by | Mar 4, 2021 | For Dad, Z

Last Updated: Oct 19, 2021 @ 10:30 am.

What are the best gift baskets with jerky? We asked our dad readers for their favorites and then did some taste testing. We looked for presentation, value and, of course, best taste. Here are the ones we'd recommend.

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Here at the home office, we take our popcorn seriously.

We’ve tried all the standard ways of making popcorn—stovetop, air-popped, microwave and more. 

Along the way, we’ve learned these key secrets to amazing popcorn:

• Toppings are essential. The butter toppings reviewed below are essential for great air-popcorn . . . that’s because salt won’t stick as well.

• Not any salt will do. The best popcorn salt is FINELY ground. Forget Kosher salt or other coarsely ground salt—it won’t stick. Later in this article, we’ll recommend a salt plus topping combo that is a fave.

• Topping or popping? All the top popcorn butters in this article can either be used topping or popping—that is, oil to pop kernels!

Here are our top popcorn butter options:

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Best Presentation

Surprise, it's meat!
We're not sure what we loved more here: the 10 samples of super tasty jerky (our favorite: black pepper). Or the super sharp looking heart-shaped box. Caveat: expensive for small size jerky treats.
$39.99 ($8.00 / Ounce)

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Best Variety of Flavors

Good quality and value
Loved the dozen different flavors here, from traditional flavors (pork rinds) to the more exotic (ostrich, anyone?). Our favorite: chipotle jerky had a nice kick.
$37.99

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Best Meat Sticks

Delicious, rich flavors
Yes, this bouquet is technically not jerky—they are meat sticks. And boy are they tasty! Caveat: shipping box gives away what's inside!
$59.99 ($3.00 / Ounce)

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Best Budget-Friendly

Made in the USA
If you like sweet jerky flavors, this is the box for you. We loved the honey BBQ stick and orange honey teriyaki best. Nice feature: larger size packs than others we tried.
$29.99 ($7.50 / Count)

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Looking for the Best Beef Jerky Gift Baskets: Our Advice & Tips

Beef jerky is on the list of all-time great guy gifts for a good reason—who doesn’t like jerky? 

If you’re looking for a gift for a dad, husband or boyfriend, beef jerky gift baskets are a sure-fire hit. We asked our dad readers for their favorites . . . and we got a plethora of suggestions! 

From there, we did some testing. Below are the ones we liked the best.

FYI: Before buying these gift baskets, keep a few tips in mind:

• Some baskets are jerky, others are more like beef sticks. We know they are two different kinds of treats, but many folks uses these terms interchangeably. We’ll note which basket has which type below.

• The surprise may be given away. Some beef jerky gift baskets come in a box that announces what they are . . . and that can be a bummer if you were planning a surprise!

• Don’t expect a side of beef. Most beef jerky gift baskets only contain a few ounces of jerky. And that disappointed some folks who thought there should be more value here. We see that point, but we also looked for the best overall quality here . . . and sometimes that was a box that had a small quantity of jerky.

Ok, enough tips! Here are our favorite picks:

Why Trust Us

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Here’s another key point: we don’t take money from the brands we review. No free samples, no sponsors, no “partnerships.” Our work is 100% reader-supported!

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