By Dan Kidder
Managing Editor

Getting your jaw worn out by the average bag of jerky is one thing, but making an entire meal of nuts and berries mixed with tender select cuts of quality beef or turkey is another ball game all together.

Dick Stevens, based in Charlotte, NC, blends macadamia nuts, sunflower seeds, almonds, cranberries, and blueberries with some of the most tender smoked jerky out there, to create an amazing outdoor snack that not only tastes good, but is healthy fuel for the active outdoor lifestyle.

TheoryAvailable in four different varieties, Dick Stevens Jerky Mix uses low sodium jerky to maximize protein intake without loading you up with sodium that will leave you as dehydrated as the jerky.

To really kick up the energy potential, Dick Stevens blends their jerky much like ancient peoples made pemmican, a blend of dried meat, fat, and berries, to provide sustainable energy without the crash that often accompanies outdoor energy products.

Unlike trail mix that features a lot of sugar and carbs, Dick Stevens Jerky Mix contains only 10 grams of carbohydrates with only 7 being from sugar, per serving. While low in sugar, it is high in protein, with each one-ounce serving containing 8 grams of protein. In addition, each bag is gluten free.

Dick Stevens Original Jerky Blend contains either low sodium beef or turkey, depending upon which blend you get, raw almonds, macadamia nuts, cranberries, and blueberries. The Extreme Blend contains low sodium turkey or beef jerky, macadamia nuts, raw pecans, raw walnuts, cranberries, blueberries, sunflower seeds, and Goji berries.

ds[1]As a portable energy snack that takes up minimal room, can withstand the heat, won’t crush in a pack and turn to crumbs, these blends are the bomb. I will even admit to skipping a meal and substituting a bag of Extreme Mix when in the field or on a long drive.

I have to admit a particular fondness for the Beef Jerky Extreme Blend. I am an avid jerky muncher, but Dick Stevens has ruined me for regular old jerky. I want the delicious blend of berries, nuts, and meat that comes in each bag. If you think I am exaggerating, I dare you to try a bag and find out for yourself. I do warn you though; you may find a new addiction. Pick up a bag at your local Sportsman’s Warehouse store and see if you can break the Dick Stevens Jerky Blend addiction.