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Chew on this, meat stick fans — it's National Jerky Day

Mary Pickels
| Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 9:45 a.m.
The Beef Jerky Outlet Washington will hold a weeklong grand opening celebration at its Tanger Outlets, Washington store, beginning today, National Jerky Day.
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The Beef Jerky Outlet Washington will hold a weeklong grand opening celebration at its Tanger Outlets, Washington store, beginning today, National Jerky Day.

There's a "holiday" for everything these days — from National Donut Day to Pina Colada Day — and June 12, apparently, is National Jerky Day .

Typically available on any convenience store, supermarket or gas station shelf, jerky's light weight and nutrition level also has led to its being launched into space with astronauts, according to National Day Calendar.

The day is a cause for celebration, apparently.

If you need to brush up on your jerky facts:

The popularity of jerky is rapidly growing. From 2009 to 2015, beef jerky sales jumped 46 percent. IRI, a market research firm, says Americans spent $2.8 billion on beef jerky in 2015 alone, according to a release.

And jerky is not "one flavor fits all."

In fact, Jerky Pro is introducing a new flavor today.

For Slim Jim fans, every day is jerky day.

Is there a catnip flavor? Fluffy wants to know.

Something to chew on while tracking the weather.

Along with enjoying the chewy, meaty, salty flavor of jerky, producer Jack Link's is celebrating the day with philanthropy, partnering with Team Rubicon, a veteran-led disaster relief organization to help rebuild 100 flood-damaged Houston homes.

In a program called "Fuel the Front Lines," Jack Link's and Team Rubicon have embarked on an 1,800-mile journey, raising awareness of the need for longer-term disaster relief, completing service projects, and raising funds, the release adds.

That journey concludes today, with Jack Link's helping to rebuild 100 homes in Houston, whose residents are still recovering from Hurricane Harvey last August.

Jack Link's also created special packaging that encourages people to text a specific number, which triggers a $2 donation to Team Rubicon.

In recognition of the day and their new business, Washington Beef Jerky Outlet owners Anthony and Karen Lingis are holding a weeklong grand opening at the new site at the Tanger Outlets, Washington.

Following today's ribbon cutting, patrons will have an opportunity to win free jerky for a year and a new Weber grill, according to a news release.

The Beef Jerky Outlet specializes in more than 100 varieties of premium jerky including exotic meats like kangaroo, alligator, venison and elk, as well as specialty flavors such as Moonshine, Cajun and Biltong, a form of dried, cured meat that originated in South Africa, the release notes.

And, finally, make sure you understand what day it is you are celebrating.

Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5401 or mpickels@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MaryPickels.

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