“Tommy’s Jerky Outlet,” opened their doors about a year and a half ago, but we still consider them to be new to our city. They are located at 7561 Pearl Road here in Middleburg Heights.
If you are like me, the first question you are going to ask is, “What the heck is Jerky?”
Jerky is any type of meat, which has been cured with a salt solution and has had the moisture in it reduced to at least less than 50% of its total. Jerky is becoming a popular snack food that has a long shelf life and a unique flavor. It’s also promoted as a low calorie, low cholesterol and low fat nutritious food that is high in protein.
The invention of Jerky and this meat processing technology is attributed to Native Americans who would smoke-dried meat to preserve it. And it’s too bad that they didn’t package their product way back then because according to Nielsen ScanTrack data meat snack sales soared 10.3% to $945.52 million in 2011 with Jerky making up 39.6% of those sales.
The original store “Tommy’s Jerky,” opened about five years ago in Chardon, Ohio. Owners of the Middleburg Heights store, James and Valentina, thought that the Chardon Jerky store was a magnificent idea and it inspired them to open their own store just like it. They choose Middleburg Heights because they thought the city was appealing for several reasons. The first was the easy access to the entire west and south west side of town. Secondly, very friendly people in the community and thirdly that the city really seemed to run well.
Tommy’s Jerky Outlet carry’s over 50 flavors of Jerky including Buffalo, Elk, Venison, Alligator, Turkey, Sausage, Beef, Pork, Wild Boar and Ostrich.
(On a side note, and just so I keep you completely aware…these animals that I have mentioned above are not being found or hunted here in Middleburg Heights.)
For hunters, meat lovers and cowboy’s a little slice of heaven starts here. For those looking for something unique and a bit softer stop in and check out their barbeque deep fried peanuts, homemade caramel corn and sweetly scented Swan Creek Candle Collection!
Tommy’s Jerky Outlet certainly adds some spice to the Middleburg Heights community- stop in and see for yourself!