Free Jerky! Do We Need to Say More?

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Free jerky.

Do I need to say more?

I can honestly say I’ve never met someone who doesn’t like jerky. A traveler, hiker or camper in particular will tell you how much of a lifesaver this salty, protein-packed snack can be.

Luis Ramallo and his family knew that when they founded Alien Fresh Jerky in 2000. The original store lived in Crystal Springs, Nevada, and later moved to its current location in Baker, California. You can also shop for their jerky online.

Because buying anything new online can be a gamble — and paying the typical $6-$10 for a bag of jerky makes this a pricy gamble — Alien Fresh Jerky is offering free samples.

Free Samples of Jerky

The company has a variety of cleverly-named flavors of beef jerky, plus a Sweet Pork and one original Turkey Jerky. The latter is not available to sample, but the rest of the 17 flavors are.

Flavors range from a mild-sounding Honey Teriyaki to one called Colon Cleaner Hot. Oh boy. Not sure I want to imagine how spicy that might be.

According to the website, Alien Fresh is more than jerky. Stop in on a trip between Las Vegas and California for “healthier snack alternatives for the road warrior,” including nuts, trail mixes, dried fruits, stuffed olives, honey and souvenirs.

There doesn’t seem to be a limit… though I’ll have to confirm that when my samples actually arrive.

It looks like this is a fairly small site that isn’t used to a high volume of requests for samples. Now that the word is out, they may have trouble fulfilling sample requests.

They should contact you to let you know the status of your order if this is the case; it may just take longer than expected for your free jerky to arrive.

But for now… free jerky for all, it seems.

Your Turn: Seriously, can you name someone who doesn’t like jerky?

Dana Sitar (@danasitar) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s written for Huffington Post,, Writer’s Digest and more.