How Our Plant-Based Jerky is Made

What is Plant-Based Jerky Made Of?

If you're going hiking or camping and you're thinking about bringing some snacks, jerky would probably make it on your list. Most people choose this snack because it's delicious, chewy, and easy to carry. And while meat-based jerky has been around for quite some time, the popularity of plant-based jerky is on the rise thanks to its mouth-watering, protein-packed, and satisfying taste.

So, if you're a vegetarian, reducetarian, vegan, or flexitarian who's avoiding meat for ethical, health, or other reasons, plant-based jerky can give you the same enjoyment of eating a jerky without the guilt. Each brand uses unique ingredients to make it's plant-based jerky delicious. This article shares some of the most common ingredients used in making these meatless treats.

Whole Soy Bean

Soy protein is a common ingredient in plant-based jerky. It gains its popularity from its ability to mimic the look, taste, and texture of meat. Most people find soy chewy with a slightly nutty flavor similar to beef jerky. Its high fiber and high protein content are especially helpful in keeping you full for longer periods because they take your body more energy to break down. Having this ingredient in plant-based jerky makes it easy to transition to a meatless diet.

Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce

Sodium soy sauce makes plant-based jerky a tasty, healthy alternative. It's made from water and fermented soya beans or roasted wheat flour. This ingredient also contains naturally occurring sugars to add some sweetness to the jerky. Its carbs are low on the glycemic index scale, meaning they have minimal effect on blood sugar levels. It's also incredibly low in fat, helping you stay lean and fit without sacrificing flavor. If you have salt restrictions, sodium soy sauce makes plant jerky a great choice.


Garlic is a popular plant-based jerky flavor. This savory dried snack has just the right amount of garlic with a sweet kick that won't send you running for water. The garlic in this jerky adds depth to its sweetness, making it both satisfying and flavorful. It also makes it a great companion for a cocktail.

Balsamic Vinegar

This ingredient adds the perfect amount of tang to plant-based jerky, making it one of the most popular flavors. It's sweet and savory all at once, with an intense balsamic flavor that keeps your taste buds intrigued. It's also a great source of antioxidants and has a low glycemic index.

Brown Sugar

Brown sugar gives plant-based jerky a rich flavor and a hint of sweetness. Some companies use molasses or cane sugar in their brown sugar. It's usually added to the marinade, although some companies use it as part of their coating. The biggest benefit to using brown sugar over white sugar in a plant-based jerky recipe is that it makes it easy to control how sweet or salty the finished product tastes. It can also add a rich caramel color and enhance the umami flavor.

Pineapple Juice

Pineapple is an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese. It is also a good source of thiamin, niacin, vitamin B-six as well as dietary fiber. It gives plant-based jerky a sweet kick. This fruit is common with many vegan diets because it has little to no fat, cholesterol, or sodium. It's also low in calories and high in water.

Lemon Juice

Lemon is a common ingredient in many recipes around the world. It's also a great meat tenderizer, which is one reason why it works so well as an alternative to traditional marinades for making plant-based jerky. Lemon juice can be used on its own or combined with other ingredients like soy sauce, spices, and oils. For best results, brands usually use juice from fresh lemons.

Black Pepper

Plant-based jerky gets its peppery flavor from black pepper. This spice is made from the dried, unripe fruit of Piper nigrum. Commonly known for its medicinal purpose and culinary use, it's a great addition to jerky. It's high in antioxidants and is anti-inflammatory, making it great for your heart health. It also helps with digestion by stimulating gastric juices that break down food better.

What Can You Eat with Plant-Based Jerky?

Preparing plant-based jerky requires a little planning. Although you can eat it on its own, it can be a great addition to several dishes. Vegan plant-based beef or turkey jerky can be paired with crackers, pretzels, rice cakes, bagel crisps, or tortilla chips. You can also serve it as a side with salads, wraps, soups, and sandwiches for lunch or dinner. Apart from that, you can use it in place of beef or pork in tacos and burritos for a tasty, healthy meal. If you're looking for a main course option with this type of jerky, try adding it to pasta, rice dishes or stir-fries.

Where to Get Plant-Based Jerky

There are many places where you can get plant-based jerky. You could go to the grocery store or shop for it from online retailers who will ship it right to your doorstep. If you choose to buy it through an online retailer, ensure you read reviews and check return policies.

Arizona Jerky Co. plant-based jerky is always available to buy directly on our online shop. Our 100% Plant-based Jerky is the key to having more energy, greater adventures, and creating a positive impact on the environment.


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