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.
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.
Raised Without Antibiotics or Added HormonesNo Added Sodium NitritesAllergen FriendlyGluten FreePaleo & Keto FriendlyLunchbox Approved
We buy all of the certified humanely raised meats we can, always free from antibiotics and added hormones.
We use the finest cuts of meat that are hand trimmed and ground.
All of our products are made with no added sodium nitrites.*
We use real spices and ingredients — like garlic, cracked pepper, and mustard seed.
We deliver the finest flavor by naturally fermenting to lower pH, rather than adding encapsulated citrus or liquid acids.
We use ground corn cobs and maple wood shavings to smoke our meat sticks — we never use liquid or artificial smoke flavor.
All of our products are free from MSG, artificial flavors, sweeteners, preservatives and the Big 8 Allergens (Milks, Eggs, Gluten, Fish, Shellfish, Tree Nuts, Peanuts & Soy).