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Discover 22+ Exotic Jerky Varieties for a Unique Snacking Experience

Discover 22+ Exotic Jerky Varieties for a Unique Snacking Experience

Exotic jerky is a savory snack made from dried meat that has been seasoned to taste delicious. The word “jerky” comes from the Quechua word “charqui” which means “dried meat.”

Jerky was originally made by Native Americans and early settlers out of beef or buffalo, but these days it can be made with any type of protein: chicken, lamb, pork, turkey etc. We’ve written about the best cuts of meat for jerky here.

Some people enjoy eating exotic jerky as an appetizer before dinner while others eat it as a post-workout snack to refuel their muscles.

There are different types of exotic jerks for everyone! Here’s a few off the well-trodden path of your grocery store Slim Jim’s and Jack Link’s (though they may be a bit more expensive but still amazing).

Flavored Beef Jerky

Beef is the “standard” meat for jerky, but there are plenty of exotic flavors that go beyond black pepper, garlic, onion, or teriyaki.

Garlic Black Pepper Flavor

Savory Wild Vegan Portabella Mushroom Jerky | Gluten Free & Non-GMO | Roasted Garlic & Black Pepper

Black pepper adds a bold kick to this jerky, especially since it’s made of mushrooms.

Lemon-Pepper Flavor

Hawaiian Beef Jerky Chips Lemon Pepper, Kalaheo Jerky Co., 1.75 oz.

Classic lemon and pepper flavors come together for an exciting twist on beef jerky.

Cajun Flavor

Mingua Beef Jerky Cajun-Seasoned - Nitrite-Free Spicy Beef Jerky - 100% US Beef, Four 3.5-Ounce Bags

What’s more exotic than Cajun spices? Nothing! This jerky has an extra kick to it that you won’t find in your average beef or turkey jerkies. Poultry Jerkys Chicken jerkies are some of the most popular types of jerky that you can find, and there are plenty of exotic flavors to choose from.

Honey-Chipotle Flavor

Tillamook Country Smoker Real Hardwood Smoked Beef Jerky, Honey Glazed, 10 Ounce

This honey barbecue flavored jerk is spicy with a mild smokiness provided by the chipotles added.

Sriracha Flavor

Carnivore Candy Bacon Jerky - Spicy Sriracha Flavor

Sriracha + honey = an instant classic. This jerky has a nice little kick to it with some heat provided by the sriracha sauce, but it’s also sweetened up with honey to give you that perfect balance.

Asian Spice Flavor

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This chicken jerky is flavored with an assortment of Indian spices, including garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander, black pepper, garam masala powder etc.

Alligator Jerky

Alligator jerky is just one of the many types of exotic jerks you can find. Alligator meat is very similar to chicken or beef, but it has a stronger, gamier flavor that people either love or hate.

You may have heard before that alligators are tough and require long cooking times for tenderization. But in truth, alligator is about as tender as any other kind of meat when prepared correctly. It only tastes tougher because people aren’t used to its flavor (also, its distant cousin, the alligator gar).

If you’ve never tried it before, give alligator jerky a try the next time you’re in your local grocery store!'s Alligator Jerky Sampler - TESTER 2 PACK - Original Alligator Jerky and Spicy Cajun Alligator Jerky - 3.5 total oz.
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Wild Boar Jerky

Wild boar has the same texture as pork and is leaner than beef. Wild boar jerky can be sweetened up with sugar, but also has natural hickory flavor. Wild boars are an invasive species, so there is no limit on hunting them in most states. You can likely track some down even if you aren’t a hunter.

Meat Maniac Exotic Game Beef Jerky (Original Wild Boar Jerky 3oz)
  • Meat Maniac Original Venison Jerky (3oz)
  • Premium Quality Venison raised on the natural farmlands of New Zealand. Great Venison flavor without the strong game taste. Truly a great taste you will remember and appreciate.
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Ostrich Jerky

The ostrich is a large, flightless bird. It is native to Africa, while the North American variety was introduced by Europeans to create new sources of meat. Ostrich meat can be either tender or tough depending on how it’s cooked. For jerky, it needs to be heavily dried and then seasoned with spices. Ostrich jerky tastes incredibly meaty, making it a favorite among carnivores.

The greatest benefit of the ostrich are that they are raised for this purpose in many countries around the world, making them very easy to find! They are also one of the leanest meats, making them perfect for people who are health-conscious. It has a very mild flavor which works well with bolder flavors, which makes it great for people who don’t like very strong flavors.

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Elk Jerky

The elk is a large, deer-like creature native to North America. The meat from the elk is a very dark red in color and has a significantly different flavor from beef or pork. This jerky has a strong, rich flavor that goes well with other spices like chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper.'s Original Elk Jerky - 3 PACK - The Best Wild Game Elk Jerky on the Market - 100% Whole Muscle Elk - No Added Preservatives, No Added Nitrates and No Added MSG - 5.25 total oz.
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  • USDA Inspected

Pork Jerky

It may not really be “exotic” but like beef, pork is extremely versatile and can be paired with really exotic flavors. Pork Jerky can be dried or smoked, with the most common flavors being teriyaki, garlic black pepper, lemon-pepper, and Cajun.

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  • 2 OZ Bag of Pork Barrel Old-Fashioned Maple Uncured Bacon Jerky
  • Pork Barrel BBQ Old Fashioned Maple Bacon Jerky is the perfect marriage of smoke and sweetness.
  • This jerky incorporates the sweet taste of maple and brown sugar with the smoky perfection of thick-cut, slow-cooked strips of bacon.
  • A Good Source of Protein, No Nitrites or Nitrates except those naturally occuring in celery powder
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Kangaroo Jerky

Kangaroo jerky is a lean, protein-packed snack that is perfect for the health-conscious eater. It’s made from a good cut of kangaroo meat, which is low in fat and high in protein. It can be “dried” or “smoked,” and the most popular flavors are teriyaki, garlic black pepper, and lemon-pepper.

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Turkey Jerky

Turkeys are native to North America, but nowadays they’re also domesticated all around the world because they’re such a popular food (similar to geese). The best turkey jerky is made from the dark meat, which is low in fat and high in protein. You can “dry” or “smoke” it, and the most popular flavors are teriyaki, garlic black pepper, and lemon-pepper.

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  • 16G OF PROTEIN PER BAG: Fowl Capone is ideal for your active lifestyle. Ideal for supercharging your next triathlon, hike, or diamond heist. Fowl Capone may be guilty, but you don’t have to feel guilty for indulging in these healthy protein snacks. This Turkey Jerky is merely 6g of sugar per serving (12g per bag), gluten free, low carb, and low calorie.
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Antelope (Biltong) Jerky

Antelope jerky is a type of jerky that’s made from antelope meat, or biltong. It’s usually prepared with a strong spice mixture including paprika, salt, sugar, and garlic powder. It needs a lot of time to marinate in the refrigerator before being consumed, but it’s worth the wait!

Stryve Mini Snack Beef Sticks. 14g Protein, Sugar Free, No Carbs, Gluten Free, No Nitrates, No MSG, No Preservatives. Keto and Paleo Friendly. Original, 16oz
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Southeast Asian Jerky

This exotic jerk is typically made from beef, pork, chicken, or water buffalo. The Southeast Asian version can be spicy with ingredients like teriyaki sauce. Typical flavors include soy sauce and lemon pepper seasoning. As for preparation methods, it may be dried or smoked before consumption.

Singapore-Style Made to Order Fire-Grilled Beef Jerky (Spicy Flavor 12 oz.) - Los Angeles Times "Handmade Gift" Winner
  • Singapore-Style fire-grilled Bak Kwa (aka jerky) is a popular sweet semi-dried meat snack from the Asia-Pacific. Our jerky are made from three-generation-old family recipes. We use the same traditional age-old slow dry technique and labor-intensive process to prepare the meat, then slowly fire grilled individually to perfection by hand for that bold BBQ taste, used as high protein snacks or add to your favorite instant noodles, sandwiches and more.
  • Fragrant Jerky's spicy flavor beef jerky is sweet & salty taste, medium level of spiciness, natural smoky BBQ flavor from the fire grilling process. We use 100% natural ingredients and are GMO-free. Our beef jerky are made from fresh USDA-inspected whole cuts of the extra lean Angus Beef eye of round.
  • Each order is freshly grilled to order, then shipped by Expedited Priority Mail to assure the finest quality. They are never prepackaged and never stored in a warehouse for weeks or months. We grill then ship your orders within 48 hours during business days, will arrive in 2 to 5 business days.
  • Our products are made fresh daily at our USDA/FSIS-inspected commercial kitchen facility in Los Angeles.
  • Singapore Bak Kwa has been voted #1 pork jerky in the World. Our jerky are three times Los Angeles Times "Handmade Gift" and food category winners.

Duck Jerky

Duck Jerky is created from the dark meat of a duck. It’s then “dried” or “smoked” to preserve it. The most popular flavor is teriyaki, but you can also enjoy garlic black pepper or lemon-pepper. There are duck jerky recipes readily available on the internet, so you don’t have to go hunting for one at your local grocery store! It’s also very economical for producers and commonly sold “for dogs.”

Salmon Jerky

Salmon jerky is made by drying or smoking either salmon fillets or salmon steaks. It tastes incredibly meaty, making it a favorite among carnivores. Another benefit of this jerky is that it’s low in fat and high in protein so it’s great for people who are looking to eat healthier. The best part about this kind of jerky is that it doesn’t have any effect on your conscience – perfect for pescatarians!. The flavors are subtle, which makes it perfect for people who don’t like very strong flavors.

EPIC Smoked Salmon Snack Strips, Paleo Friendly Jerky, 10 ct
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Venison Jerky

Venison jerky is very similar to beef jerky in that it’s not “exotic” but is still exceptionally versatile. Venison is made by drying or smoking (like most types of jerky), and the most common flavors are teriyaki, garlic black pepper, or lemon-pepper. Venison Jerky is a relatively new type of- jerky that has been gaining popularity in recent years. Venison is the term for meat of deer, and it’s traditionally made by curing or drying, then seasoning with various spices like garlic, pepper, soy sauce, and vinegar. The most common flavor is teriyaki sauce.

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Bison Jerky

Bison jerky is made of bison meat, which is low in fat and high in protein. The most common flavors are teriyaki, garlic black pepper, or lemon-pepper. This type of jerk can also be dried or smoked before it’s consumed. The best Bison Jerky maker, Native-owned Tanka Bar, also helps restore the grasslands and historic prairies of North America.

Also – check out yak jerky, which is similar in leanness and protein content.

Tanka Bison Meat Bites, Beef Jerky Alternative with Buffalo, Low Carb, High Protein Healthy Snack, Slow Smoked Original, 3 Oz (Pack of 6)
  • REAL FOOD BITES with a delicious smoky and slightly sweet flavor, made with grass fed bison and tart-sweet cranberries, more tender and moist than beef jerky
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Brisket Jerky

Brisket Jerky is a type of jerky that’s made from brisket meat (usually the flat cut, not points). Brisket Jerky is a type of jerky that’s dry or smoked before it’s consumed. The overall flavor is a dry, salty snack with a smell similar to roast beef. A good wood can add flavor to brisket.

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Wagyu Jerky

Wagyu Jerky is made from the finest cuts of beef which are then “dry” or “smoked” before being consumed. The common flavors are teriyaki, garlic black pepper, or lemon-pepper. Wagyu jerky is a high quality type of jerky that’s superior to beef jerky due to its high quality meat and less salty taste. It’s perfect for individuals who enjoy beef jerky but want something with a more delicate taste.

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  • HEALTHY SNACK: Certified Gluten-Free, Paleo friendly
  • CONTAINS: 10 Count Box of 0.8oz snack strips

Goose Jerky

Goose Jerky is made by drying or smoking goose meat. The most common flavors are teriyaki, garlic black pepper, or lemon-pepper. Goose Jerky is a type of jerky that’s unlike any other because of its distinct flavor. It tastes like bacon, but with less saltiness. The best part about Goose Jerky is that it’s low in fat and high in protein – making it perfect for people who are on a diet.

Rabbit Jerky

Rabbit Jerky is made in America by curing or drying the rabbit meat to preserve it. The most popular flavors are teriyaki, garlic black pepper, or lemon-pepper. The flavor is not overpowering, so it’s perfect for people who don’t like strong flavors in their jerky. Rabbit Jerky can be consumed raw or cooked because it doesn’t have any cholesterol. The best part about this type of jerky is that it’s low in fat and high in protein – making it perfect for people who are on a diet.

Snake Jerky

Snake Jerky is made with the finest snake meat available, so it’s both healthy and delicious. The meat is moist, tender, and has a mild flavor. Python is the most common species used for snake jerky.

Trout Jerky

Trout jerky is made with the finest trout meat available. Trout jerky is a healthy alternative to other less nutritious types of jerky, and has a much lighter flavor. Trout jerky is much leaner than beef, but it still contains high levels of protein. The oily fish are seasoned with spices or seasonings before being dried into jerky form.

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  • TASTE OF TEXAS YEEHAW - Whether you are going to be craving a snack right in the middle of the night, want to jazz up your salad or get that extra bit of protein for your gains, habanero honey trout jerky by The Good Jerky is what you need. Combining the right amount of sweetness and spicy heat, this fish jerky will surely tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving for another bite.
  • GREAT ANYTIME AND ANYWHERE - Pack it for your family lunch, eat it after a workout for a quick protein boost, or munch on it while watching a movie. Ideal for all situations, it is packaged in a 2 oz bag. This seafood jerky must be refrigerated after opening and consumed within three days.
  • NUTRITIOUS AND HEALTHY - Steelhead trout jerky is high in vitamin D, omega fatty acids and contains up to six grams of protein per serving. Why snack on empty calories when you can opt for a healthy substitute. Toss it in a salad, layer it in a sandwich, serve it on a charcuterie board or enjoy it as it is. The best to fish jerky for humans and a tastier, healthier alternative to red meat and poultry.
  • RESPONSIBLY SOURCED - The Good Jerky sources its fish from high quality fisheries that follow strict eco friendly guidelines as an alternative to traditional fishing. To ensure that you receive great tasting, dried seafood jerky every time, we follow the strictest sourcing production and quality standards.

Next Steps

Jerky is a special treat no matter the time or day. Not only are the flavoring options nearly infinite, but the meat options are much more diverse than “standard” beef. Try something new today! And if you are making your own jerky at home, be sure to check out our guides to jerky slicers, guide to jerky dehydrators, and tried & true cuts for jerky.