Pemmican® Beef Jerky History

Long before there was jerky, there was pemmican.

Invented by the Métis tribe, this dried meat product was made primarily from buffalo. Pemmican® had a remarkably long life—often years—and provided a convenient food source for early travelers to stack and store. As fur trappers and explorers made their way west, they too came to realize the importance of carrying pemmican on their journeys.

Any lean game meat could be made into pemmican. Deer, elk, moose and caribou were used. The tradition was to prepare pemmican for November through February, which would help sustain the Native American tribe through the long winter months. Today, the most common byproduct of pemmican is beef jerky, still a staple on outdoor adventures.

Throughout time Pemmican® has never lost touch of our true meaning. We craft the best quality, delicious, high protein meat snacks available. Tried and true, our authentic recipe has been improved and we made sure all of our ingredients are simple and clean and most importantly, you can pronounce them! 

To all those lovers of being outdoors, the parents by the campfire,  the proud to watch youchildren’s events, the eager to share more family rites of passage, the building life-long memories they will share with their own, Pemmican is here for you!

Pemmican® is more than beef jerky. Pemmican® is and will always be the only Original.