism and vegetarianism are rising, but 350 trillion pounds of meat are still eaten every year. And for good reason; many diets, like the paleo diet, have popularized the idea that meat is one of the best things you can eat for yourself.
But do you ever snack on meat?
The fact is, even if the world is mostly made up of meat lovers, very few people snack on meat. It’s time to change that — meat snacks are some of the healthiest, tastiest, most nutritious snack products out there. This article will walk you through seven of the best.
- Meat Sticks
Nothing says “meat snack” like a meat stick. This could be the least subtle of all your options, but it’s also very delicious.
A meat stick is simple. It’s exactly what its name says: a big ol’ stick of meat. They’re made by dehydrating pieces of meat and adding salt to them, a process that makes them last a while.
There are many different meat options out there for beef sticks. You’ll find chicken sticks, beef sticks, turkey sticks, and sometimes, if you look hard enough, even Bison sticks.
Most meatstick products come in long, thin packaging, which makes eating them easy. It’s not far off from eating a bar of candy.
They might not be the classiest option in the world, but they sure are delicious.
- Beef Chips
Now, this option is less tried-and-true, but still just as delicious. Beef chips are dehydrated pieces of beef cut into chips and stuffed into a bag. If you want a more convenient experience, like the feeling of eating chips or just love eating meat any way you can, beef chips could be the option for you.
It should be noted that beef chips are a pretty new product on the market. Most of the sellers are pretty independent, so you might need to shop around to find the one that’s right for you. If you want meat on the go, keep an eye out on the beef chip market.
- Pork Rinds
This one’s a hillbilly classic, as well also one of the best quick snacks. Many folks from up north might not know about this one, but in some places down south, pork rinds are just as ubiquitous as potato chips or Twizzlers (and they’re a lot better than Twizzlers too).
Pork rinds are the skin of the pig, so you’re going to get that great pork taste. They’re fried up and dehydrated to make a tasty, crunchy, airy product.
They’re probably the most similar meat snack to traditional “snacks” on this list. Pork Rinds have something of the consistency of cheese puffs, and you can use them with dips.
A great way to use them is to eat them during a movie as a substitute for chips or popcorn. When the world opens back up, and you’re able to go to a movie theatre again, check to see if they have pork rinds.
- Beef Jerky
You can’t beat the classics. Everyone’s heard of this one. Beef jerky is a tried and true option and among the best snacks for meat lovers.
It’s made by cutting up strips of beef and dehydrating them. The dehydration process is what gives them that distinct dry taste and appearance. More importantly, it preserves the beef, so that you can pack it in a bag and take it with you on the go.
An interesting fact about beef jerky is that beef is around 60% water. Once dehydrated, it loses a lot of its mass. That means that one pound of beef jerky is around 2.5 pounds of beef — so even a little bit will leave you full.
Because of this, beef jerky can often be a little expensive. However, you know you’ll be buying something that will last you a while. You can also make it yourself.
- Bacon Jerky
One word — yum. Maybe you can beat the classics. Everyone’s seen, tried, heard of beef jerky, but not many people know about its brother, bacon jerky.
No one is a stranger to jerky, it’s one of the most popular meat products in the world. But for whatever reason, bacon jerky has fallen by the wayside in comparison to its beef counterpart.
Bacon jerky comes as a crisp, delectable pork product that looks virtually identical to a standard slice of bacon. You can usually get it in a plain favor, or with a great maple sugar taste.
Because it’s less popular, however, it’s harder to find a provider that you can trust. Thankfully, Own the Grill has set their whole sight up to provide you with quality bacon jerky.
- Chicken Nuggets
Here’s another familiar entry. Chicken nuggets, in case you live under a rock, are boneless, breaded pieces of chicken meat that are either deep-fried or baked. The process leaves them looking like little nuggets of gold.
Fast food restaurants have made bread-and-butter out of chicken nuggets, but they’re not your only option. There are many options out there for chicken nuggets. You can buy them frozen from a supermarket and heat them up in the morning and take them with you for you to eat throughout the day.
Though chicken nuggets are usually considered a side dish in a fast food meal, their small size makes them a perfect snack.
- Deli Meat
Deli meats, or cold cuts, are a beloved type of meat usually used for sandwiches and charcuterie. However, they can be used for snacking as well.
If you roll up some cold turkey, salami, ham, and/or bologna, and put them into a lunchbox that keeps in the cold, you’ll have a wonderful snack to eat throughout the day. You could pair this with some slices of cheese to step up your snacking game.
If you’re in a rush and don’t have anything else to snack on, don’t feel bad about using your deli meats to snack on.
Quality Meat Snacks
Most of the world eats meat. Meat snacks are a wonderful way for meat lovers to get their protein in a delicious way throughout their busy days. Once you take into account all of these wonderful meat products, you’re well on your way to a meat-eaters dream.
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