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Old world recipes. New twists. We're not like the other guys.
Old world recipes. New twists. We're not like the other guys.
Old world recipes. New twists. We're not like the other guys.
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"If these samples from Brothers Artisanal Jerky say anything, it's that the company is certainly going to be a big hit."

Hi. My name is Phil, and we're making the best-tasting, healthy, uniquely-flavored jerky on the planet.

I've spent the past decade of my existence starting and running tech companies. I'm a big foodie and I love to cook - a trait I share with my older brother, Pierre. Long story short, a while back we stumbled on to an old family recipe for beef jerky. Super old. Civil-War-parchment-paper old. So we made some. Then we made some more. After years of tinkering, we got pretty good at it. We consulted experts in meat, farming, herbalism, chemistry, gastronomy, nutrition, and everything else under the sun. What we ended up with is the best-tasting, healthy, uniquely-flavored jerky on the planet. Science! 

We scour the earth for the best ingredients, using time-honored cooking methods that focus on health and flavor. Then we ship it fresh to your door. Thanks for spending some time with us. We're glad you're here.

We infuse iconic international and regional dishes into organic, pure, farm-raised meat. Everything authentic, everything local, ingredients shipped to us overnight if necessary. We create, taste, test, repeat, and perfect. We're always working. All we care about is infusing flavors into our healthy, portable, mind-bendingly delicious jerky. You'll be able to taste the difference. This isn't jerky. It's fuel for your body and brain. This is Brothers. 

Carolina Dip Turkey, Tom Kha Thai Turkey, & Pistachio Lemon Schwarma
Carolina Dip Turkey, Tom Kha Thai Turkey, & Pistachio Lemon Schwarma

Some notes about our product:

  • We work exclusively with Grass-Fed/Finished Beef, Organic Turkeys, and Heritage Pork. They come at a premium, but health/treatment of the animals is important to us, as it relates to what you're putting in your bodies.

  • We use only the purest ingredients available. We don't add extra preservatives or chemicals to enhance color, flavor, texture, or shelf-life. We don't need to. The other brands can own that mantle.
     
  • For thousands of years, human civilizations have cured, dried, and salted meat. Jerky was paleo before paleo was cool. Crossfit?Spinning? Triathlons? Yoga Class? We've got your clean energy needs covered. It's portable, high in nutrition, and can travel long distances without spoiling. It's the ultimate brain and body fuel.

  • Our jerky is better for you as a snack or mini-meal-replacement than almost any other food option on the market. It's also better-tasting. We feed our kids this stuff. We'll feed your kids this stuff. We don't take that responsibility lightly.
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1) First, we source the meat or substrate (if/when we expand into vegan options) from local farms. We abide by the "all local, all the time" mantra. We travel and do a tremendous amount of diligence on said farms prior to engaging in a relationship with our provider. We apply Michelin Star Restaurant-level standards of sourcing.

2) We use Japanese Steel to butcher the meat. We like knives. We're open to using German Steel but at the moment our preference is Japanese. It's sharper, and doesn't micro-bruise the meat. You probably don't care about all of this, so we'll move on. 

3) We bathe the meats in a variety of proprietary baths that we've perfected over the years. All the ingredients that go into our marinades are hand-picked, much like our meat. Some spices and sauces/solutions are quite "difficult" to get, but we've spent a lot of time figuring it out. Think small cargo planes, jungles, conflicts, and weird bugs trying to eat us alive type of stuff. Pierre has had Malaria 6 times. 

4) We marinate the meat in controlled environments, maintaining optimal levels of temperature and air quality for 3-5 days, depending on the product. We rotate and massage the mixture as needed according to oxygenation and surface-area penetration requirements. 

5) We "cook" the meat for 6-10 hours at 145° - 165°, depending on the product. We use Excalibur Dehydrators exclusively at the moment, because we find them best in class. Some products will then go on to one last stage of finishing, or rest, before vacuum-seal packaging. It's all about the flavor. 

6) We send it to your doorstep or office, as quickly as is humanly possible according to the laws of physics.

Tom Kha Thai Turkey
Tom Kha Thai Turkey

We believe in transparency - as fellow humans, as a company, and as a brand. Our goal is to make Brothers your go-to destination for all things jerky. In doing so, we'll commit to charging you fair and honest prices for our product. We buy ultra-premium ingredients for your jerky. As we obtain discounts and specials from our farmers and spice/ingredient masters, we'll pass them on to you:

The "Hook, Line, & Sinker" - Buy the stuff, try the stuff, get hooked. Then ask us for some more later. Get two (2), 2oz pouches of our custom handmade Jerky. Choose from our Original No5™, Carolina Dip, Korean BBQ, Tom Kha Thai, or Ginger Dumpling.

The "But I'm Vegan" Hi! Phil, here. I'm sorry to hear that. But I respect it. I'll personally send you a nifty Brothers logo t-shirt. If you know me, you know I'm all about the swag and soft, luxurious cotton. Plus our logo is hot fire (the foxes). You'll definitely be the coolest kid on the block when you wear it. Fire when ready, cadet. I've got your herbavorious back 100%.

 Jerky 8-Pack ($75): LIMITED FOR FIRST SUBSCRIBERS. The "Early Bird" - You're shrewd, and you know it. $25 off of our regular price and a Kickstarter exclusive/limited quantity. You get a month's supply of our jerky, in the flavors of your choosing. Eight (8) 2oz packs of deliciousness, to be enjoyed at your discretion. 2 packs/week doesn't seem like a lot to us, but we'll let you figure that out. Mix and match from our Original No5™, Carolina Dip, Korean BBQ, Tom Kha Thai, or Ginger Dumpling.

Jerky 8-Pack ($100): The "Commuter" - Your life is crazy. You work hard. You want a snack that won't weigh you down or put weird stuff in your body. Something that will tickle your brain and tastebuds. You get a month's supply of our jerky, in the flavors of your choosing. Eight (8) 2oz packs of deliciousness, to be enjoyed at your discretion. Mix and match from our Original No5™, Carolina Dip, Korean BBQ, Tom Kha Thai, or Ginger Dumpling.

Jerky 10-Pack ($125): The "Family First" - We've learned that kids between the ages of 2-18 end up stealing a lot of the jerky we ship. For swim/soccer practice, for after-school snacks, for a treat. This will take care of everyone for about a month. Sharing is caring. Mix and match ten (10) 2oz packs from our Original No5™, Carolina Dip, Korean BBQ, Tom Kha Thai, or Ginger Dumpling.

Jerky 12-Pack ($150): The "Late-Night Snacker" - The day's over. You don't have to answer any more emails or texts. Time for a bit of netflix/wine/wind down. Can the ice cream and popcorn. Switch it up. Be kind to your body while still consuming deliciousness. Mix and match twelve (12) 2oz packs from our Original No5™, Carolina Dip, Korean BBQ, Tom Kha Thai, or Ginger Dumpling.

Jerky 16-Pack ($200): The "Gym Rat" - Whether it's on a Peloton, at the gym, SoulCycle, Barre, Yoga, or all of the above - this stuff is good for you and hits the spot for a boost of energy pre/post-workout. Take it on a hike. Feed your brain. Mix and match sixteen (16) packs from our Original No5™, Carolina Dip, Korean BBQ, Tom Kha Thai, or Ginger Dumpling.

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"The Office" ($400) - Jerky 40-Pack - Be kind to your team - fuel them with happy brain, happy body food. Snacks and meal replacement are expensive, and tough to agree upon - except when it comes to Brothers. Treat your crew and never look back. Best. Boss. Ever. Forty (40) 2oz packs means your team of 10 can have a couple a week. Mix and match from our Original No5™, Carolina Dip, Korean BBQ, Tom Kha Thai, or Ginger Dumpling.

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SPECIAL EVENTS/REWARDS:

Party: "The Master Class" ($1000) - Invite 6-8 of your closest friends and colleagues and The Brothers will come to you to teach you what jerky making is all about. We'll leave you as experts in the art, and risk putting ourselves out of business. We'll bring the supplies, you bring the adult beverages. This will be the most fun you've had in ages. We guarantee it.

Party: The BBQ ($5000) - Want the full Brothers experience? Receive a full year subscription to Brothers and a BBQ bash with 10 of your closest friends at your house. We'll teach you a quick class on how to make mouth-watering jerky in your home. Our team will fly out to you (continental U.S.), bring the food, and give you and 10 friends one hell of a good time.

General Tsao Turkey
General Tsao Turkey

By redeeming one of our rewards you're not locked into an ongoing monthly subscription. After you receive your shipment, you can become a monthly Brothers member if you'd like.

Our intent is to make you happy, healthy, and sated. If we do so, and consistently surprise you with quality and taste, we'll be able to keep building a company of which we are all proud. 

Korean BBQ Beef about to go for a bath
Korean BBQ Beef about to go for a bath

2oz doesn't sound like much. But when it comes to power food - great things come in small packages. If it's the right stuff, 2oz is all you need. Believe it or not, most jerky snack bags are 1-2oz. A standard serving suggestion is 1oz. The bag of chips that you usually grab in the afternoon - that we both know doesn't fill you up - is around 3oz of pure garbage. And there's a reason why it doesn't fill you up. It doesn't have any protein - which is the reason why it contributes more to your waistline than to your mind or muscles. Jerky also doesn't raise your level of insulin, a hormone that signals your body to store fat. 

2oz of Brothers is the perfect snack or mini-meal replacement. Its mouthwatering flavors will get you in the door and its protein-rich, organic, farm-raised meat will seal the deal.

We find that one package of Brothers sates our appetite under most circumstances. If we're super hungry, we'll open a second pouch and eat about half of it. To boot, our jerky is compliant with most major diets in today's market

Your support will allow us to offer more types of meat (lamb, chicken, etc.) and spread the "rethink snacking, rethink jerky" movement across America and the World. 

The "Original No5" Beef, marinated for 4 days and ready to cook
The "Original No5" Beef, marinated for 4 days and ready to cook
Clockwise From Top Left: Jeremy Levine, Tarik Trotter, Pierre Beauregard, Greg Gomer, Ryan Light, Philip Beauregard, Mike Salguero
Clockwise From Top Left: Jeremy Levine, Tarik Trotter, Pierre Beauregard, Greg Gomer, Ryan Light, Philip Beauregard, Mike Salguero

Jeremy Levine: Jeremy is the CEO of Draft, Inc. and an active angel investor hailing from New York City. Draft sold to PaddyPower in 2017. An avid sports fan, Jeremy also is a big proponent of the meats. He's been a jerky connoisseur for as long as he can remember, and actively advises Brothers in all things branding/operations. His favorite flavor is Carolina Dip Turkey.

Tarik Trotter: Better known as Black Thought, Tarik is an American rapper and the lead MC of the Philadelphia-based hip hop group The Roots, as well as an occasional actor. Black Thought, who co-founded The Roots with drummer Questlove (Ahmir Thompson), is widely lauded for his live performance skills, continuous polysyllabic rhyme schemes, complex lyricism, double entendres, and politically aware lyrics. Tarik advises Brothers on marketing and creative. His favorite flavor is the Original No5™ Turkey.

Pierre Beauregard, Chief Alchemist: Pierre is a pedant. He is also the chef de cuisine and main jerkologist at Brothers. He's a self-taught cook who lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife and two kids. Pierre is always tinkering, and encourages everyone to reach out to him at alchemy@brothersartisanal.com with questions, complaints, or flavor suggestions. His favorite flavor is the Tom Kha Thai Turkey, one of his earliest creations.

Greg Gomer: Greg is a Boston-based entrepreneur. He is currently a cofounder of real estate tech company, HqO, and a previous cofounder of BostInno & AmericanInno (acquired in 2012 by Advance Publications). Greg is a huge jerky proponent and general carnivore. He often can be found perusing the goods at your local butchery. Greg advises Brothers on product, pricing, and product fulfillment. His favorite flavor is The Original No5™ Beef. 

Ryan Light: Ryan is our native Texan, a man who knows far too much about beef and tacos alike. He is the CEO of Pistol Lake, a LA-based clothing company. Ryan advises brothers in all things creative and marketing. He is also the funniest among all of us. Ryan's favorite flavor is the Korean BBQ Beef.

Philip Beauregard, CEO/Herder of Cats: Phil is the original "brother." With a background in applied math and running venture-backed tech companies, one would think he has no idea what makes good jerky. One would be wrong. Armed only with a small industrial dehydrator and an eye-of-round, he built Brothers brick-by-brick to what it is today. He enjoys all things culinary, and can mix a mean Margarita. Phil's favorite flavor is the Ginger Dumpling, although he feels like that's almost like asking him to choose a favorite child.

Mike Salguero: Mike is the founder and CEO of ButcherBox, the fastest growing meat company in the biz. ButcherBox sources and ships the best local meat products to your door. Mike is a husband, a father, and a crossfit/healthy diet enthusiast who hails from South America and lives in Boston. He advises Brothers in sourcing and operations. Mike's favorite flavor is the Original No5™ Beef. 

Brothers Pistachio Lemon Schwarma
Brothers Pistachio Lemon Schwarma


CORPORATE CLIENTS

It turns out that we're building quite the set of corporate customers. Delicious jerky in the workplace is a thing apparently, which we find super cool. Who doesn't like clean energy delivered via a delicious snack food? We sure do. Here are some of our corporate/startup customers so far. Sign up for an "Office Package" or even one of our larger personal rewards if it suits your fancy. Best. Boss. Ever.

Risks and challenges

We're first-time jerky purveyors. We crank in our test kitchens. But what that means is operationally this will be our first rodeo getting into the foods business.

Although we're backed and advised by some of the brightest minds in industry, from sourcing to fulfillment, we still have to hike up our pants and get down to business.

We'll be working tirelessly to get our product out to you in the most efficient way possible - but at the end of the day all we care about is quality and consistency. If a batch doesn't meet our standards of excellence, into the trash heap it goes. So there is always a chance of delays in delivery and such.

We also run the risk of, but not limited to: death, taxes, poltergeists, panda bear infestations, squirrel fires ala the Great Menlo Park Squirrel fire of 2017, spontaneous human combustion, happening upon a wormhole, paralyzing incredulity at the current political landscape, and the singularity.

We'll do our best. A Brother always pays his debts.

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