Smoking Gun Jerky, Inc. is a privately owned corporation founded in 2009 by Lincoln, Nebraska entrepreneur Dave Ferguson. In conjunction with the University of Nebraska Food Science Division, Mr. Ferguson’s recipe for a liquid jerky marinade was refined and developed into a unique formula for the consumer to make their own jerky from wild game or domestic meats.

Smoking Gun Jerky, Inc. was formed around the following objective: to develop, manufacture, and market a unique liquid marinade for the consumer to make their own jerky. The strength of this product is the fact that it permeates the meat unlike existing dry rubs on the market. It’s quick and easy to use and produces a healthy, nutritious snack at an economical cost, giving the big game hunters another option when it comes to processing their game. This marinade forms the core product of Smoking Gun Jerky, Inc. 

Introduced into retail grocery stores in 2010, it was requested that actual beef jerky itself be made from the marinade for the consumers to purchase. A USDA-certified co-packer was sourced, and the production of 3 different flavors of Hickory Smoked Beef Jerky became available in many retail stores.  In 2013, 5 new flavors were added and in 2016 6 more creations were developed for the line up for a total of 14 fantastic flavors of Smoking Gun Jerky.

Smoking Gun Jerky products include pre-packaged jerky, bottled marinade, Smoking Gun's 5 different seasonings, and Smoking Gun's Grilling Marinade.  Smoking Gun products are manufactured by independent co-packers throughout the Midwest and sold in the Smoking Gun Retail Store in Lincoln, Nebraska as well as from many wholesalers around the country.

In December 2010 we opened our own retail jerky store in Lincoln, NE. Located at 443 North 48th Street, where we produce and sell freshly-made-in-the-store jerky in over 50 flavors and heat levels, along with marinades, meat products, BBQ sauces, rubs, salsa, spreads, and other Nebraska-made products and other favorite spices from throughout the U.S. which we have tested and have become favorites.


We can also be found at many area events, including deer shows, home shows, farmer's markets, hunting and gun shows, and local celebrations.  Our USDA jerky, seasonings, and marinades can also be purchased in selected retail outlets nationwide.  Look for and ask for us in your favorite stores!!!!