Starting a Beef Jerky Business

If you want to start a beef jerky business, you will need a plan. Make sure that you have considerable knowledge when it comes to starting this type of business.

You can make use of existing recipes but over time, you must experiment on your own to offer something new and unique.

If you want to start a lucrative yet fun endeavor, you can consider opening a beef jerky business. Consumers love this food because of its beneficial protein content and great taste. The industry has exploded in the recent years since many people patronized the convenient and tasty snack. This type of business is not hard to organize and with the right knowledge, you can start earning good money from home or you own eatery.

How to Open a Beef Jerky Business?

Cities and counties have different regulations when it comes to selling food items like beef jerky. Most of the licenses or permits are specific to a certain industry and compliance is required to run a legit business. Aside from the documents or paperwork that you must accomplish, you will also be asked to pay certain fees. If you are going to start a home-based business, there is a need to consult with the zoning requirements to check if a domestic kitchen is allowed in your area. You should check with the local health department since you will most likely secure a food license. The federal government implements stringent rules when it comes to selling food that can have an immediate effect when not prepared properly.

The whole facility should be clean and free from contaminants. You will need a food dehydrator when preparing the beef jerky. Make sure that you purchase large equipment to produce large quantities of the food item. You can purchase online to take advantage of the best deals. After this, you can now purchase beef and other supplies. Find a reputed supplier to ensure that you’re getting quality beef at all times. The best way to obtain beef at a low price is by getting the through bulk orders. Try to get the top round or sirloin because these are tender cuts.

You can find many beef jerky recipes online but if you want to offer something unique, you can think of something new to offer customers. Over time, you can come up with your own recipes and flavors. You can conduct a taste test before selling them in the market. Ask your friends and family to provide an honest feedback so that you can make improvements prior to opening. Marketing your beef jerky can be challenging but the best way to do it is by visiting various stores in your area. When you have account with the different stores in your area, you can sell the products with ease. With your own store, you can produce and sell the beef jerky in one comfortable location.


  • Justin said on February 20, 2012
    Very nice article however I would like to know more in depth on regulations and on all the types of licenses. I will need to open a business in East TN. If you could email me this information and or any other information that would help me. I would really appreciate it thank you for your time.
  • Mary Lussier said on June 4, 2012
    Thank you for the information on this business. I was looking for more information on the USDA inspectors requirements and any other information about their mandates for ingredients and levels of moisture, etc. I am in upstate NY, Albany area. Any information or websites would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Mary
  • Rudy Wilhite Jr said on December 30, 2012
    I would like to know what hoops and hurdles i am going to have to jump through to be able to sell jerky at little convenience stores and gas stations and possibly at flea markets i have a lot of my own recipes for jerky everyone that has tried them loved them and always asks me to make them more from sweet to hot to tangy to barbeque flavored so whats it going to cost me to start it up also any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated i am in walker county alabama thanks in advance. And also any websites that can help me out would also be greatly appreciated.
  • L. Allen said on April 8, 2013
    i want to start a jerky store, but really in need of some more info such as how big a dehydrator and how you actually make the flavors of jerky stay in the meat, and what kind of cost am i looking at to get started, and trying to find a store to rent and putting up billboard signs. any other info would be appreciated.
  • Adam said on January 5, 2014
    I am based in gold coast australia and would like to partner with someone to market and produce the best jerky in australia. We are years behind the states
  • Adam said on January 22, 2014
    Hi Adam, I would be interested in hearing more as I also want to produce and market great jerky.shoot me an email: might be able to work something out.
  • Mel said on January 25, 2014
    Hi Adam, I'm in central Qld Australia. I'm interested in starting a jerky business for my local markets. I believe there is a huge market in the local area. Is it difficult and expensive to get the correct certifications in Australia? I would love any info you could send my way.
  • bruce rasted said on April 23, 2014
    I would like to know more information on jerky business in ct
  • Dominick said on January 4, 2015
    Very helpful article however, i am still in need of more info on some of the licenses required to sell beef jerky so if you could email me with some more helpful information that would be very appreciated. I'm in NJ.
  • louis asebedo said on January 6, 2015
    Hi Adam I live in belle plaine ks 67013 I'm am very interested in starting up a jerky business. wanting to go 50 50 with a partner who on one hand has all the capital to start and has already a line up of several recipe's that has been in the making for several years any input would much be appreciated I'm a good Salesman with the neck of being able to sale you anything if it's not tied down.
  • josh tabler said on January 8, 2015
    What are the regulations of davenport iowa? Very interested in starting a business and the expected initial costs.
  • Jen said on March 1, 2015
    I rent out a kitchen in Fairhaven Mass. I have all my licenses from the town and have my liability insurance. I am wondering if I need this mandated by the state and do I need a log of the water activity and humidity?
  • Adam longairc said on April 16, 2015
    Sterling Heights. Michigan, 48312 Very interested and confused at the same time. I have my Grandmother's secret recipe and it's the best. Any help would be great!!!
  • Scott said on July 8, 2015
    Yes I would like to start a small homemade beef jerky business here in maryland and also sell online. What all will I need to do to make that happen. Thanks.
  • Kendra said on August 19, 2015
    I would like to start a food truck business selling beef jerky and hot sauces. I'm in upstate NY and I would like to get an approved food truck and sell at fairs, carnivals and festivals. we would also like to be able to travel and sell our product up and down the east coast. I see a lot of information saying we cannot do this and other information saying we need licensing and inspection. Please help me understand what this will take to get up and running. Thanks kindly
  • Cody miller said on June 29, 2016
    Hi my name is cody, i'm also looking to sell jerky from home and if someone knows all the regs and fees in WA and could help us out that would be awesome!
  • Pao khamlatthanom said on May 15, 2017
    Why is it so hard to find out the rules n regulations in my county. I been looking online for 7hrs now none of the sites is very informative . I live in brooklyn park Minnesota


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