Billy Franks is the brainchild of Will Yates, former senior web designer for Totaljobs Group (in London). Will grew up in Texas and, after moving to the UK, he was really struggling to find good quality beef jerky.
To satisfy those (salty cured meat cravings), Will began making small batches of homemade jerky in 2012 in his one bed flat in Clerkenwell. After allowing his friends to try some of his much loved, home cured beef jerky – Will realised he was on to something good. The feedback on his product was good enough that he decided to create his own website and from here he started to sell these high-quality meat treats to the masses.
After two years of producing his beef jerky in his spare time, Will realised that he could turn his hobby into his career. In November 2014, Will Yates quit his job to put all of his time into producing his award-winning, high protein, artisan mean snacks full-time. The demand for good quality, grass-fed and red tractor certified beef & turkey jerky, respectively, were high.
Central to the Billy Franks brand is passion on provenance. Will has ensured that he will only ever use the best grass-fed, native breed and indigenous beef that Britain has to offer.
Billy Franks Boozy Bacon Jam was developed for a hot dog topping competition (which he won) back in 2014. While tinkering about in his warehouse development kitchen in Hackney Wick Will decided to enter his spreadable bacon Jam into the Great Taste Awards which won him a Gold Start a the Great Taste Awards in 2015. The Guild of Fine Foods Great Taste is the world’s largest and most trusted food and drink awards. In fact, Billy Franks has won three Great Taste Awards and the Young British Foodie awards.
After years of his mates hassling him for Jars, a stint crowdfunding and settling into his new unit on Druid Street, Will finally had the time to bottle his boozy bacon jam. This stuff deserves to be slathered on a cheese toastie, dolloped on a juicy burger and can also be eaten straight from the jar. Ever since we tasted Wills Boozy bacon jam at the YBF Awards and Meatopia in 2014 we were hooked and had to have it on our shelves. The wait is over, Billy Franks Boozy Bacon Jam is now available at all markets. Sourced Market are the first retailer to stock Billy Franks Boozy Bacon Jam – finger.on.the.pulse!