BJE Pleasant Prairie/Michigan City
Welcome to Beef Jerky Experience at Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets!
Please join us in relishing in our love of all things jerky – so many flavors and types to choose from that you won’t believe your eyes. Your taste buds will guide you through our shop to find a custom flavor and type of jerky that you will forever claim as your favorite. We will guide you through the selection to custom fit your jerky-joy. Locals and vacationers alike will get to snack on a glorious lean-protein snack all day long while you enjoy our beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline or other area attractions!
Our journey to bring jerky to Pleasant Prairie started back in the late 80’s in northeast Tennessee, where I (Kevin) first discovered a fantastic “beef jerky store” in my hometown of Kingsport. Much to my dismay, the store eventually went out of business. Fast forward about 25 years, and my wife (Amy) saw a guy at a restaurant wearing a “Beef Jerky Outlet” t-shirt and said: “Hey, is that the store that used to be in your hometown?” A few phone calls, a lot of research, and some serious “soul searching” later – me, my wife, and my father-in-law (Vince) were the proud owners of a new Beef Jerky Experience store in Pleasant Prairie! We are not only Chicagoland natives (Amy grew up in nearby Lake County, Indiana), but first-time business owners. Our goal is to introduce everyone to great tasting jerky and to help them find which one of our over 100 varieties is their favorite. And yes…we have more than just “beef” jerky. You will also discovery a wide variety of wild game jerky. Who knew that elk, bison, alligator, ostrich, and kangaroo could taste so good!
If you say jerky is not “your thing”, well, “never say never!” (Just ask my mother-in-law, who now loves the stuff.) But we also happily offer an enormous variety of sauces and seasonings that will have you cooking up a fire storm in your very own kitchen. Kids and adults alike can also select from a variety of popcorns, hot sauces, jams, jellies, peanuts, candies, and other fun treats, including edible bugs!
Come in and meet us at Beef Jerky Experience – Pleasant Prairie. We think you will love not only the jerky, but the entire shopping experience.
Oh…and if you run out of jerky before you can make it back to the store, no problem. Order your favorites right here on-line and we’ll ship your selection straight to your front door.
--Kevin McCoy, Amy McDonnell, Vince McDonnell -- Owners