Real Smokey. No Jokey.
As a kid, during crabbing season Jeff (future Van Smokey himself) and his dad would wake up crazy early, go down to the water and start dropping cages to try and catch dinner. Jeff's dad, being the smart man he was, knew that if he didn't keep this kid well fed, he would have a hangry little monster on his hands. Allowed one snack to choose from Jeff went with the jerky every time and has ever since.
Years later when Jeff's dad was diagnosed with cancer, Jeff moved back to Delaware to help out and to build a smokehouse so they could make their own jerky to enjoy together just like in the old crabbing days. Before they were even able to fire up the smokehouse the first time, his dad passed. After this loss, Jeff moved to the Catskills and built a smokehouse there in his backyard, starting Van Smokey as a way to connect with his dad and the new community he calls home.
From that first smoker in Delaware, to experimenting in his Brooklyn apartment on a little portable electric number, Jeff has smoked a lot of meats. After years of experimenting, he set up shop in the town and community that helped nurture his ideas and gave the product its first shot. Located in Livingston Manor, in the heart of the Catskill mountains, Van Smokey is dedicated to developing new products that are exciting to try and fun to create. After all, if you aren't having fun, what's the point?