The Big Fork Story
Big Fork Brands is a Chicago-based, family-owned company centered on innovation; through Bacon Sausage, Flexitarian Sausage, Craft Pork Jerky, Pork Snack Sticks, and The Original Chicago Sauce. We work with small family farmers in Iowa who raise heritage hogs outdoors without the use of antibiotics. These hogs live the good life with continuous access to the outdoors. We consider the hogs "The 3%", since 97% of the hogs raised in Iowa come from confined feedlots. Why not feedlots??? For these three distinct reasons:
1. Community - confined feedlots stink!
2. Environment - confined feedlots often contaminate the local watershed
3. Humanitarian – our hogs have 24hrs outside access
We like to say happy hogs make great tasting sausage, jerky, and meat sticks. Clean label, great tasting products, with a unique twist, that's Big Fork.
ANTIBIOTIC FREE PORK
USING REAL HARDWOOD 100% BERKSHIRE HOGS - RAISED OUTDOORS BY SMALL INDEPENDENT FARMERS IN IOWA
Craft Pork Snack Stick
Being Hangry is no fun for you or those around you. That's why Big Fork created our line of Craft Pork Snack Sticks. This on-the-go, clean label protein is not only delish, but they are also made with only clean and pure ingredients good for your body and mind. Each snack stick is only 50 calories yet pack 7 grams of lean, belly-filling protein in each easy to carry stick. Available in 3 tasty flavors: Original, Maple-Pepper, and Thai Green Curry.
BEST NEW FOOD IN AMERICA
"Worthy & Necessary Innovation."
— Esquire Magazine
Bacon Sausage... Wait, what???
We work with small independent family farmers in Iowa that raise 100% Berkshire Hogs outdoors, without the use of antibiotics. Using the best tasting bacon on the planet is one of the reason why our sausage tastes so good. The bacon is nitrate-free and hardwood smoked. We grind the amazing bacon with pork and add a little pure brown sugar and sea salt. Then we naturally encase the sausage and smoke it using a combination of hickory and applewood hardwoods. Our sausage is made the traditional smokehouse way, with one difference, we cram as much bacon into every encased meat we make. On the premise that bacon makes everything better, we’re making sausage better with BACON. That’s basically it. Keeping it pure and simple, letting the clean pork and smoky bacon speak for itself.
Available in 8 smoky flavors: Hickory & Applewood, Aged, Cheddar, Maple & Brown Sugar, Cracked Black Pepper, Chicken & Bacon, Spicy 3-Pepper, Portabella, and Bacon & Ale.
Craft Pork Jerky
Big Fork knows that everyone loves bacon, so we crafted a bacon-inspired pork jerky so you can enjoy the flavor of bacon anytime, anywhere, without guilt. Big Fork Craft Pork Jerky is meaty, smoky, sweet, savory, and most importantly craveable. Big Fork supports small independent farmers in Iowa who raise 100% Berkshire Hogs outdoors. These hogs are not treated with antibiotics, so you know you are getting premium-quality, handcrafted, delicious jerky. We use the best tasting pork on the planet. We slice the lean pork thin and marinate it overnight. Then it’s slow smoked and dried in small batches to a perfect tender bite and texture. Packed with 11 grams of Paleo friendly protein and totaling 100 calories per pack, this is one lean, mean, fighting machine. Like all of our products, Big Fork always uses only simple and clean ingredients. You can taste the difference. Available in 3 mouthwatering flavors: Original, Maple, and Spicy 3-Pepper
About the Founder
Born and raised in Iowa, Lance learned at an early age the importance the pork industry has on his native state. With his chef background, Lance focused his efforts by combining his upbringing as an Iowan and his culinary expertise in Chicago to launch Big Fork. With his background as a chef and the passion of an entrepreneur, Lance set out to become the new sausage king of Chicago. Seeing the decline of quality sausage back in 2010 Lance came up with the idea of combining two great meats, bacon & sausage together to create a singular super meat called Bacon Sausage. Since then, Lance continues to expand Big Fork’s product line by launching a new flexitarian pork sausage and a Chicago-centric sauce, The Original Chicago Sauce. Big Fork has been featured on QVC, Inc., Esquire, Food & Wine, The Chicago Tribune, WGN, WGN Radio, CBS, and Fox.