While my friend and I drove down route 89A into Sedona Arizona we went right past a sign that read “Elk Jerky Ahead” and became determined to try some on our trip. We couldn’t seem to figure out where that sign was trying to lead us to. Maybe the little house nearby, but it didn’t look like a store so we decided to look elsewhere. As we arrived at Sedona, we drove down the main road where I noticed the Buck Thornton’s World of Jerky on the second story of a little shopping area. I shouted to my friend excitedly and she quickly found a small parking lot to stop in.
We got out of the car, crossed the street and headed up the stairs. Inside the store was jerky everywhere as well as nuts, candies, salsas and sauces. The store was full from the ceiling to the floor. There were so many different kinds I can’t even remember them all. A few I do remember were elk, venison, beef, buffalo, alligator, kangaroo, and ostrich. They had variety packs where you could purchase a number of different flavors and just single flavor bags.
We stood at the front desk and overheard Kitty, the “Queen of Jerky” and co-founder, ask another customer if they would be interested in trying any samples. The customer replied no, but my friend and I jumped on the chance. We tried a little bit of everything and they were all so delicious we had a hard time deciding on which to buy. We finally settled on alligator, ostrich, and venison, both very pleased at our selection.
We continued to talk to Kitty and she told us about some amazing hikes to go see in the area, but we decided to stick to the one we had already planned on checking out. She also gave me a beautiful magnet for Sedona that I had been planning on purchasing.
If you like jerky at all, Buck Thornton’s World of Jerky is definitely the place to venture to while in Sedona. With enough hospitality, generosity and kindness to win the heart of anyone that walks into the shop, you won’t find another place quite like it. And if you can’t get to their store, you can always order from their online shop!