A woman sits in a tent overlooking a remote mountain valley looking at a bag of Old Trapper beef jerky for camping

Why You Should Bring Beef Jerky for Camping

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When planning a camping trek out into the wilds, preparedness is key. Whether you’re sleeping beneath the stars for the deer hunting season or spending one night camped in your own backyard, you will need to bring the proper provisions. With the time I’ve spent wandering through nature’s greatest vistas, I’ve come to find that there’s no better fare than a good strip of delicious cured beef. And when it comes to picking the right beef jerky for camping, well, Old Trapper Beef Jerky is simply your best bet. I may not be wholly unbiased, but that doesn’t mean I’m not right. 

Two women wearing backpacks hike along a remote river carrying a bag of Old Trapper Beef Jerky, the best food for camping trips

Delicious Beef Jerky Camping Recipes

You need protein to keep you going while experiencing nature’s delights, but I’ll be the first to admit that I enjoy a little variety in my beef jerky diet. But if you’ve packed Old Trapper’s quality beef jerky for camping, you’ve got a world of culinary delights at your fingertips–as long as they all involve beef jerky. 

All you need to do is cut or tear your beef jerky into bite-sized chunks, boil a pan of water over your campfire, and let the beef jerky sit in hot water until it’s warm. From there, you can use my beef in a variety of delicious meals. Or you can simply open a bag and sprinkle beef jerky over any fare if I’m being honest.

Beef Jerky Scramble

When you’re out on the trails, you know that you can’t skimp on a good breakfast. Add an extra punch of protein to your usual morning fuel by adding some beef jerky to your eggs. I recommend adding chopped onions and pepper for a little extra variety; and if you want to get real fancy, you can even make an omelet. A beef jerky omelet. 

Peppered Beef Vegetable Hash

If you grabbed a bag of Old Trapper’s peppered beef jerky for camping on your next trip, a world of piquant goodness awaits. When dinner rolls around and you’re looking for your next meal, try cooking your beef jerky with potatoes, carrots, broccoli, or any other delicious veggie of your choice. Whether you’re roasting this meal over the fire or frying it in a skillet, a clove of fresh garlic and a tablespoon of butter will bring the whole meal together. However, don’t be surprised if it just turns into a game of find-the-jerky-in-the-veggies for your diners!

Beef Jerky Ice Cream Sundae

I’m kidding, of course–it would be a real challenge to keep ice cream cold on a camping trip. Save the BJIC for a treat on your return. Not everyone is ready for the art of extreme beef jerky cooking, but those with an adventurous palate have nothing to fear except fear itself, and perhaps the judgment of their less open-minded cohorts. Honestly, I don’t care, I think meat candy is still the best dessert of all, so be bold!

Before Eating Your Beef Jerky, Hide Your Beef Jerky

Two women share a high-five in front of a forest waterfall after discovering that Old Trapper is the best dry beef jerky for camping

One thing you have to keep in mind when packing food for camping trips is how you’re going to transport it. With its compact, airtight packaging, Old Trapper is the best dry beef jerky to carry, store, and of course, hide. There are many reasons why you might need to hide your beef jerky. Maybe you’re camping in bear country. Maybe you’re camping with a few of your dearest fellows who can’t be trusted not to sniff out and devour your precious stores of tender, smoked beef.

If necessary, I recommend filling a decoy bag with some loose sticks and tossing it into the bushes as a distraction. Or, stock up on extra Old Trapper beef jerky for camping trips, and don’t be afraid to share. The choice is all yours. No matter what, combine your tasty meat snacks with anything you want. You'll never regret the extra protein and adventure that awaits your taste buds when including beef jerky in your camping plans.