Justin “Duke” Havlik

Meet the man behind the meat.

The real Duke is actually a guy named Justin. An Eagle Scout who grew up running around the Rocky Mountains searching out roadside jerky stands and exploring Colorado’s back country with his family.

His undying love of smoked meats really kicked into high gear when a neighbor gave him an old backyard smoker. Something inside Justin just clicked and he dedicated all of his free time obsessing over different cuts of meat, inventing, and reinventing the perfect marinades and using unique hardwood smokes on jerkies and slow-dried sausages.

After months of taste testing smoked meats, his brother said, “You know, Justin, you’re like the Duke of Jerky.” And thus, Duke’s was born.