1 - Jerky is a means to preserve meat without refrigeration. 2 - Although beef is the most common type of jerky, one can also find jerky from wild game such as venison, elk, caribou, and moose. Even kangaroo meat. 3 - The origin of the word Jerky is from Native American “Charqui” which means “to burn meat”. 4 - Jerky quality varies greatly and depends on the choice of meat, the preservatives, and the preservation technique. 5 - A good jerky is very lean; fat usually causes spoilage.