Chef Brian Goodman39s beef jerky plate at Greenhouse Tavern

Chef Brian Goodman's beef jerky plate at Greenhouse Tavern

NPD: Jerky gains popularity as a snack

Chefs find new ways to serve cured protein

Protein-rich, portable and potentially gluten-free, jerky is an increasingly popular snack in the United States, according to recent data from The NPD Group.

Jerky sales are rising at convenience stores, and some restaurant chefs are experimenting with making their own.

Consumption of meat snacks such as jerky among adults has increased by 18 percent over the past five years, according to NPD. Those snacks are most frequently consumed between lunch and dinner and late

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