Mingua Beef Jerky: Natural Beefy Goodness

Mingua Kentucky Beef Jerky

Kentucky’s Mingua Beef Jerky is delicious.

As a traveler and the editor of, I’m always on the lookout for artisan foods or regional foods that represent the essence of an area. While I was in Kentucky, I came across an artisan/regional product that does just that: Mingua Beef Jerky.

Mingua (pronounced Ming-Gwa) is the brainchild of Ronnie and Pam Mingua of Paris, Kentucky, who, along with partners Curtis, Holly and Cannon Mackley, make some of the best, natural beef jerky I’ve ever encountered.

What makes Mingua Beef Jerky different? For one thing, the jerky is made from whole pieces of sliced beef rather than chopped or formed beef that’s put back together to resemble the real thing. For another, they slice the jerky ultra thin. This makes it easier to chew, keeps the meat slightly moist, and allows you to really taste the flavors.

Mingua beef jerkey slice

The thinness of the beef makes Mingua Beef Jerky easy to chew and allows the flavors to really shine.

The Minguas also don’t add a lot of chemicals or additives to their beef and you can taste the difference. The ingredients include beef, soy sauce, brown sugar, and liquid smoke. In their Cajun flavor, they also add Cajun seasoning. The result is a deep, rich, beefy flavor that’s all real and really delicious.

Their jerky comes in regular and Cajun style and in mild, medium, and hot varieties. I tried their Cajun style medium and found it chewy, meaty, and spicvy good. It left my tongue tingling! I also sampled their regular mild flavor. It has the same rich beefy flavor as Cajun without the heat.

Mingua hand-crafted beef jerkey

This stuff is additive!

We used Mingua Beef Jerky as a road snack and all of us found this stuff absolutely addicting. One warning: have plenty of water or other drinks available as the jerky tends to make one thirsty.

Mingua Beef Jerky is sold throughout stores in Kentucky (we purchaseded it as gas station convenience stores) and a smattering of retailers in Virginia, Georgia, and Texas.

The good news is you can also order Mingua Beef Jerkey online at If you’re a jerky lover, you won’t be sorry.– BH

Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor

RFT co-founder Bobbie Hasselbring has been a travel junkie her entire life. A writer and editor for more than 25 years and author of the regional food-travel bestsellers, The The Chocolate Lover’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest and The Chocolate Lover’s Guide Cookbook, Bobbie is editor-in-chief at

11 thoughts on “Mingua Beef Jerky: Natural Beefy Goodness

  1. Armadillo Pepper

    Mingua jerky is a great choice if you like thinly sliced jerky. It is one of my favorite brands and their Teriyaki flavor is my daughter’s favorite of all jerky. It is a very popular seller at our Jacksonville, FL retail store and our on-line store. Thanks for the post!

    1. Chris

      Where in Jacksonville is you retail store and what’s it called? I am going to be working there in a few weeks and would love to get some hot mingua!

      1. Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT EditorBobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor Post author

        Hi Chris,
        Well, that’s a good question, but I’m afraid I can’t answer it. We’d just stopped at a gas station convenience store and picked up the Mingua Beef Jerky. It’s readily available locally. However, you can also order it online or contact them (same website) and ask about retailers that sell their product near where you’re traveling. Good luck. — Bobbie, RFT Editor

  2. India

    I absolutely LOVEEEE Mingua Beef Jerky!! First off I don’t eat beef at all (it’s been 14 years) but where I worked everybody raved about how good their beef jerky was. I’m willing to try something at least once and fell in love with it! The texture was nice and the seasoning portions were just right. (except for Cajun WAYYYY too salty for me) I’ve literally turned into a Mingua jerky junkie lol

  3. Kevin

    Mingua Jerky is way to inconsistent or shall i say consistent at having 1 or 2 large pieces of silver skin jerky in every bag ! My last 3 bags have had it and im done.. Nothing worse then shoe leather silverskin

    1. Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT EditorBobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor Post author

      Hi Kevin,
      Sorry to hear Mingua Jerky isn’t living up to the delicious standard I found when I reviewed it. I sent your comment onto Mingua Jerky and we’re waiting to hear what they say. If they respond, I’ll let you know, Kevin. Thanks for writing. — Bobbie, RFT Editor

    2. Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT EditorBobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor Post author

      Hi Kevin,
      I contacted Mingua Jerky on your behalf and this is what Holly at Mingua wrote back: “I want to thank you for mentioning us in your review. It’s always great to hear what folks have to say positive and things they feel we could do better at.
      In all of our twenty years of business I have never heard another customer use the word silverskin, or had that come up in any conversations. For one customer to receive three consecutively bad bags is questionable. However, we want everyone to love our jerky.
      I would be more than happy to send this customer a couple of bags to see if we can get their opinion changed. Tell me what flavor they prefer and give me their shipping address.
      Thanks for your time,

      So I’ve forwarded Holly’s email onto you. Please contact them directly and let them know your mailing address and they’ll make it right. Thanks for alerting us, Kevin. Let us know how it works out. Cheers! — Bobbie, RFT Editor


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