National Jerky Day - June 12
Wed, Jun 12, 2024

National Jerky Day

If you haven’t tried jerky yet, National Jerky Day is a great opportunity to get acquainted with its interesting, rich taste and one of the oldest methods of preparing meat. Dried meat is a unique product that retains all the nutrients and energy value of the fresh product, but at the same time, has a shelf life of several months.


National Jerky Day was established in 2012 by two meat companies. The purpose of the event was quite prosaic – to increase sales, but the popularity of the dried product turned out to be so great, the holiday gradually acquired international proportions.

Now every year on June 12, the world remembers the history of how jerky came to be, talks about its nutritional value, and also offers all new recipes.

Interesting Facts

  • Dried meat is second only to chips in popularity.
  • The term ‘dried’ is taken from the language of the ancient Incas, they called the dried, salty product ‘charki’. The Spaniards somewhat changed the word, and translated into English, it meant dried meat.
  • Some Indian tribes still use curing to prepare meat; dried fruits and solid fat are added to it. The dish is called pemmican. It is nutritious and convenient when traveling.
  • Dried meat is different, it is prepared from turkey, pork, venison, crocodile, chicken, and ostrich.
  • At the end of the last century, NASA included dried meat in the diet of astronauts as a source of protein.

How to take part

The easiest way to join the National Jerky Day celebration is to visit a restaurant serving jerky dishes. If you like to cook, invite your friends and surprise them with original recipes.

If you have a drier at your disposal, make your own jerky. Don’t forget to share your progress on social media using the #NationalJerkyDay hashtag.

Many famous chefs maintain blogs and hold master classes in which you can take part.

When is National Jerky Day celebrated in 2024?

National Jerky Day is observed on June 12 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Wednesday June 12 2024
Thursday June 12 2025