Meet Your Neighbor: Kyle Baird, Jerky Junction Residence: Truckee
My dad started Jerky Junction 17 years ago. He and my Uncle Ian owned restaurant businesses pretty much everywhere, that’s where the marinades [for jerky] came from. The company name is Jerky Junction, then we found this caboose, is that just perfect? It’s our first retail outlet.
Tell me the jerky story.
It’s all USA beef, top round, just like steak in a bag. It’s soft and tender, not chewy. A lot of jerky is made in South America, ours is made in the U.S. and is fresh. It doesn’t have to travel for weeks, and it’s flying off the shelves! We sell in 28 states, including Hawaii and Guam. We also have wild game jerky ” buffalo, elk and venison, from Colorado. And salmon. And ahi.
Tell me about you.
I used to be a snowboard instructor, at Heavenly and Squaw Valley. I like dirt biking, was born and raised in southern California, and have been here about four years. I like fly fishing, hiking and snowshoeing.
Do you have other interests?
I’m in a band Adrenal Krone, I don’t know what that means exactly, but it sounds cool. We’re alternative metal. We’ve been playing together for about three months, we’re very dedicated already.
What do you play?
I play rhythm and lead, I’ve been playing about 15 years. I’ve been in four bands, and finally found the right band.
Any gigs coming up?
Yeah, in Reno. We’ll play Red Rocks Jan. 10, Knuckleheads Jan. 17 and in Reno again on the 24th.
Who are some of your favorite artists?
Tom Petty, oh, there are so many. Nirvana, Rolling Stones, Brian Setzer/Stray Cats, Slip Knot. I like rockabilly.
What do you look forward to here in Truckee?
Meeting a lot of people, selling a lot of jerky. Enjoying the great outdoors, it’s so different here. In So Cal everyone’s go go go. This is the farthest I’ve ever lived from the ocean. I love surfing.
How do you feel about that?
I’ll surf the mountain.
Tell Sierra Sun readers one thing your neighbors don’t know about you.
I’m shy around new people.
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