We tasted products from around the country to find the best of the best from small-production food artisans. By Cindy Hatcher
Photo: Dana Gallagher
Tall Grass Buffalo Jerky ($10). Most jerkies we tasted resembled salty leather. Not this one. It has a surprisingly supple yet gratifyingly substantial texture; the meaty flavor mingles with spices and smoke, leaning more to pepper than salt. From buffalo that roam an 18,000-acre ranch.