American Dreamers: Carleton’s Grand Jerky

Local entrepreneur with deep roots in the hunting, fishing, trapping and farming way of life turns his tried-and-true sweet brine jerky recipe into a regional powerhouse that is poised for nationwide distribution. Randy Carleton of Carleton's Grand Jerky describes how his unique gourmet flavor and tender texture using premium cuts of meat is replacing the tough-as-shoe leather national varieties on the palettes of local consumers, vaulting him into more than 400 locations in seven states in just three years of business.