The Best Ketogenic Jerky for the Trail
What would a keto thru-hike be without dried meat? We provide low carb trail food options, but we happily recommend other keto-friendly products to supplement your daily menu while out on your adventure.
We experimented with many different varieties of jerky and sausage and other non‑perishable protein options while out on trail (see an example of one sample day). Here are our #trailtested recommendations:
After months of searching for beef jerky that wasn't loaded with sugar or carbs, we found Braaitime's Biltong. They have a TON of flavors to choose from—my favorite is the Peri Peri—and unlike many other jerky options on the market, Biltong isn't marinated in sugar, but instead is air-dried for preservation. This is our top recommendation for your next hiking or camping adventure. We can't get enough of it.
Every single day for all 2600 miles, my daily lunch included a package of Duke's Smoked Shorty Sausages. With flavors like Chorizo & Lime and Hatch Green Chile, I was able to add a bit of variety into my everyday meal plan. One package is between 1 to 3 net carbs, so these fit perfectly into my daily macros. My favorite flavor was Tomato & Basil, but that one has a few more carbs so I enjoyed it as an occasional treat.
Epic bars are another option for individually wrapped, non-perishable protein on trail. We really loved their Chicken Sriracha bars at home, though we found them too dry for day‑after‑day consumption on the trail. Still, they're a great addition for variety in your food planning.
Hopefully these are enough to get you started on your next trek! Always remember to check the nutrition information: many dried and cured meats have a ton of added sugar and carbs.
Jessie & Christopher