Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Ed's Roadhouse Jerky - Sweet 'N "Spicy" - Lil Smokey

Ed's Roadhouse Jerky - Sweet 'N "Spicy" - Lil Smokey


I've come to the conclusion that Ed from Ed's Roadhouse Jerky is on a personal mission to make every flavor of jerky that one can possibly think of. Just go to his website and look at the flavors available! Flavors like Hawaiian Pineapple Ginger, Sweet Red Pepper, Inferno Ghost Pepper, Spicy Sweet Apple and Spicy Fajita are just a few of the flavors out of about 17 or more flavors he has for sale at his site. Now I normally wouldn't be impressed by the amount of flavors a company has if the jerky is horrible, but as you know (if you've been reading this blog at all), Ed in my book makes some of the best jerky you can buy, thus making the awesome flavor combinations even better!

Ed's newest jerky available is called - Sweet 'N Spicy - Lil Smokey and it describes the jerky perfectly. When you first start on the jerky the natural meat flavor is very noticeable, then the different combination of seasonings hit you, then the sweet smoky taste comes out, then it all ends with a nice heat punch, that isn't mouth burning hot, but leaves a nice hotness in your mouth after chewing the jerky. It's an awesome jerky eating experience. The sweetness is not overly sweet, but probably gets it's sweetness from the "Sweet Apple Smoke" that is included in the ingredients, Molasses is also listed in the ingredients that probably gives it another burst of sweetness. A lot of jerkys that are called Sweet & Spicy usually are either way too sweet and not spicy enough, or way too spicy and not sweet enough, it's a combination that companies seem to have a hard time with, not with this jerky it's a great even mixture of sweet and spicy. The smokiness and heat of the jerky is perfect. As someone who doesn't like their jerky overly hot, this Sweet N Spicy flavor fits the heat quota perfectly. I gave some of this jerky to a coworker and I asked them what they thought and he said it perfectly, "As you chew the jerky you get different flavors the longer you chew it".

The texture is the same as all of Ed's great jerky. Like I stated in previous reviews, Ed's jerky simply melts in your mouth and is so fresh tasting that you would swear he made it an hour ago. The ingredients say "Angus Beef" and it's an awesome cut of meat.

Ed's jerky can be ordered online at his website, www.edsroadhousejerky. He sells the jerky in various size packages, anywhere from 2 oz packages all the way to 5 pound packages. I've always found Ed's prices reasonable and what I like about ordering from him is that if you're short on cash or want to try a different flavor from him then you can order the small 2 oz bags. In conclusion, Ed has another winning flavor on his hands with this Sweet 'N "Spicy" - Lil Smokey jerky. Oh yea, be on the lookout for something different from Ed's in the near future!!

Monday, June 07, 2010

Mahogany Beef Jerky - Sweet & Spicy

Mahogany Beef Jerky - Sweet & Spicy

Grade: B-

I've tried a lot of "Sweet & Spicy" flavored beef jerkys in my time, and most of the time the jerky ends up being just "sweet" or just "spicy" without combining the two together. I'm happy to say that Mahogany's Sweet & Spicy jerky mixes the two together perfectly. When you first start chewing the jerky the sweetness hits your taste buds and you think to yourself, hmm, this is a nice sweet jerky. Then after chewing a while, the spiciness hits your taste buds and you feel the heat. Then you finish the jerky with a nice taste of sweetness in your mouth and the lingering heat of the spiciness. In fact, I finished eating a piece of this jerky about a minute ago and I still feel a little heat in my mouth. Don't be scared off if you dislike jerky too hot, this jerky does pack heat, but it's not enough to scare off wimps like me.

Reading the ingredients on the bag, it inclues honey, brown sugar, pineapple juice, cayenne pepper and tabasco sauce along with others. While I can't taste those individual ingredients separately, the mixture makes for a very good sweet & spicy flavor. The jerky is a "wetter" style jerky, probably due to all the liquid ingredients it uses as a marinade. The ONLY problem I have with this jerky that drags it down to a B-, is that some pieces are thick and are hard to chew. Now, once you break it down and chew a while, it becomes easier, but I wish it were thinner and easier to eat.

You can get this jerky at Mahogany's website.. www.smokedmeats.com. A 4 ounce bag cost me $8.95, and when you include shipping the price does get high. Looking around the site I see that Mahogany sells all type of goodies, so you may want to check it out for yourself. In summary, a good jerky that could have been better if it were easier to chew.

Wild Joe's Beef Jerky - "Natural" Style

Wild Joe's Beef Jerky - "Natural" Style

Grade: A

This is another great flavor from Wild Joe's. I recently found out about Wild Joe's by accident, when I was just surfing around random beef jerky sites, and so far with the two flavors that I tried, I'm glad I found them. This jerky is on the dryer side, but it's not overly dry. The dryness makes for a great chew and once you start chewing it moistens up nicely. The thing I found unusual about the jerky's taste is that it tastes a lot like Mingua Brothers beef jerky. Maybe they use they same type of Soy Sauce based marinade, but it's scary how close this tastes like Mingua Brothers. You can definitely tell the marinade they use is Soy Sauce based, but along with that taste, you can taste garlic flavor in the jerky. The Soy flavor and other seasonings make a great flavor when you chew the jerky. I can definitely go through a whole bag of this jerky in one sitting. So if you're wondering, if this jerky and Mingua Brothers tastes almost the same, why I gave this jerky an A and Mingua Brothers a B , it's because Mingua Brothers jerky is more greasy and the flavor is stronger than Wild Joe's. I really don't think you'll be disappointed in this jerky if you like a dryer style jerky.

Wild Joe's Beef Jerky can be bought on their website, www.wildjoesbeefjerky.com. A half pound of Wild Joe's is $15.00, when you include shipping the price can get high, but it's an awesome jerky, so to me it's worth the little extra you'll pay.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Wild Joe's Beef Jerky - Prime Rib Flavor

Wild Joe's Beef Jerky - Prime Rib Flavor

Grade: A

I recently ordered some jerky from Wild Joe's Beef Jerky and included in the order that was sent was some samples of other flavors of jerky. It's really classy when a company does include a few small sample size bags of their products, and it's a great way to promote their other flavors. They included 2 small bags of the Prime Rib Flavor of their jerky. The jerky is on the dryer side (which I personally love), the jerky does moisten up when you start chewing it just like a good jerky should. When eating the jerky, no particular flavor overpowers the other flavors, which in my book is a good thing! The flavors mesh well together with the natural meat flavor of the jerky. I love a jerky that has a nice natural meat flavor, and this one fits the bill. There is a very tiny bit of spiciness, but it's very faint. Now, I don't think it tastes like "Prime Rib", but it's a very good tasting jerky, that I will definitely buy in the future. Please remember that I like my jerky on the "dryer" thin side with a natural meat flavor as opposed to a thick "wet" jerky, so keep that in consideration of my review.

Wild Joe's Beef Jerky can be bought on their website.. wildjoesbeefjerky.com. When looking at their website, I notice that you can buy most of their flavors in the 3.5 ounce size, but can only get the "Prime Rib Flavor" in the half pound size for $15.00. When you include shipping it isn't the cheapest jerky out there but I've learned a long time ago, that it's not always better to go cheaper. Again, this jerky is a great "dryish" jerky, with great flavors that mesh together well and makes for a flavorful and awesome jerky!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Liberty Jerky - Teriyaki Flavor

Liberty Jerky - Teriyaki Flavor

Grade: B

Finally, I return with more jerky reviews. It's been hectic around the Abitaman household, but I'm going to try to keep the jerky reviews coming on a semi-regular basis and to start off the new batch of jerky reviews let's look at Liberty Jerky - Teriyaki flavor. I found this jerky to be quit good, when you first bite into the jerky you can definitely tell it uses a soy sauce/teriyaki based marinade. The soy sauce/teriyaki flavor is the first thing you taste then there's a spiciness to the jerky. The spiciness isn't mouth burning hot, but you can definitely feel the heat. The other flavors of the jerky mixed well with the teriyaki and heat and made for a good jerky. There are other spices mixed into the jerky which gives the jerky a nice flavor while you are chewing it. I want to note that the soy sauce/teriyaki flavor does not overpower the other spices of the jerky.

The texture of the jerky is on the dryish side just like I like my jerky and once you start chewing on the jerky it moistens up and makes for a great chew. This is the type of jerky you really can't go wrong with.

You can order this jerky and Liberty Jerky's other flavors from their website, www.libertyjerky.com . The prices are $5.99 for 3.5 ounces and $10.99 for 7 ounces, and the shipping was reasonable. This was a good jerky to start my reviews up again, and I'll definitely be buying this jerky again!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Pappy Kershenstine Rattlesnake Beer

On my other website, www.runningwithabita.com , I just posted a post about Pappy Kershenstine's Rattlesnake Beer. If you have seen this brew around lately please visit the site and let me know!

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

At What Point Is It Too Much?

I love Pappy Kershenstine's jerky. I've loved the jerky since I was a teen, many years ago. It was always my "must get" item when I went to stores that sold the stuff. But in the last few months this trend has stopped. Why? Because of the price increase. Kershenstine used to sell their jerky for anywhere between $2.39 to $2.99 for 1.2 ounces. Now the price has jumped to anywhere between $4.25 to over $5.00 for the same 1.2 ounces! That breaks down to at least $56 a pound if not more! Now, I pick up a bag much less frequently. Are they out pricing themselves? I think so. No matter how much I love their jerky, I've been thinking twice about picking up a bag and spending close to $5 for 1.2 ounces. What is everyone's opinion about this?

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Cheap Rip Off

Because I'm so full of ideas and was looking to do a different type of review/food/product site, I decided to open up:


While Beef Jerky Land will focus on reviews of Beef Jerky (something that I'm way behind on!), www.cheapripoff.com will offer a different type of review. On the site I will put up a well known name brand product up against their cheap rip off brand (hence, the name cheap rip off). It's up now, and in the first battle it's the Beef Ravioli Challenge, which will win, go to www.cheapripoff.com to find out!

And if you're looking for individual reviews, don't forget www.abitamanreviews.com!

One more thing: I promise to add more jerky reviews soon!

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