Beef jerky is PACKED with protein. One ounce of beef jerky (about 28 grams) generally provides about 14 grams of protein. Consider the average “high-protein bar” weighs about 80 g and only provides 20 g of protein. Beef jerky provides DOUBLE that protein-to-weight ratio. In short, beef jerky is one of the densest sources of protein.
Backpackers are all about lightweight nutrition which makes this snack a staple of the trail diet. Depending on what your nutritional needs are, beef jerky can be a great low fat and low carbohydrate snack as well.