Afternoon Snack: Slim Jakes and Jerky at Dickson's Farmstand Meats

Afternoon Snack

Quick bites to tide you over without spoiling dinner.

It's late afternoon and dinner is a few hours away. Where do you get a quick bite to carry you through the day? Afternoon Snack looks at quick bites to tide you over without spoiling dinner. Got a snack we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.


[Photograph: Garrett Ziegler]

When we were kids, wrestlers were gods. So when Macho Man Randy Savage told us to "snap into it," we rode our bikes to the nearest convenience store and stocked up on Slim Jims. Nowadays we know it's all fake, and former champs have become truth-seeking pundits and paramours of George Clooney.

Dickson's Farmstand Meats uses the real stuff to make its Slim Jakes and flavored jerky ($15 / half-pound). The former start with pastured-raised beef, which gets spiced and stuffed into lamb casings, then smoked for seven hours. The jerky has been cured with salt and pepper until it curls into a dark brown flavor nugget. It's nonstop chewy meatiness, with nary a unitard or legging in sight. Snap into 'em!

Dickson's Farmstand Meats

Chelsea Market 75 Ninth Avenue, New York NY 10011 (map) 212-242-2630