Consciously Crafted, Deliberately Delicious
We believe good food doesn’t have to be complicated, so we keep it pretty simple. At Vermont Smoke & Cure, we’ve been consciously crafting delicious smoked meats and meat snacks since 1962. We use responsibly sourced meats and simple ingredients, spices and herbs to create the finest flavor in every bite of our meat snacks.
- We buy all of the certified humanely raised meats we can, and we have transparent sourcing for all of our meats.
- We primarily use ground corn cobs and maple wood shavings to smoke our meat sticks — we never use liquid or artificial smoke flavor.
- We hand trim all of our meats and we grind our meats on-site.
- We use the real spices and ingredients — like garlic, cracked pepper, mustard seed, etc.
- All of our products are made with no added sodium nitrites (except those naturally occurring in celery juice powder and sea salt).
- We ferment to lower pH the old-school way for the best flavor, instead of using artificial processing aids, like encapsulated lactic or citric acid.
- All of our products are free from the Big 8 Allergens (Milks, Eggs, Gluten, Fish, Shellfish, Tree Nuts, Peanuts & Soy).
Vermont Smoke & Cure® is a certified Vermont Benefit Corporation — we intercorporate our social mission into our business goals by considering the impact of our operations on our employees, customers, community, and the environment. For example, more than 50% of our electricity is solar generated withherein 60 miles of our facility. We also use high efficiency smokers to reduce energy needs by more than 10%. You can read our Benefit Corporation report here.
Made the Vermont Way Since 1962
Vermont Smoke & Cure® got its start in 1962 in South Barre, Vermont, serving the small town made up of many immigrants drawn by the granite quarrying and carving industry. For the next 50 years, we operated in a farmhouse and then in the back of a gas station.
Chris Bailey, a farmer, chef, and former US team cyclist took over and renamed the business Vermont Smoke & Cure. Chris brought a modern approach to recipes, processing techniques. He also made a commitment to use better quality, ethically raised meats.
Real Sticks Launch
Chris launched Real Sticks in 2010 — nitrate-free sticks made with meat raised without antibiotics. The line quickly gained a foothold with natural foods and specialty grocery shoppers across the country.
Smokehouse Expansion & Brand Relaunch
After moving from Barre to Hinesburg in 2012, we completed an expansion of our smokehouse increasing our capacity 4x. We also relaunched the brand with a unique, colorful palate, standing out in the category.
100% ABF & Sodium Nitrite Free!
In 2016, we relaunched our Uncured Smoked Pepperoni, meaning ALL Vermont Smoke & Cure products are now 100% sodium nitrite free and made from meat raised without antibiotics.
Mini Meat Stick Launch
With the growing trend for portable, better for you snacks, we launched our mini meat sticks to meet the needs of families across the country.
Grass Fed Beef Sticks
We launched 2 Grass Fed & Finished Beef Flavors in 2018, leveraging our amazing smokehouse to deliver truly delicious better for you beef sticks.
Explore Our Meat Sources
We believe healthy meat starts at the source. We are proud to work with some of the finest natural meat suppliers. From large scale to small, our purchases are helping to improve livestock agriculture.
Grass-Fed Beef from Australia
Verde Farms grass-fed beef from Australia is 100% free range — NEVER confined to feedlots, using no added growth hormones, and according to strict animal welfare protocols. Famous for its Grass-Fed beef, Australian farmers raise free range cattle in spacious grasslands. Herds can be afforded up to 10 acres per head and these cattle range freely within rotational feeding systems that are focused on optimizing the long-term sustainability of the land.
Turkey from New Oxford, PA
Plainville Farms works with farmers who follow strict animal welfare standards. The turkeys are free-roaming in well-ventilated barns, offering more room than those of factory-raised birds. Turkeys are vegetarians, so they believe it is wrong to feed them animal byproducts. Also wrong? Giving antibiotics to healthy animals. Because animal welfare is such an important tenet to Plainville, they don’t simply do internal audits, they use external third party audits to assure that their animal welfare practices meet or exceed the highest possible standards. Plainville is our sole supplier of turkey raised without antibiotics, vegetarian fed and without added hormones.
Beef from Gloucester, ME
Pineland Farms Natural Beef utilizes the most stringent protocols for producing natural beef in the industry, resulting in the highest quality and best tasting beef on the market. From its humble beginnings on the rocky coast of Maine to its present day sourcing from over 200+ farming families, Pineland Farms Natural Meats continues to maintain the same missions and goals: to strengthen family farms across the country, to raise cattle with dignity and integrity, and to ensure the highest quality beef makes it to your table. Pineland Farms is our primary supplier of beef raised without antibiotics, vegetarian fed and without added hormones.
Pork from Dakota Dunes, SD
Open Prairie is a provider of natural pork raised free of added hormones, growth promotants, antibiotics and artificial ingredients. As one of our suppliers, they are committed to insuring their farm and ranch partners put the health and welfare of their animals, along with the overall health of the environment at the forefront of everything they do. Their meats can be summed up in two ideas. “First, nothing good comes easy: it requires hard work, patience and a respect for the land. Second, honor the beauty of simplicity.”
Beef from Kansas City, MO
As the fourth largest U.S. beef company, National Beef® Packing Company has come a long way from its origins as a single beef processing plant in 1992. Today, it is known as an American Beef Supplier dedicated to building its customers’ success by producing and delivering high-quality fresh, chilled, and further processed beef. National Beef supplies Vermont Smoke & Cure with its NatureSource® brand of all natural beef, which is raised without antibiotics or added hormones. The cattle are raised on ranches known for their open-range practices. National Beef is a secondary supplier of beef raised with without antibiotics, vegetarian fed and without added hormones.
Pork from Kings Mountain, NC
Coleman Natural Foods has been a pioneer in no-antibiotics-ever meats, part of a legacy of quality that stretches back to 1875. Coleman works with family farmers throughout the country who share a conviction to provide families with no-antibiotics-ever poultry, pork, lamb and beef. Coleman does not believe that nature intended for animals to eat animal by-products, to be raised in conditions that require antibiotics to keep them healthy, or to be administered drugs that make them grow faster.
Coleman ensures high standards for animal welfare. This includes working with the Global Animal Partnership (GAP), along with other welfare audits. Animals are raised in a reduced-stress environment, never administered antibiotics or growth-promoting drugs (including hormones or steroids*) and fed an all-vegetarian diet with no animal by-products. Coleman is a secondary supplier of pork raised with without antibiotics, vegetarian fed and without added hormones.