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We've added an international reward level at $40!

Plus a special "Help us meet our goal" reward for the firs 100 people to grab it! For $30 you'll get the marinating pack and one 2.5 oz (enough for 15 uses) and one 1oz (enough for 6 uses) plus 3 sample packs of what I'm testing in the kitchen for our next jerks! (Each sample has 2 uses in it!) That's enough for 27 uses!!! Plus the marinating pack:

Marinating Pack
Marinating Pack

PLUS - check out our other great rewards below!

Welcome to Buncha Jerks! We offer a premium, authentic Jamaican jerk seasoning with whole products and no fillers!

The Idea...

Have you ever looked at a seasoning blend label to see what was in the blend? You might be surprised by what you find in your seasoning! Here’s some seasoning blend ingredient labels:

The "other" spices
The "other" spices

Mmm, sounds good - doesn’t it? Not quite. There often is an ingredient called "spices" - that's it the whole ingredient is "spices." What are "spices" anyway? Shouldn’t you know what’s in your food? “Spices” could be a lot of things. I checked in with the FDA to find out just what “spices” are…I found out that generally this means it’s MSG or Citric Acid or a blend of the two. However, since it’s loosely defined, it could be any preservative that the maker doesn’t want you to know the exact blend of. How do they get away with this? Simple, the FDA considers most spices to be a “flavoring” or a “preservative” so they are allowed to have a mixed blend of “spices” without actually identifying the spice. You should know what's in your food...and your seasoning. Buncha Jerks was born from a desire to make quality, premium seasoning. You shouldn't have to wonder what's in your seasoning.

I love jerk seasoning! I have tried many jerk seasoning blends because I kept trying to find the "one" that I really liked, but I never found it. I would read the labels and see ingredients like "spices" or "bell peppers" or "red peppers" and even “paprika.” I’ve even found some where the first ingredient listed was “Pepper,” which is deceiving (because you want peppers in your jerk spice) until you open up the bottle and get a nose full of peppercorns ... if I wanted black pepper, I would have bought that instead! There should at least be some spicy peppers in there (no, peppercorn doesn’t count!), but traditionally there should be Scotch Bonnet peppers. That’s the seasoning I wanted! Where's that seasoning?

I never found it...so I made my own.

Who am I...

My name is Eric. I like cooking, but I love creating! Making something new or something better than it was is a passion of mine. I like true, bold flavors that come from cooking with whole, natural ingredients.

I've been cooking since I could pull the bowl and spoon out of the cabinets. My first creation was cookies when I was 2! Yes, it was a complete disaster, but it started my love for cooking! When I got a little older, I started making my own creations for my brothers and I. With not much food in the house, I would invent something “new” with the ingredients that we had. I even had an experience with popcorn and MSG that my family is still talking about!

When I was old enough to get a job, I started working in restaurants where I've learned lots of techniques over the years that have given me more desire to cook great food! My own kitchen is where I do most of my creating! Sometimes my mixing and creating doesn’t exactly bring out the flavor I’m going for…but sometimes my creations are great and go way beyond my expectations!

Buncha Jerks...

Good food is seasoned well! The food you create is only as good as the seasoning you have. I was surprised to find that so many manufactures of seasoning use so much filler to make their product larger and charge more for it. That's not what we're doing here! We’re using natural ingredients for authentic flavor.

Authentic:

I’ve done my research! In addition to providing natural ingredients, I wanted to be sure that the ingredients in this jerk seasoning were native to the products that are found on the island of Jamaica. After all, jerk seasoning is native to Jamaica, so the ingredients in it should be as well.

Natural:

My natural ingredients
My natural ingredients

Our product has 6 natural ingredients, no filler! You get Scotch Bonnet peppers, all spice, salt, sugar, thyme and cinnamon. That’s it! You’ll never be surprised with what’s in our seasoning!

I start with whole, real Scotch Bonnet Peppers and dehydrate them for quality and taste. No bell peppers! Sometimes the Habanero pepper is substituted for the Scotch Bonnet pepper since they are about the same in heat. However, the Scotch Bonnet pepper is different from the Habanero pepper because it provides the seasoning a little fruity flair. Scotch Bonnet Peppers are native to Jamaica and it's where we purchase them from. After dehydrating them we grind them up for use in our seasoning.

Peppers to Flakes
Peppers to Flakes

Our other ingredients are purchased whole so we can grind them ourselves to ensure that there are no fillers or additives in our seasoning. This allows us to give a great seasoning that is suitable to be used as a rub, directly into your cooking pan or even as a marinade.

The Natural Difference:

Using whole, natural ingredients makes a huge difference in taste. Some of the popular name brand jerk seasonings require 3 tablespoons(!) of their seasoning per 1 pound of meat or fish! Lots of filler means you need to use lots of product!

My seasoning works with the natural flavors of our ingredients and only requires ½ of a tablespoon per 1 pound of meat or fish. You will use 6 times more seasoning with those other seasonings than you will with mine.

Good things come in small packages!

My seasoning is packaged in three sizes, 1oz, 2.5 oz and 4 oz jars. These sizes may seem smaller than what other companies are selling, but check out how our product stacks up against other spices:

My 1 oz jar has enough for 6 uses (at the recommended usage)My 2.5 oz jar has enough for 14 uses
My 4 oz jar has enough for 20 uses!

Clearly whole, natural ingredients without the filler make all the difference! You will notice the difference when you use Buncha Jerks seasoning!

Get Involved…

Want to get involved with Buncha Jerks? There are several ways to get involved!

Connect with us! I want to be able to share with you our ideas and hear your ideas too! You can find me on Facebook and Twitter and Google +. Stop by my Blog and get updates on what’s going on! Got questions - we're on Skype at buncha.jerks to answer them anytime!

Share Us! We’d love for you to share Buncha Jerks with your friends, family and co-workers! Share us on Facebook and Twitter.You can send them an email or even just call them on the phone! We appreciate your help in spreading the word!

Support Us! You’re pledge to support our venture would be great! We have lots of rewards to thank you for your support! Check out our rewards here:

Rewards...

We’re excited to have put together some great rewards! We want you to experience natural seasoning and see the difference it makes! Not a spicy food fan? No worries, we’ve formulated a mild and medium version of our spice as well! We still use the same whole ingredients, but less of the spicy peppers!

Here’s a breakdown of our rewards:

Thanks! - For your pledge of $1, we’ll send a super shout out on our blog and social media networks saying thanks. Plus you’ll stay connected to the project and get updates on how we’re doing!

Salt - For your pledge of $5 you’ll get a Limited Edition (produced just for the Kickstarter backers) handwritten Thank You card and a special “I backed the project” sticker.

All Spice - For you pledge of $15 we’ll send you the Limited Edition, handwritten thank you card, the “I backed the project” sticker, our Buncha Jerks Digital Cookbook (for digital download delivery) and one 1oz bottle of the seasoning of your choice. (You can choose from Mild, Medium and Hot).

Cinnamon - For your pledge of $25 we’ll send you the Limited Edition, handwritten thank you card, the “I backed the project” sticker, our Buncha Jerks Digital Cookbook, two 1oz seasonings of your choice and .5oz sample of a spice that is still in development.

Thyme - For your pledge of $35 we’ll send you the Limited Edition, handwritten thank you card, the “I backed the project” sticker, our Buncha Jerks Digital Cookbook and three 1oz seasonings of your choice.

Sugar - For your pledge of $50 we’ll send you the Limited Edition, handwritten thank you card, the “I backed the project” sticker, our Buncha Jerks Digital Cookbook, three 2.5oz seasonings of your choice and a sampler box that contains 6 samples of spices still in development. Plus you'll get our Promo Bag! (Sampler packets are “top secret” and will only be given out in sampler boxes available for the Kickstarter project. You’ll be able to give your opinions on these samples and vote on which ones you’d like to see as full size offerings!).

Promo Bag  - added to all rewards starting at the $50 level!
Promo Bag - added to all rewards starting at the $50 level!

Limes - For your pledge of $80 we’ll send you the Limited Edition, handwritten thank you card, the “I backed the project” sticker, our Buncha Jerks Digital Cookbook, three 3.75oz seasonings of your choice, a sampler box and a LIMTED EDITION T-shirt! Plus you'll get the Promo Bag! This T-shirt will ONLY be available for the Kickstarter backers starting at the $80 level and higher. This design will never be sold in stores!

Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE design! Not sold in stores! Only 30 of these will be printed!
Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE design! Not sold in stores! Only 30 of these will be printed!

Scotch Bonnet Peppers - For your pledge of $250 we’ll send you the Limited Edition, handwritten thank you card, the “I backed the project” sticker, our Buncha Jerks Digital Cookbook, three 3.75oz seasonings of your choice, the sampler box, the Limited Edition t-shirt PLUS…you will receive one 2.5oz product of your choice every month for 1 year, you will enjoy 30 day early purchase option on all new products and be an official product tester (giving input on all new products) for 1 year. Plus you'll get the Promo Bag!

VIP Jerk- For your pledge of $500 we’ll send you the Limited Edition, handwritten thank you card, the “I backed the project” sticker, our Buncha Jerks Digital Cookbook, three 3.75oz seasonings of your choice, the sampler box, the Limited Edition t-shirt signed by the Buncha Jerks creator. PLUS…. You will receive one 3.75oz product of your choice every month for 1 year, you will enjoy 30 day early purchase option on all new products and be an official product tester. ALSO, as a VIP, you will get to work with the Buncha Jerks creator to create a new limited edition Kickstarter jerk and name it. And as a special thank you, we’ll send you a bottle of Jerk Seasoned Cooking Oil, which is not due to come out until the end of the year! Plus you'll get the Promo Bag!

Here’s a quick grid of our reward levels:

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Please Note: You will not be charged unless we meet our funding goal! If we are successful, your payment will be made on April 19th!

What else?

This is just the beginning of the creativity! As I said earlier, I love to create in my kitchen! I’m always thinking of new jerks! Already slated for production are ‘Holiday Jerks,’ ‘Seasonal Jerks,’ Jerk Cooking Oil and even “Jerk Squared” (that’s jerky flavored jerk!)!

This is just the beginning and I’m inviting you to be able to come along and expand with me! Our top two levels will get you a spot on the product testing team. You’ll have direct input on the direction of what comes to market … and what should stay in the kitchen J

What's the money for?

In order to share this seasoning with the world we need to be able to make some significant purchases.

Dehydrator - We need to be able to purchase a larger dehydrator. Currently we can dehydrate 1 pound of peppers in 16 hours. We need to purchase an industrial dehydrator that will allow us to dehydrate 6 pounds in 6 hours. This will enable us to increase production.

More Peppers - We purchase peppers direct from Jamaica. They are flown here and we pick them up at the airport. In order to offset the cost of air freight shipping, we need to be able to purchase the peppers in bulk (like 200 lbs at a time!).

Future Development - The funding will also allow us to expand for more flavors as well finish the production of the Jerk Seasoned Cooking Oil. I have lots of ideas in the “think tank” but will need to be able to source specific ingredients for those ideas.

Big Goals…

I’m ready to share Buncha Jerks with the world and this is just the start! The funding amount of this campaign is just to get started, but I want to do more and I want you to catch the vision with me! In light of that, I’m not going to wait to create stretch goals. Here’s what we can do if we’re funded above the original project amount:

Original Project Amount: $3750.00

If we reach $5500.00 - We can take Buncha Jerks to local food markets, fairs and local grocers to get more jerks to more people!

If we reach $10,000.00 - We can rent space for a commercial kitchen with LOTS more room and be able to purchase an additional dehydrator. This will mean we can produce far more product and support a larger demand.

If we reach $15,000.00 - We can begin to bring Buncha Jerks to food markets, fairs and grocers on a regional level.

If we reach $25,000.00 - We can begin to source all of our products on an organic level. This means we would partner with farm families that would be able to produce our 6 ingredients and we would dehydrate them.

If we reach $50,000.00 - We can begin to bring Buncha Jerks to food markets, fairs and grocers on a national level.

If we reach $100,000.00 - We can purchase our own commercial kitchen complete with several dehydrators, grinders and a packing station.

Our commitment to you, our consumer, is that no matter how large we grow, we will continue to put the same care and attention into our jars as we are now. We will never produce seasoning with preservatives, which means our bottles won’t be sitting in a warehouse for months before you order it. We’re committed to excellent, whole, natural seasoning blends.

Thank you!

A big Thanks to you for taking the time to check out our product and support #bunchajerks! We hope you will support our project and see the difference that whole, natural ingredients will make in your cooking.

Many thanks to Josiah at Josiah Thorngate Media who was incredibly patient with my lack of knowledge for what goes into making a video! Plus he did an excellent job on video! And to Graphics Design by Tara who worked tirelessly with me to bring my graphics to life!

A big thanks to my family and friends who support me and get excited about everything with me! Your support means everything!

Kickingitforward.org is a great way to keep Kickstarter dreams going! I'm a Kickstarter backer and I've found some amazing stuff on this site from some highly talented people! As part of the "Kicking it Forward" campaign, I will invest 5% of my profits from this campaign into other Kickstarter projects!

Risks and challenges

I have spent hours in research in order to keep risks to a minimum after the project is successfully funded.

I have created relationships with my vendors, letting them know what I want to expand and confirmed their availability to supply on a greater scale.

The most vulnerable part of my fulfillment of my post-Kickstarter rewards will be getting a large load of peppers in from Jamaica. My supplier currently sends large loads for restaurants and can handle the load. However, no one can predict the weather, which would be the only foreseeable delay.

As with any naturally made product, the color of peppers available in the shipment can cause the spice blend to be different colors. This confirms how truly unique my blend is and that it is made with natural ingredients.

Through my research of previously successful Kickstarter projects, I have found that one of the biggest demands to time is not having enough resources to fulfill the demand from the campaign and its rewards. I’ve teamed up with a great business coach to help project and plan for what we will face when my project is complete. We have streamlined the best way to get and fulfill orders in the most efficient way possible and should be able to get rewards out well ahead of schedule. We have formulated a plan to bring in extra workers to help package and ship if needed. In short, with your help, we expect to be successful and have planned for a large number of orders. If needed we have a plan to bring in extra workers so that we can meet our deadline to you, our backers!

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    [[SCOTCH PEPPERS]] With your pledge of $250 we'll send you a limited edition Buncha Jerks Thank You card and special "I backed the project" sticker, the Buncha Jerks Digital Cookbook and (3) 3.75oz (enough for 60 uses!!) product of your choice and a sampler box which includes samples of products still in production! You will also get LIMITED EDITION t-shirt. This t-shirt will ONLY be for Kickstarter backers and will be never be sold in the store. You will also get your choice of (1) 2.5 oz product every month for 1 year. You'll enjoy a 30 day early purchase option for all new products and be an offical product tester for 1 year! + PROMO BAG

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    [[VIP JERK]] With your pledge of $500 we'll send you a limited edition Buncha Jerks Thank You card and special "I backed the project" sticker, the Buncha Jerks Digital Cookbook and (3) 3.75oz (enough for 60 uses!!) product of your choice and a sampler box which includes samples of products still in production! You will also get LIMITED EDITION t-shirt signed by the Buncha Jerks creator! This t-shirt will ONLY be for Kickstarter backers and will be never be sold in the store. You will also get your choice of (1) 3.75 oz product every month for 1 year. You'll also enjoy a 30 day early purchase option for all new products and be an official product tester! In addition, we'll work with you to create our Limited Edition "Kickstarter Jerk" and you will get to name it! We'll also send you a bottle of our still in production Jerk Seasoned Cooking Oil. + PROMO BAG

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