THE FOUNDATION FOR JACK LINK'S BEGAN IN THE 1880S WHEN JACK'S GREAT-GRANDFATHER, CHRIS, CAME TO AMERICA FROM THE OLD COUNTRY AND SETTLED IN THE WILDERNESS OF NORTHERN WISCONSIN. HE DIDN'T BRING MUCH WITH HIM, BUT HE DID BRING HIS FAMILY'S SAUSAGE RECIPES. SOON HIS SAUSAGES AND SMOKED MEATS BECAME LEGEND AMONG THE PIONEER FAMILIES.
Chris' son Earl, opened the town's first general store and butcher shop and continued the family tradition of making the best meat products. In 1916, Earl's son, Wolf Link, was born and learned the meat business at his father's side. He grew up and became a successful cattleman, raising the finest beef in the region. Before too long, Wolf had a son named Jack. Jack Link. And that's where things really took off.
While hunting with his family, Jack had the idea to make jerky with his great-grandfather's Old World recipes. Working with his sons they created a jerky that was so good friends and neighbors were always asking for more. At this point they created their first product, Jack Link's Beef Steaks, and began selling it throughout the region.