Not long ago, the idea of jerky might conjure up an image of meat sticks tightly wrapped in plastic, but that notion has morphed into strips of meat with a more tender texture. If someone had told you jerky would be one of the hottest trends in food products a few years back, you might have thought they were jerking your chain.
In addition to beef jerky, turkey, chicken, bison, and bacon have joined the pack. Also new to this list is salmon, whose appeal as a protein source makes it a darling among pescatarian, Paleo, and gluten-free followers and anyone else looking for a new snack to munch on. The time is ripe for salmon to swim into the snack aisle as the next big thing in jerky.