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Glenn McElfreshBy Glenn McElfresh
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Glenn McElfreshBy Glenn McElfresh
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About

“Bos Creek Preserved Meats are 100% handmade and incredibly delicious. We use all natural ingredients without any nitrates/nitrities or MSG.”

We're running this Kickstarter campaign to bring the tastiest and healthiest, preservative-free grass-fed beef jerky, salmon candy, and smoked pork loin to a larger audience. All of our animals are pasture-raised on very high quality food sources (no soy, no corn, no GMOs) that results in the best tasting preserved meats.

At the Bos Creek, we’re just a couple of guys who really get excited about great food and great meat. Bacon, steaks, sushi, roast chicken, it doesn't matter what we're about to eat, as long as we have fresh ingredients, the meat comes from animals raised the right way, and the dishes are cooked to perfection. We’ve spent the past year focused on bringing everyone the best quality pork, chicken, and beef at theboslife.com, but we understand that the best time to eat a steak might not be 10:30 in the morning. Now, we have a solution to that problem. We're using this Kickstarter campaign to bring our salmon candy, smoked pork loin, and wet-aged beef jerky nationwide.

The last time we were out on the Montana ranch getting our equipment ready to fly fish, our team's operations man, Travis, reached into his ice chest and took out some meat treats he had been working on. He didn’t say much. Instead, he cut off portions for each of us to try and let the meat speak for itself. Travis gave us smoked salmon candy, smoked pork loin, and the best beef jerky any of us had ever had. The whole experience was incredible. There we were overlooking a beautiful landscape covered in green grass, beautiful evergreens, and tall snow capped mountains against the big, blue Montana sky, while eating delicious treats raised on the land in front of us. We knew we had to share this experience.

The Ranch near Bozeman, Montana
The Ranch near Bozeman, Montana
The Four Amigos- Derek our rancher, Travis our supply guy and producer of all the preserved meats, Erik our chef, and Ken the founder.
The Four Amigos- Derek our rancher, Travis our supply guy and producer of all the preserved meats, Erik our chef, and Ken the founder.

Now here’s some more information about each of the snacks. 

Wild Alaskan Coho Salmon Candy
Wild Alaskan Coho Salmon Candy

This smoked salmon is a healthy and pure-protein energy explosion. It is full of omega-3 fatty acids and is a great heart-healthy snack. The process starts with sustainably caught, wild Alaskan Coho Salmon marinating in a special brine of juices and spices for 48 hours. After the brine, the salmon is dried for 24 hours and hot smoked over natural hickory wood for a texture and flavor profile that will keep you wanting more.

Natural Montana Smoked Pork Loin
Natural Montana Smoked Pork Loin

The pork starts out on a small family farm tucked into a valley in southwestern Montana surrounded by majestic mountains soaring up to 10,000 feet above sea level. The air and water where the pigs are allowed to roam is clean and pure. The pigs wander around the pasture and head to shelter when they want to. The boneless pork loins are smoked fresh and chilled for two days. After the loins are chilled, a master butcher hand cuts the loins into boneless chops, rubs them with Travis' signature S&S (sweet and spicy) rub, and pan sears them to caramelize the rub. We never knew smoked loins could taste this good.

Here is our crown jewel: Bos Creek Beef Jerky. 

Montana Flank Steak Strips
Montana Flank Steak Strips
Grass-Fed Means Grass-Fed
Grass-Fed Means Grass-Fed

This is the best jerky you will ever eat! Our wet-aged beef jerky comes from the beautiful Black Angus steers in our video and the picture above.  The cows have all the freedom they want to graze in the lush grass below the Beartooth Mountain Range. In order to make the best jerky, we start with a cut of meat that is better than what most jerky producers use-- flank steak. We decided to use flank steak, because it retained the most flavor and had the best texture. To achieve a great flavor, we use a subtle blend of sweet and spicy to create a lasting flavor that leaves you wanting more. After the 72 hour brine in a variety of spices the flank strips are then smoked and ready to enjoy.

Why do we wet age all of our meat? We want to keep our products as close to their natural state as possible. This means no preservatives like MSG, nitrates and nitrites, and other preservative that are typically found in other jerkies. Additionally, wet-aging meats ensures the flavor profile of each snack, leaving our meat rich and more tender than dry-preserved meats.

Once the food shock wore off, we started getting down to business about what it would take to make these high protein snacks readily available. Travis has the capacity to produce large quantities, but he needs more raw product from Derek to make all of these snacks. Luckily, our suppliers have more than enough cattle, salmon, and pigs to allow Bos Creek to offer this in a commercial quantity. So it's on us (Glenn and Ken) to take this food from the farms to your table. We need your help to make this possible.

Our $10,000 goal will help Travis and the rest of our team in Montana get enough supplies to fulfill a large order, to the tune of thousands of pounds. Your contribution will help fund the further development of our E-commerce website, switch to eco-friendly packaging, build our Youtube channel with Chef Erik Sun, and execute our marketing plan which includes another informative video, search engine optimization (SEO) and advertising. Ultimately, your contributions to the Bos Creek Kickstarter Campaign will help us provide tastier and healthier snacks to more people.

Here’s some more about our reward items and trips:

Bos Creek Recipe

Chef Erik Sun will make a recipe for a meal that he will only release to our Kickstarter backers. It will be a Bestia-quality meal and is guaranteed to taste great.

Bos Creek Stickers

Designed locally in Madison, WI
Designed locally in Madison, WI

Bos Creek T-shirts

Our final design is still up in the air, but here is a rough draft.

Limited just to our Kickstarter Backers and hand-printed in Madison, WI at Screen Door Studios
Limited just to our Kickstarter Backers and hand-printed in Madison, WI at Screen Door Studios

The Hedley and Bennett x Bos Creek Apron

These aprons, handmade by LA locals Hedley and Bennet, will feature the Bos Creek leaf above the thermometer pocket.

Handcrafted and guaranteed to age gracefully.
Handcrafted and guaranteed to age gracefully.

 Bos Creek Meats

Along with the jerky, we'll send you meats as featured on The Bos Life

Some ribeye ready for the skillet
Some ribeye ready for the skillet
Ground beef before and after.
Ground beef before and after.
Some top sirloin chopped up for a stir-fry
Some top sirloin chopped up for a stir-fry

Hemd X Bos Creek Nomad Bag

Limited edition only for our Kickstarter backers! Get this eco-friendy and stylishly upcycled Hemd bag featuring a cloth patch with the Bos Creek leaf on the center pocket. Each bag is one-of-a-kind because they are made out of used, Indonesian coffee bags. This is as stylish and functional as upcycling comes. They'll be running their own kickstarter campaign soon, but check them out here.

With the Bos Creek leaf in the lower left.
With the Bos Creek leaf in the lower left.

 Bestia x Bos Creek Dinners

Dining room at Bestia
Dining room at Bestia

A dinner with Erik Sun at Bestia is guaranteed to be an incredible dining experience. Your backing will give you an unforgettable meal and a chance to talk with one of the best and brightest minds in the restaurant world. Just this month, Bestia was voted as the best new restaurant in Los Angeles, read about it here. We don't know exactly what Erik will cook, but we can guarantee it will taste great. Here are some examples of Erik Sun caliber meals: 

Oxtail Vaccinara + Casarecce
Oxtail Vaccinara + Casarecce
Another incredible pasta dish
Another incredible pasta dish
Apple Tart
Apple Tart

 The Bos Creek Ranch Trip

To show that we are truly committed to connecting your to your food, we are offering a trip to the ranch to get a first-hand look at what goes in to raising sustainable cattle. You'll see soaring mountains, the green grass where the animals graze, and rivers teeming with fish. You'll also learn the history behind the ranch and how Derek's great-grandfather settled the homestead. Chef Erik Sun will prepare a multi-course dinner that will give you plenty of time to ask any questions about our company, vision, and processes. There will be opportunities to fly fish, horseback ride, and explore the ranch on horseback. You'll be staying in a ranch house that's been on the land for nearly a hundred years but has been updated with all the modern amenities. We hope to see you there!

The Ranch House
The Ranch House
Maybe you'll catch your dinner
Maybe you'll catch your dinner
Erik Sun will be there to be sure we eat VERY well.
Erik Sun will be there to be sure we eat VERY well.

Risks and challenges

Like any Kickstarter food project, we have some risks in the logistical, taste, and price department. If recent Kickstarters are any indication, jerky and other cured meats are very popular, so we are making sure that we are prepared for a large demand. We successfully run the Bos Life, a monthly subscription service for artisan meat, with a growing subscription base of nearly a hundred boxes a month. We successfully manage the logistics that go along with that business including sourcing, processing, and shipping large quantities of meats. Dried meats are slightly different, but we feel our prior experiences really set us up to handle this.
Travis is also ready to produce. As owner of Montana Fish and Game Company for over ten years, Travis knows what it takes to successfully handle demand and put in the hours to make something successful. Our meat suppliers are already aware of the potential demand we might face and can handle orders in that could produce TONS (the actual unit of weight, not a hyperbole) of these preserved meats. One big thing we struggled with early on was finding a producer who raised animals the right way AND tasted good AND could grow with us as we grew. We found them.

We understand here that you might be concerned with how we can be so confident you will enjoy how our preserved meats taste. We have this confidence because our head chef Erik Sun, check out his blog here, www.thepursuitoffood.com, wouldn’t let us sell anything unless it passes his taste test. If the success of Bestia, the Zagat-voted best new restaurant in LA where he is a partner, is any indication of how good his taste is, then we are in good hands.

We have spent the time to source everything from the stickers to the meat to the spices to the equipment before we click “Go” on this Kickstarter campaign. As we have more demand we will be able to offer the product at a lower price, but since we are small and just starting out, we have done as best we can to source our ingredients at the cheapest possible price while not compromising at all on our unique ingredient qualities. Travis already has a relationship with a USDA certified facility that is able to "meat" our ingredient needs and produce these goods the way we want them to be made. The only thing we are waiting for is you to help back us.

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    Exclusive Recipe/// Thanks for your support! As a token of our gratitude, Chef Erik Sun will write a steak dish recipe exclusively for our Kickstarter backers. This will be an E-reward in the form of a PDF. The recipe will be included as a part of all of the rewards.

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    T-shirt+Stickers/// Live the Bos Life with a limited edition Bos Creek T-shirt hand-printed at Screen Door Studios on 100% cotton in Madison, WI.

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    Snacks+Stickers+T-shirt///
    A Limited Edition Bos Creek T-shirt hand-printed on 100% cotton in Madison, WI by Screen Door Studios plus the stickers, and a quarter pound each of our grass-fed beef jerky, salmon candy, and smoked pork loin.

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    Snacks+Stickers+T-shirt+More Snacks///
    A pound each of our handcrafted grass-fed beef jerky, salmon candy, and wet-smoked pork loin plus the Bos Creek t-shirt, and stickers! This is for people who seriously enjoy preserved meats.

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    Snacks+Hedley Bennett Apron///
    Enjoy a custom hand-made apron by Los Angeles designer, Hedley and Bennett, and a quarter pound each of our grass-fed beef jerky, salmon candy, and smoked pork loin.

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    Snacks+Apron+Meat///
    We're offering 1 pound of jerky, two-10 ounce ribeye steak, an 8 ounce top sirloin steak, 2 pounds of ground beef, a 24 ounce chuck-roast and a quarter pound each of the salmon candy, and pork loin. This reward also includes one hand-made Hedley and Bennett apron. Get your red meat on!

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    Snacks+Stickers+T-shirt+Hemd Bag///
    A limited-edition custom Hemd bag just for our Kickstarter backers, the Bos Creek t-shirt, stickers, and a quarter pound each of our grass-fed beef jerky, salmon candy, and smoked pork loin.

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    Snacks+Apron+Bestia Dinner///
    Enjoy a dinner for you and a friend cooked by our resident Chef Erik Sun at the renowned Los Angeles restaurant Bestia. The meal will feature Bos Creek meats and local ingredients. Transportation to LA or Bestia not included will not be included, but a Hedley and Bennett apron and a quarter pound each of our grass-fed beef jerky, salmon candy, and smoked pork loin will be.

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    Snacks+Apron+Years Supply of Meat/// Enjoy a special limited-edition Kickstarter box of Bos Creek meats delivered fresh to your door each month for a year. The box includes two-10 ounce ribeye steak, an 8 ounce top sirloin steak, 2 pounds of ground beef, a 24 ounce chuck-roast, and a one-time shipment of a pound each of our grass-fed beef jerky, salmon candy, and smoked pork loin. As a special bonus, our resident chef, Erik Sun, will make a recipe just for you, once you tell him your favorite cut of meat.

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    Snacks+Apron+Group Dinner at Bestia/// Enjoy a special menu made and prepared just for you and 8 of your closest friends by our resident Bos Creek chef, Erik Sun, at Bestia in Los Angeles. Transportation to LA or Bestia will not be included, but two Hedley and Bennett Aprons, and a quarter pound each of our grass-fed beef jerky, salmon candy, and smoked pork loin will be.

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    Snacks+Stickers+T-shirt+Hemd Bags+Aprons+Montana Ranch Trip/// Take a once in a lifetime three-day two-night trip for you and THREE friends to tour the Bos Creek ranch in Montana. See where the cattle live, go fly fishing in the West Rosebud River and take horseback rides through Yellowstone National Park. On both nights everyone will enjoy a dinner cooked by our resident chef Erik Sun. Take a look at the video for a taste of what the trip will be like! Airfare, and just about every other cost you can think of, will be covered. This reward also includes two Hemd x Bos Creek Bags, two Hedley and Bennett aprons, two Bos Creek t-shirts, as many stickers as you want, and a pound each of our grass-fed beef jerky, salmon candy, and smoked pork loin.

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