food

Charqs Pork Jerky Giveaway

on

It’s always fun to discover new, local, independent food producers.

Charqs, an Illinois-based pork jerky producer, has made several appearances this past year at local Chicago street festivals. They recently sent us a package of their pork jerky to sample and we were happy to see what their jerky was all about.

charqs_jerky2charqs_jerky3

We received a resealable package of the pork jerky. The texture was nice, not stiff like cardboard and not rubbery either. The taste reminded us of Chinese pork jerky, or bak kwa, the BBQ dried meat that’s popular during Lunar New Year. Looking at the ingredients, there’s definitely some similarity. The basic Chinese pork jerky recipe uses pork, soy sauce, rice wine, sesame oil, fish sauce, honey, five spice, salt and pepper. Commonly prepared by grilling over charcoal. The variations depends on the type of pork used and the exact proportions of the marinate and seasonings. Some are sweeter. Some are smokier. Some may even add food coloring to give it more vibrant colors. Charqs is kind of like their unique, personal take on BBQ dried meat.

Charqs Jerky is made with all natural ingredients and does not contain any MSG, chemicals, or artificial ingredients. No fillers. Just lean pork, with pure cane sugar, gluten-free soy sauce, and a blend of spices and seasoning for its flavor. Charqs is then flash-grilled to produce a savory and tender jerky.

Enjoy Charqs as a (somewhat indulgent) snack or incorporate it into other dishes as you might with bacon or something alike. Shred a couple pieces. Toss it over salad. Add it to rice. Mix it into omelettes. Put it in sandwiches. Simply treat it like bacon and enjoy sparingly.

According to the owner, Charqs Jerky was born after many attempts in the kitchen trying to recreate the flavors of local street foods they found while traveling abroad. After about 250 batches and many consultations with jerky and flavor experts, they created Charqs Jerky. They launched the product last year at Taste of Lincoln Avenue, where they grilled it live and served it hot. It was a big hit. From there, they moved production to a USDA facility in West Bend, Iowa, where it is still grilled on an open flame. Charqs was then re-launched as a packaged, ready-to-eat snack earlier this June.

Where to find Charqs?
Charqs is available on-line at www.charqs.com. In Chicago, you can find them at the Goddess and Grocer at 1649 N. Damen. They will also be at the Randolph Street Market on September 26th and 27th.

Now for a giveaway!
Charqs would like to send 10 lucky readers a package of Charqs Jerky to try.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Open to US residents. Giveaway ends Thursday, September 17th at 11:59pm EST and ten winners will be randomly selected shortly after.

Want to try Charqs now?
Use discount code lookytasty and receive 20% off your first order at www.charqs.com until September 24th, 2015.

Disclaimer: The information and materials above were provided by Charqs. Samples were provided for my review. No other compensation was received for this post. The giveaway is sponsored by Charqs. All opinions expressed are my own.

About Looky Tasty

Recommended for you

65 Comments

  1. Ann Fantom

    September 10, 2015 at 5:58 am

    We eat jerky as a snack between meals

  2. LynneMarie

    September 10, 2015 at 9:12 am

    I like to eat jerky while watching TV and drinking a beer.

    • Charqs Jerky

      September 18, 2015 at 10:33 pm

      Hey Lynne Marie! Yes, Charqs jerky goes really well with a tall glass of beer! It is savory, tender, and complex in flavors — totally unlike any store-bought jerky out there.

      Order online at http://www.charqs.com. Use discount code ‘lookytasty’ to get 20% off before Sep 24.

      • Charqs Jerky

        September 21, 2015 at 3:15 pm

        Hey Lynne Marie! Yes, Charqs jerky goes really well with a tall glass of beer! Try microwaving it for 5 secs so it’s warm and sizzling!

  3. David

    September 10, 2015 at 10:15 am

    I like it at work as a snack or in the car on a road. trip. I also like to pack some with me when I am out for a bike ride or hike because it does not melt or spoil in my pack.

    • Charqs Jerky

      September 18, 2015 at 10:16 pm

      Hey David! Yes, Charqs jerky is a perfect travel companion for the road warrior! It is savory, tender, and complex in flavors — totally unlike any store-bought jerky out there.

      Order online at http://www.charqs.com. Use discount code ‘lookytasty’ to get 20% off before Sep 24.

      • Charqs Jerky

        September 21, 2015 at 3:14 pm

        Hey David! Yes, Charqs jerky is a perfect travel companion for the road warrior! We always pack a couple of bags in our hand carry whenever we travel. It’s such a satisfying and tasty snack!

  4. mycraftingworld

    September 10, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    I love jerky as a snack late at night.

  5. kelly mcgrew

    September 10, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    i like to enjoy jerky when i’m feeling sluggish at work! need the extra protein!

    • Charqs Jerky

      September 18, 2015 at 10:37 pm

      Hey Kelly! Yes, Charqs jerky is an excellent high-protein snack to stash away in your desk drawer! It is savory, tender, and complex in flavors — totally unlike any store-bought jerky out there.

      Order online at http://www.charqs.com. Use discount code ‘lookytasty’ to get 20% off before Sep 24.

      • Charqs Jerky

        September 21, 2015 at 3:16 pm

        Hey Kelly! Yes, Charqs jerky is an excellent high-protein snack to stash away in your desk drawer! The full-bodied flavor will protein boost will wake you up in a hurry!

  6. Danielle Marie

    September 11, 2015 at 5:05 am

    any time but mostly on road trips.

    • Charqs Jerky

      September 18, 2015 at 10:29 pm

      Hey Danielle! Yes, Charqs jerky is a perfect travel companion for road trips! It is savory, tender, and complex in flavors — totally unlike any store-bought jerky out there.

      Order online at http://www.charqs.com. Use discount code ‘lookytasty’ to get 20% off before Sep 24.

  7. stacey grantham

    September 11, 2015 at 10:09 am

    I enjoy jerky as a snack. And I have to share with my 4 boys and hubby as they love it, too.

    • Charqs Jerky

      September 18, 2015 at 10:28 pm

      Hey Stacey! If your hubby and 4 boys love jerky, you’ve gotta have them try Charqs jerky! It is savory, tender, and complex in flavors — totally unlike any store-bought jerky out there.

      Order online at http://www.charqs.com. Use discount code ‘lookytasty’ to get 20% off before Sep 24.

      • Charqs Jerky

        September 21, 2015 at 3:12 pm

        Hey Stacey! If your hubby and 4 boys love jerky, you’ve gotta have them try Charqs jerky! We promise you it’s unlike any other jerky you’ve ever had before.

  8. deana

    September 11, 2015 at 10:54 am

    I enjoy jerky as a snack throughout the day!

  9. Karin A

    September 11, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Evening snack— or on a road trip!

    • Charqs Jerky

      September 18, 2015 at 10:39 pm

      Hey Karin! Yes, Charqs jerky is great snack when you get the munchies in the evening. It is also a perfect travel companion for those road trips! It is savory, tender, and complex in flavors — totally unlike any store-bought jerky out there.

      Order online at http://www.charqs.com. Use discount code ‘lookytasty’ to get 20% off before Sep 24.

  10. robyn paris

    September 12, 2015 at 7:32 am

    I like eating any and all the time.

    • Charqs Jerky

      September 18, 2015 at 10:23 pm

      Hey Robyn! You’ve gotta try Charqs jerky if you love jerky. It is savory, tender, and complex in flavors — totally unlike any store-bought jerky out there.

      Order online at http://www.charqs.com. Use discount code ‘lookytasty’ to get 20% off before Sep 24.

  11. Robin

    September 13, 2015 at 10:05 am

    I like it as a snack at work.

    • Charqs Jerky

      September 18, 2015 at 10:27 pm

      Hey Ann! Yes, Charqs jerky is a great snack in between meals — and much healthier than chips or cookies! It is savory, tender, and complex in flavors — totally unlike any store-bought jerky out there.

      Order online at http://www.charqs.com. Use discount code ‘lookytasty’ to get 20% off before Sep 24.

    • Charqs Jerky

      September 18, 2015 at 10:31 pm

      Hey Robin! Keep a bag of Charqs jerky in your desk drawer at all times! It is the perfect high-protein snack — savory, tender, and complex in flavors — totally unlike any store-bought jerky out there.

      Order online at http://www.charqs.com. Use discount code ‘lookytasty’ to get 20% off before Sep 24.

      • Charqs Jerky

        September 21, 2015 at 3:11 pm

        Hey Robin! Keep a bag of Charqs jerky in your desk drawer at all times! It is the perfect high-protein snack — savory, tender, and complex in flavors!

  12. Amy Z.

    September 13, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    I like jerky as a mid-day snack!

    • Charqs Jerky

      September 18, 2015 at 10:12 pm

      Hey Amy! Yes, Charqs jerky is a very satisfying mid-day snack. Healthier than snacking on chips or cookies too! It’s savory, tender, and complex in flavors — totally unlike any store-bought jerky out there.

      Order online at http://www.charqs.com. Use discount code ‘lookytasty’ to get 20% off before Sep 24.

  13. Kimmy Ripley

    September 14, 2015 at 10:26 am

    I love to snack on it during long car rides.

    • Charqs Jerky

      September 18, 2015 at 10:22 pm

      Hey Kimmy! Yes, Charqs jerky is the perfect snack to take with you on long car rides! It’s such a satisfying snack. You gotta try Charqs. It is savory, tender, and complex in flavors — totally unlike any store-bought jerky out there.

      Order online at http://www.charqs.com. Use discount code ‘lookytasty’ to get 20% off before Sep 24.

      • Charqs Jerky

        September 21, 2015 at 3:10 pm

        Hey Kimmy! Yes, Charqs jerky is the perfect snack to take with you on long car rides! It’s such a satisfying snack. You gotta try some Charqs!

  14. Katie Smith

    September 14, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    I enjoy it on the go!

  15. Mary W

    September 14, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    We keep jerky stocked for hurricane supplies, for camping and for road trips. If I keep it on hand regularly it gets devoured instantly.

  16. Susan P.

    September 14, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    I enjoy jerky as a snack on a road trip.

    • Charqs Jerky

      September 18, 2015 at 10:20 pm

      Hey Susan! Yes, Charqs jerky is a perfect travel companion for road trips. Keep hunger pangs away! It is savory, tender, and complex in flavors — totally unlike any store-bought jerky out there.

      Order online at http://www.charqs.com. Use discount code ‘lookytasty’ to get 20% off before Sep 24.

  17. Rebecca Peters

    September 15, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    I like it as a snack on the go

    • Charqs Jerky

      September 18, 2015 at 10:10 pm

      Hey Rebecca! Yes, Charqs jerky is a very satisfying on the go snack. Healthier than snacking on chips or cookies too! It’s savory, tender, and complex in flavors — totally unlike any store-bought jerky out there.

      Order online at http://www.charqs.com. Use discount code ‘lookytasty’ to get 20% before Sep 24.

  18. Laurie Emerson

    September 15, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    I like eating it as a snack or when I go hiking.

    • Charqs Jerky

      September 18, 2015 at 10:06 pm

      Hey Laurie! Yes, Charqs jerky travels really well — whether you’re out hiking, camping, or traveling halfway across the world. It’s savory, tender, and complex in flavors — totally unlike any store-bought jerky out there.

      Order online at http://www.charqs.com. Use discount code ‘lookytasty’ to get 20% before Sep 24.

      • Charqs Jerky

        September 21, 2015 at 3:10 pm

        Hey Laurie! Yes, Charqs jerky travels really well — whether you’re out hiking, camping, or traveling halfway across the world. Try some!

  19. Eugenia Hall

    September 15, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    I like it as a mid-day high protein snack.

    • Charqs Jerky

      September 18, 2015 at 10:04 pm

      Hey Eugenia! Yes, Charqs jerky is a very satisfying mid-day snack. Healthier than snacking on chips or cookies too! It’s savory, tender, and complex in flavors — totally unlike any store-bought jerky out there.

      Order online at http://www.charqs.com. Use discount code ‘lookytasty’ to get 20% before Sep 24.

  20. karen mayernick

    September 15, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    I like to eat Jerky with my family, right out of the bag lol. We love it!

    • Charqs Jerky

      September 18, 2015 at 10:03 pm

      Hey Karen! Your family would love Charqs jerky! It’s healthier than snacking on chips or cookies too! It’s savory, tender, and complex in flavors — totally unlike any store-bought jerky out there.

      Order online at http://www.charqs.com. Use discount code ‘lookytasty’ to get 20% before Sep 24.

      • Charqs Jerky

        September 21, 2015 at 3:09 pm

        Hey Karen! Your family would love Charqs jerky! It’s healthier than snacking on chips or cookies too! Try a bag today! You can pick some up at http://www.charqs.com.

  21. Jennifer Reed

    September 16, 2015 at 9:46 am

    We enjoy jerky as a high protein snack.

    • Charqs Jerky

      September 18, 2015 at 10:02 pm

      Hey Jennifer! Yes, Charqs jerky is a very satisfying mid-day snack. Healthier than snacking on chips or cookies too! It’s savory, tender, and complex in flavors — totally unlike any store-bought jerky out there.

      Order online at http://www.charqs.com. Use discount code ‘lookytasty’ to get 20% before Sep 24.

      • Charqs Jerky

        September 21, 2015 at 3:07 pm

        Hey Jennifer! Yes, Charqs jerky is a very satisfying mid-day snack. Healthier than snacking on chips or cookies too!

  22. Trisha McKee

    September 16, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    I love it when I’m fishing as a snack that gives me a boost.

    • Charqs Jerky

      September 18, 2015 at 10:01 pm

      Hey Trisha! Pack a couple of bags of Charqs jerky on your next fishing trip! It’s savory, tender, and complex in flavors — totally unlike any store-bought jerky out there.

      Order online at http://www.charqs.com. Use discount code ‘lookytasty’ to get 20% before Sep 24.

      • Charqs Jerky

        September 21, 2015 at 3:07 pm

        Hey Trisha! Pack a couple of bags of Charqs jerky on your next fishing trip! It is such a satisfying snack, as well as delicious and filling!

  23. Paula Tavernie

    September 16, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    I like it as snack while watching TV!!!

    • Charqs Jerky

      September 18, 2015 at 10:00 pm

      Hey Paula! Enjoy your favorite TV show with a bag of Charqs jerky. It’s savory, tender, and complex in flavors — totally unlike any store-bought jerky out there.

      Order online at http://www.charqs.com. Use discount code ‘lookytasty’ to get 20% before Sep 24.

  24. Susan Smith

    September 16, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    I like jerky as a mid-day snack.

    • Charqs Jerky

      September 18, 2015 at 9:57 pm

      Hey Susan! Yes, Charqs jerky is a very satisfying mid-day snack. Healthier than snacking on chips or cookies too! It’s savory, tender, and complex in flavors — totally unlike any store-bought jerky out there.

      Order online at http://www.charqs.com. Use discount code ‘lookytasty’ to get 20% before Sep 24.

  25. Roxann

    September 16, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    I enjoy it while watching television.

    • Charqs Jerky

      September 18, 2015 at 9:55 pm

      Hey Roxann! Relax in front of the TV with a bag of Charqs jerky. It’s savory, tender, and complex in flavors — totally unlike any store-bought jerky out there. Order online at http://www.charqs.com. Use discount code ‘lookytasty’ to get 20% before Sep 24.

      • Charqs Jerky

        September 21, 2015 at 3:05 pm

        Hey Roxann! Relax in front of the TV with a bag of Charqs jerky. It’s a great snack, and much better for you than munching on chips!

  26. Candie L

    September 16, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    My family loves to eat jerky on road trips. Thank you

    • Charqs Jerky

      September 18, 2015 at 9:53 pm

      Hey Candie! Pack a few bags of Charqs jerky in your car. It’s savory, tender, and complex in flavors — totally unlike any store-bought jerky out there. Order online at http://www.charqs.com. Use discount code ‘lookytasty’ to get 20% before Sep 24.

      • Charqs Jerky

        September 21, 2015 at 3:03 pm

        Hey Candie! Pack a few bags of Charqs jerky in your car. It travels really well and tastes great!

  27. AEKZ2

    September 16, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    We like jerky right out of the bag, especially on road trips.

  28. Carol Godfrey

    September 16, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    I like to enjoy it as a handy snack when I’m on-the-go!

    • Charqs Jerky

      September 18, 2015 at 9:48 pm

      Hey Carol! Charqs jerky is great on the go! It comes in a resealable bag. It’s savory, tender, and complex in flavors — totally unlike any store-bought jerky out there. Order online at http://www.charqs.com. Use discount code ‘lookytasty’ to get 20% before Sep 24.

  29. Cheryl Reinhardt

    September 16, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    We enjoy taking Jerky to a Ball Game, camping and especially driving in the car…. We LOVE Jerky.

    • Charqs Jerky

      September 18, 2015 at 11:36 am

      Hey Cheryl! You gotta try Charqs jerky! It’s savory, tender, and complex in flavors — totally unlike any store-bought jerky out there. Order online at http://www.charqs.com. Use discount code ‘lookytasty’ to get 20% before Sep 24.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *