Imagine paper-thin, almost translucent slices of tender prosciutto. First, make them crispy. Not crispy as in hard and brittle, but crispy and meltingly delicate. THEN, make them from grass-fed beef. Are you salivating yet? Finally, sprinkle on some black pepper. Done. Dig into these Grassfed Beef Crisps from Double Check Provisions. Snack-sized bags of ultra-thin, ultra delicate beef jerky seasoned only with salt and black pepper, made from sustainable locally-sourced beef. Amazingly good no matter your location.
There's nothing wrong with regular, chewy, toothsome beef jerky. Jerky is tasty and for the most part pretty healthy (unless lots of sugar is added, of course). But there are so many styles it is either difficult to choose (or a blessing in that you can find exactly what you want). And sometimes what I want is no sore jaw after my jerky snack.
Here's something you might not know: making jerky crispy and paper-thin that doesn't need to be gnawed on or labored over is actually a thing in the Southwest, where the high and dry desert air lends the perfect environment.
Arizona, like New Mexico, has a thing for this crisp beef jerky, so we've found an amazing source: Double Check Provisions. Their Grassfed Beef Crisps are made from just two or three ingredients total, and carry all the robust flavor and nutrition of their impeccable beef. I'm a huge fan of the Black Pepper variety. Like the Smoked Sea Salt, they contain pretty much only grass-fed beef, but with a dash of salt and a sprinkling of black pepper, this flavor is freakishly good.
Just tasting them is an experience. Gaze upon the Black Pepper packaging. Open the elegant paper sack (complete with zipper closure just in case you don't inhale these little morsels in one go), and reach inside. Fetch one piece - a wafer-thin slice so light it floats up to your mouth. Close your jaw and allow the crisp to release its flavor. Beefy.... salty (just a little).... dreamy. This is what all that jaw-aching jerky dreams about becoming one day. Just like the thinnest of potato chips, these beef crisps are snackable and darn near habit-forming. Oh, and oh-so-much healthier than those potato chips.
Each 1oz bag is dried from a full 1/4 lb of grassfed beef and contains 19g of protein – a minimalist when it comes to weight, but an over-achiever with respect to protein and nutrition. Did we mention they’re Paleo-friendly? With only 2-3 simple ingredients, and no added preservatives, even the most discerning label-readers will be happily impressed!
- Made from grass-fed beef and salt, with or without black pepper
- Preserved through drying, not chemicals or anything harsh
- Beef raised on open pastures and fed ONLY grass
- No additives
- Sourced from locally-raised animals, supporting local ranchers
- Supports local jobs and small-scale food processors
Because this is not merely jerky but a delicate meat treat, there are many ways to enjoy.
"We began selling grassfed beef from Double Check Ranch in local farmers’ markets nearly 20 years ago, long before it was “discovered” by the mainstream. We have been part of a movement within agriculture to establish management ties with natural systems instead of in contradiction. This movement is exemplified by an aversion to monocultures and a preference for diversity in all aspects of our operations.
We believe that systems are more stable when they are supported from the bottom up instead of being “pushed” from the top down. This philosophy has been embraced by a new foods movement, a kind of renaissance in the way that we eat. Recognizing that lowest price is not always the best value, this movement has been spurring the resurgence of pasture-based grazing, organic farming, and local farmers’ markets all over the country.
We noticed that wholesome jerky was practically impossible to find, let alone one that focused exclusively on grassfed beef. In the best of the entrepreneurial tradition, we saw an unfilled niche and worked to fill it. What resulted was a clean, simple, delicious alternative to the standard jerky fare.
We hope you can appreciate not only the product, but the intricate layers of community, landscapes, animal husbandry, and land stewardship which goes into it."
Land & Cattle: "We believe in raising cattle humanely and treating land with respect. Our beef is sourced from cows that live on open range, eating the kinds of grass nature intended. They are never confined in feedlots or fed grain. Our cattle are raised naturally without added hormones, steroids, antibiotics, or animal byproducts. This is ranching worth supporting."
Local Beef: "We believe regional variation is something worth emphasizing, in fact, something to be proud of. Products of the earth need to have a ‘soul,’ a distinctive identity that varies with geography. For this reason, we source only from local ranches where our jerky is sold. Look for the regional verification label on every bag of Crisps, and you’ll know exactly where the beef is coming from."
Yes, that would be Davis Graves, Director of Sustainability. The other founder, Paul Schwennesen, Director of Operations, is facial-hair free and tan like an Arizonan rancher probably ought to be.
Locally-sourced beef is paramount, as is the relationship with ranchers. That's why some of the grassfed beef is currently sourced in Arizona, and some in Montana. More might be on the way - keep watching the label!