Long, long ago, in a faraway place (Texas), a young man decided to create some homemade jerky. He tasted it and said, “Hmm, not bad..., but it could be better.” So for many years he added and tweaked ingredients until the recipe was just right. His friends and family said, “Hey, maybe you should sell this stuff!” And the middle-aged man replied, “Yeah, right - here, have some more jerky.”
One day a much older, and slightly wiser man said to himself, “Self, if you didn’t make your own jerky, where would you go to buy anything this good? Hey, maybe you should sell this stuff!” So with the help of a good friend and encouragement from his wife (“Put down the blasted banjo, and go sell some of that jerky!”), a new business was born. Don’t ya just love it when a plan comes together!
Well, that’s our story, and we’re sticking to it. Enjoy our product — we sure do. And share some with a friend... if your friend happens to show up before it’s all gone (helpful hint - chew faster!).
Don & Dale
A Couple o’ Jerks in St. Louis
Frequently Asked Questions
A Couple o' Jerks?? What's the real name of the company?
That's it, really. I guess it proves there are no limits to what you can name your company!
Why the weird name? Are all of you really jerks?
We wanted to be Two Nice Guys, but that was already taken (they make pizzas). Actually only a couple of us are jerks; the rest are just "meat heads".
How long have you been in business?
A Couple o' Jerks has been a St. Louis tradition since.......late 2008. OK, we're still the new kids on the block, but don't write us of without taking our challenge Just try us once. Then go back to your old brand....if you can!
Are you the same jerks that are producing German Relish? What's up with that?
That would be us. A neighbor brought us a sample, and we couldn't stop sampling. When we passed it around, everyone had the same reaction, even the "I'm not a relish person" people. So we called it Uncommonly Delicious German Style Relish (from our Italian neighbor) and started cranking it out. So give it a try and let us know what you think!
Rumor has it you have branched out again, into the meat stick market. True?
Glad "you" asked! We tried our Original Spicy formula in a beefstick and all modesty aside, we were quite
impressed! Coming soon to a vending machine near you. We plan to call it Snak Stix, since it has some
pork in it. Give it a try and give us a jingle.
What makes you so special?
Well, if you're from around St. Louis, you will appreciate the fact that we are a local business. And no matter where you live, you will enjoy the great taste and freshness. Our jerky has no preservatives or added MSG, so if you want to save your jerky for a couple of years, you probably want the petrified stuff the other guys sell. But if you're buying jerky to eat it, our flavor will leave them in the dust!
Do you have lots of other flavors, like the other guys?
We believe “A Couple o’ Jerks” IS a flavor! Anybody can add a little sugar or barbecue sauce, but they can’t duplicate the ACoJ taste. That being said, we have developed a Mild(er) blend for those among you that like our flavor, but can’t quite handle the heat. Don’t worry, the Original Recipe isn’t going to cool down; in fact we are also considering a“wild” version for the true fire eaters out there. And believe it or not, we now have a Wimpy recipe! Let us know what you like, and stay tuned. Note: Although it was pretty tasty, Wimpy is temporarily out of production.
How do you control your quality?
Ever notice the variety in most national brand jerky packs? Some is OK, and the next bite is like eating a rubber chicken. We're not sure how they do that, but we just do the same thing, over and over – slice quality meat, marinate and smoke it, and ship it out to our customers while it is still fresh. And then there’s the constant taste testing – but someone has to do it! (Factoid: Even our “mistakes” are pretty good.)
How does your price compare with the competition?
Jerky prices are all over the map, but we are generally very competitive with the national brands, even though A Couple o’ Jerks is really made by hand, and it uses superior ingredients (hence the better taste!).
Are these really “frequently asked questions”?
Well, they’re really more like “questions we don’t mind answering” (QWDMA). But we’re pretty sure someone thought about asking them, and FAQ just sounds better. In fact, if you ask a new question, frequently, it might show up as a frequently asked question....as long as it is also a QWDMA.