Meat candy

Beef jerky, LJ’s Jerky

Illustration by TK

When a Sacramento transplant friend texts, “Have you heard of LJ’s Jerky from Sac? It’s like meat candy. It’s insane,” you sit up and pay attention. Manufactured in North Sacramento, sold by mail and carried in a few Asian markets such as Longchang Market (6241 Franklin Boulevard) and Wing Wa Seafood Market (6021 Stockton Boulevard), this luscious, crisp, sweet-and-fatty beef jerky ($5.99 for a 3-ounce bag) is rather addictive. It comes in original and spicy flavors, and the spicy is coated with chili flakes and quite hot. The website says the family recipe has been in use for over 20 years, and also that due to high demand, orders may be delayed. Various locations,—Becky Grunewald