About Pap's

Pap’s Jerky is a Louisville, KY based beef jerky and beef stick company whose mission is to Fuel Your Outdoor Lifestyle™.

The spirit behind the Pap’s brand lies at the heart of Founder Jim Richardson’s love for the outdoors. An avid outdoorsman who was unsatisfied with the jerky offerings on the market, Jim set out to create a beef jerky that had a texture that lived up to the traditions of adventurers, rangers and cowboys chewing on jerky as a staple while in the Great Outdoors. “Just the right amount of chew!” was his mantra - and we think you’ll find Pap’s to be the perfect chew, not to mention those sensationally original flavors!

“It’s a big world - get out there and explore it!”

Jim Richardson


While Jim’s original vision is steeped in the past, it’s never been more important for people to reconnect with nature and enjoy the great outdoors. More and more, people are starting to care about what they’re putting into their bodies and are concerned with where their food is sourced. As many people are turning to eating habits that are free of gluten, low in carbohydrates and naturally sourced, it turns out that beef jerky is a perfect snack for a healthy and active lifestyle.

Pap's purpose

We’re an American brand and we respect the American dream of making money while doing something you love. But we also believe in putting people over profits and that means doing the right thing. At Pap’s, not only do we go out of our way to provide the highest quality products, we are committed to doing things the right way and giving back to the community. We are dedicated to donating a portion of our sales to two programs near and dear to our hearts. Friends of Metro Animal Services Louisville and TKO Boxing are both awesome causes that we're proud to be associated with. When you treat yourself to a Pap’s product, you can feel good about what you’re putting into your body as well as how you’re changing the world, one bite at a time.

About the Plant

At our brand new, state-of-the-art facility in Louisville, Kentucky, the Pap’s Team hand packs big, thin slices of succulent, delicious beef jerky that will make you the hero of any outdoor gathering.

The process goes like this - we painstakingly select USDA beef, then it's marinated, seasoned and slow cooked for hours to deliver the unique and beloved flavor that is Pap's Jerky. We weren’t kidding when we said this jerky will make you a hero.

The Marriage of Grippo’s & Us

The beautiful union that is the Pap’s + Grippo’s partnership began in 2018.

It was a match made in delicious heaven. We worked on the perfect process to harness the sweet, smoky heat of Grippo's iconic Bar-B-Q Seasoning and marry it to our lip-smacking premium jerky. The result is undeniably unique!

Through this marriage, Grippo’s Jerky was born in 2018. Grippo’s Beef Sticks followed in 2019.

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Interested in distributing Pap’s on your home turf? Reach out to us at explore@papsjerky.com to explore the opportunities.


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