Who We Are

How It All Began

In 1978, Grandpa Bill Soffel was running his butcher shop in Stockton Utah, when a “German” salesman stopped by and sold him his first smoker. He started making jerky off the hind quarter of the cow. His clients enjoyed the taste of the jerky and requested it time and time again, and so it began.

In 1980, is when we decided to make the highest quality jerky! Premium steak strips, from premium beef and only “the Eye of the Round” cuts were the only acceptable way to make it. "If we're going to make Jerky, let's make it right."

Now, with over 35 years of experience, we're still producing the absolute best quality jerky with a variety of flavors. The best part is, it's all made right here in the United States of America.

Scroll down to meet our team!


Our Team

Meet the people who keep our business running. They're the reason why we're able to offer you a top-of-the-line product and elite customer service.

Robbie Thompson


From: Rush Valley, UT
Hobbies: Golfing, fishing, skiing, spending time with the family.

Lacy McHaley

Office Manager

From: Nampa, Idaho
Hobbies: Moming, being outdoors, being best friends with Allisha! Basically, Lacy makes our world go round!

Wyatt Thompson

Rover/ What Does He Not Do?

From: Rush Valley, UT
Hobbies: Golf, shooting, anything outside, making sure your Jerky is absolutely delicious.

Allisha Wakefield

Packaging Manager

From: Caldwell, Idaho
Hobbies: Being a football/ soccer/ wrestling/ dance mom, camping, fishing, being best friends with Lacy. Do you like your jerky's packaging? Thanks Allisha.

Lynsie Thompson

Store Manager

From: Tooele, Utah
Hobbies: Playing with dogs, walking dogs, hiking dogs, feeding dogs, and Super Nintendo. Come on into our Erda location and say hi!

Josh Drewery

Food Safety Manager

From: Tooele, UT
Hobbies: Golf, watching TV, making sure your food is safe and delicious.

Mitchell Kinder

Head Butcher

From: Tooele, Utah
Hobbies: Camping, fishing, hanging out with friends, giving you THE BEST cuts of beef jerky in the world.


(435) 882-0215

3975 UT-36, Erda, UT 84074, USA

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