About Us


Imagine a mill that's powered by a pristine creek. The wheel turns with a slow churn as the water runs through, powering a mill that makes stone ground corn meal the old fashioned way. It's a little rustic, but it reminds you of a simpler time. A time when things were made the way they should be. This isn't a place that's make-believe. It's Johnson's Mill on Barren Creek and just from the sound of that wheel turning, you can tell that it's making something special.

Johnson's Mill has been a family owned for five generations. Robert Johnson started it all, followed by family members Al Auther and Johnny Johnson. Today, it's run by a team of father, Jimmy Johnson, and sons: John and Andy Johnson.

Although the original mill washed away during a flood in 1916, the Johnson family has taken care to rebuild the business. A new mill – the one that's still in use today – was built in 1916 and continues to operate with the original stones making corn meal. In 1984, the business expanded with the addition of a feed mill and in 2004, the Johnson family moved into a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, where Barren Creek Beef Jerky was born in 2008. Finally, on May 18, 2010, Barren Creek Beef Jerky became a US Registered Trademark.

It's been a long road, but we're proud of our commitment to making things the old fashioned way. After all, isn't that the way it should be?

Today, Barren Creek Beef Jerky and Johnson's Mill is proud to offer a full line of products that can take you back to a simpler time. Old fashioned beef jerky, jerky chew, beef sticks, honey, rock candy, and stone ground corn meal are just a few of the snacks and pantry staples we offer from our family to yours. We make them with the same promise of quality and flavor that we have made since that water wheel first started turning.

Our water wheel still turns on Barren Creek, just like it did all those years ago.

We hope you will enjoy our products, as many people have for five generations. From our family to yours, we thank you for your business.
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P: 1-800-584-2490
A: 4105 Highway 33 South
New Tazewell, TN 37825
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