Although meat sticks of the gas station convenience store variety are still very much available, we’re thrilled to report there are better options to be had. (And all you need to do is order a pack before your next road trip.) A big benefit of snacking on meat sticks is the added protein you’ll enjoy. Protein is an essential macronutrient that our body needs to build tissue. Along with eggs, quinoa, hemp seeds, chia seeds, poultry, soy, seafood, pork, and poultry, meat is a complete protein, meaning it contains all nine amino acids. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), amino acids are “required for normal body functioning, but they cannot be made by the body and must be obtained from food.” But enough about science—let’s talk flavor. When you start with quality beef that’s been pasture-raised, grass-fed, and treated humanely, you’re off to a good start. From there, meat sticks can easily pair with flavors like chili lime, sea salt and black pepper, and maple. Keep scrolling to discover some of our favorite combos.
Top Meat Sticks Brands
Enjoying a meat stick doesn’t have to mean eating mystery meat. These brands are transparent about their proteins, and in many cases, are upping the industry standard.
When the CEO of Chomps started a paleo diet, he wasn’t thrilled with the ingredient lineup in many of the diet’s popular snacks. The brand steers clear of sugar and took an innovative approach by using a combination of sea salt and celery juice to create a shelf-stable product without artificial preservatives.
A company with heart, Mission Meats gives 10 percent of its profits to organizations that help people generate better relationships with themselves, each other, and the natural environment. As if that wasn’t enough, Mission Meats also sources grass-fed beef for all of its meat sticks.
The New Primal
What started as a quest to create a better portable protein has expanded into sauces and marinades, too. The New Primal wants you to snack well on any diet, making it a must-have brand for fans of paleo and Whole30 eating plans.
Best Meat Sticks
Take a bite out of your new favorite meat sticks.
Chomps Original Grass-Fed Beef Snack Sticks
This is Chomps’ original recipe, which happens to be the perfect blend of spicy and smoky. Grab this 10-pack to store in the pantry, your gym bag, or office desk.
The New Primal Free-Range Turkey Sticks, Cilantro-Lime
Turkey can be a mild protein on its own, but watch your taste buds light up when you add in parsley, cilantro, lime juice, and chili flakes. With 50 calories per serving and 7 grams of protein, these sticks make a great anytime snack.
Field Trip Maple BBQ Pork Sticks
The pork in these BBQ-inspired meat sticks has been vegetarian-fed, then seasoned with sweet additions like brown sugar, maple syrup, and honey. Not to worry—all the flavors are balanced with smoked sea salt and black pepper.
Grass-Fed Meat Sticks
Keep your grass-fed priorities front and center, even during snack time.
Mission Meats Original Grass-Fed Beef Stick
Curb your appetite with a stick from Mission Meats. Each stick has 7 grams of protein, and they’re made from grass-fed beef and a well-seasoned blend of garlic powder, coriander, and onion powder.
Chomps Hoppin’ Jalapeño Grass-Fed Beef Snack Sticks
Heat things up with a meat stick that’s made with jalapeño pepper. It’s sure to kick your snack time up a notch.
The New Primal Grass-Fed Original Beef Sticks
Here’s a 20-pack of grass-fed beef sticks that’s perfectly seasoned with onion, ginger, pepper, and a slightly sweet finish thanks to pineapple and honey.
Thrive Market’s Best Tips for Cooking Meat
Cooking skirt steak for the first time? Need a new sirloin recipe? Thrive Market has you covered with beef resources for the carnivore in you.
Our Top Beef Recipes and Cooking Tips
Meat on the menu? We have some ideas that’ll become family favorites. Try a classic ribeye steak with homemade cherry steak sauce or extra-meaty paleo chili and you’ll see what we mean.
A No-Sugar Meat Stick Brand
Read this post while chomping on your favorite meat stick to learn even more about how Chomps is reaching for higher standards in its snack line.
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