Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Spencer's Gourmet Beef Jerky - Sweet & Spicy Orange

Spencer's Gourmet Beef Jerky - Sweet & Spicy Orange

Grade: B

This is one interesting jerky. I had never heard of Spencer's before trying this jerky and from looking at their flavor varieties on their site, it looks like they have some interesting flavors. This flavor's name describes this jerky perfectly. When you first try this jerky the orange flavor is really the standout flavor that you get. After chewing it for a while the spiciness kicks in, it's not too hot but there is a little heat to it. I also caught a "pineapple" flavor in this jerky and then when I read the ingredients I saw that it does have some pineapple juice listed as one of the ingredients. The flavor is unique and is quite good. The texture is too thick for me and when you chew the jerky it turns kind of powdery instead of making for a nice long chew. The texture really pushed this jerky into a B category. I'm still looking forward to their other flavors and will eventually try them all out. You can order Spencer's Gourmet Jerky from their website, www.spencersjerky.com. The jerky costs $3.50 for 1.75 ounces, their shipping is reasonable and even offer free shipping on orders over $25.00. If a Sweet & Spicy Orange Jerky that has a hint of pineapple to it sounds interesting to you then you should give it a shot.


Ed's Roadhouse Jerky - Spicy Fajita Fiesta

Ed's Roadhouse Jerky - Spicy Fajita "Fiesta"

Grade: A

Ed now has 13 flavors of jerky available now that he has added this flavor to his web site. I'm under the belief that instead of having regular dreams at night that he dreams of different flavors of jerky that he can try to make. This jerky's flavor definitely has a "mexican" taste to it. When I first tried it, I caught a salsa taste to it and the other people that tried it said the same thing. Then as I ate more and more it became more of a spicy mexican chili flavor, then when I got to the bottom of the bag it reminded me fajitas from a mexican restaurant. So in summary, the flavors of the jerky has unique elements with the main element being a mexican flavor. It's a jerky you really have to try to appreciate. I could put this jerky on a soft tortilla, throw some salsa and sour cream on it and really make a meal out if it. This jerky does have a heat kick to it so be warned if you're sensitive to this type of thing, I didn't find it too spicy for a wimp like me, but just take note that it does have a kick. The texture of the jerky is the same as all of Ed's jerky, nice and tender and it melts in your mouth. If you haven't tried any of Ed's jerky yet, you are really missing out. You can order all of Ed's jerky from his website, www.edsroadhousejerky.com. He offers his jerky in just about any size imaginable, all the way from 2 ounce bags to 80 ounce bags, and his shipping prices are very reasonable. I'm curious to see what type of flavors Ed will dream up next, I still hope one day that someone will come out with a pickle flavored jerky!

Robertson's Real Beef Jerky - Hickory Smoked

Robertson's Real Beef Jerky - Hickory Smoked

Grade: A+

A word of warning to the readers of my blog, I have a special place in my heart for the type of jerky that Robertson's makes, it's the type of jerky that I grew up with and it's the type of jerky that I used to take with me on my long 8 hour trips to Texas that I used to make 6 or 8 times a month for work. This stuff is great. Robertson's jerky texture is very much on the dry side and I love that dryness, it makes for a fantastic chew once you start on it and lasts a long time. Don't take the dryness for being too hard to chew because it's not, it moistens up quickly once you start to chew the jerky, take a sip of beer or soda with the jerky and you're in jerky heaven. The flavor is awesome, some saltiness, a little pepper, the hickory smoke flavor and maybe a little sweetness and that's it. The spices do not overtake the "meat" flavor and makes for an unbelievable taste. The smokiness to the jerky is outstanding and it's not over smoked at all. The jerky comes in long "slabs" and you have to break off pieces to eat. Again, this style of jerky is outstanding in my book and Robertson's does an awesome job with it. The name describes it best "Robertson's Real Beef Jerky", and it is my readers it is. You can order Robertson's jerky on their website, www.robertsonshams.com. I paid $12.95 for half a pound of jerky plus shipping costs, they carry all types of meats that I may one day try out.

Smoky Mountain Beef Jerky - Sweet BBQ

Smoky Mountain Beef Jerky - Sweet BBQ

Grade: B-


Another good jerky from Smoky Mountain. This one is called Sweet BBQ flavor and it really describes the flavor of the jerky perfectly. Unlike most of the other flavors of Smoky Mountain jerky that I tried the texture of this jerky is much "wetter" and more moist than their other flavors which usually are more on the dry side. It probably has to do with the sweet BBQ marinade they use on this jerky. You'll definitely have to wash your hands after you eat some of this jerky because your hands will be sticky. The jerky makes for a great chew once you start munching on a piece, and is very easy to eat. The flavor is like the name implies, a sweet BBQ flavor that really overpowers the taste of the meat. The flavor is very much on the sweet side with a taste of BBQ sauce thrown in. On the bag they list brown sugar as an ingredient for the jerky and I could tell that they used it before even reading the ingredients. While eating the jerky, you get a piece now and then with some heat to it, not all the pieces have the heat kick, but you do find a piece every once in a while with a kick. There's one thing that keeps this jerky from getting a higher score and that is because after a few pieces of this jerky you start getting tired of the sweet BBQ flavor. It has a flavor that I could only enjoy every now and then and the flavor prevented me from eating too much of it at one sitting. The sweet BBQ flavor really gets to you in a bad way after eating too much at one time. It gets a B- because I still enjoyed it somewhat in small doses. You can order all of the Smoky Mountain products at, www.jaysjerky.com. This bag cost me $5.75 for 4oz and the shipping was reasonable. Another good product by Smoky Mountain even if I only could eat this jerky in small batches.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Smoky Mountain Beef Jerky - Ol' Smokey

Smoky Mountain Beef Jerky - Ol' Smoky

Grade: B


Another good quality jerky from Smoky Mountain. This one, like every other flavor from them that I tried, has that same thin, dryish texture that I love. Once you start chewing it, the jerky moistens up and makes for a great chew. The flavors are pretty similar to all the other jerkys that I tried from them, it's a combination of different spices and flavors that make for a great unique taste. You can taste the onion, garlic, and other flavors in the jerky that make it one great chew. It's a little on the high sodium side if you care about those type of things (but I don't and for me, it makes the jerky better). The one thing that kept this jerky from being an A is that this jerky is named Ol' Smoky and I thought that it would have a more pronounced smoky flavor, but there is none. Smoky Mountain's Garlic jerky had a great garlic flavor to it, so I thought that this flavor would be more "smoky", but it isn't. In fact, I probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference between Ol' Smoky and their original flavor. Aside from that one negative, this is still one great jerky that stands out from a lot of the jerky out there. You can order Smoky Mountain jerky from their website, www.jaysjerky.com. Their prices are good ($5.75 for 4 oz) and their shipping costs are very reasonable. In summary, this is a very good jerky that stands out above most jerky out there, I just wish the "smokiness" would have been more prevalent, since this jerky is called "Ol' Smoky".

Firehouse Jerky - Mild

Firehouse Jerky - Mild

Grade: C-


I ordered this jerky after reading about it on a comment from a fellow reader. All I've got to say is, blah. This is below average generic jerky. This stuff tastes exactly like any jerky that you can buy in any gas station anywhere. The texture is too thick for my liking, and would be okay if the flavor would make up for the texture, but it doesn't. The jerky has a smokiness and there is a combination of a few good flavors mixed in, but I can't get over the bland generic flavor of this jerky. There's no reason to go into anymore details on this jerky and if you want to give this jerky a try, you'd be better off buying some Bridgford jerky from the Dollar General because it tastes just about the same. But if you're into bland forgettable jerky, you can order this stuff at www.firehousejerky.com. One other thing, I hate jerky companies that make bold statements like, "Firehouse Jerky offers three unique flavors: Mild (Traditional), Pepper and Hot (and we mean HOT). We hope you try our one-of-a-kind beef jerky. We know that once you do, you will never look at jerky the same way." Then when you do try it, it's the same as a lot of jerky you find in gas stations across the country.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Sograte - Chili Lime Beef Jerky

Sograte - Chili Lime Beef Jerky

Grade: A


I always forget how good Sograte jerky is until I open a bag and start eating it. So far, I have tried the Original and Texas Heat flavors and both have not disappointed me and were outstanding. The Chili Lime flavor is no exception. The jerky like all their jerky is a little on the "thicker" side and makes for a great chew. When you start chewing the jerky it's very moist and is great. The flavor is outstanding. It's on the "hotter" side, but the heat doesn't overpower the other flavors. Sograte does an excellent job in their seasonings, each flavor doesn't overpower the other and they all combine to make a great taste. There is a bit of heat to this jerky, but not too much for my sensitive taste buds. There is also a nice smokiness to the jerky that makes a great finish. Once again, the smokiness doesn't overpower the other spices like so many other smoky jerkys do, but the natural smokiness does linger along with the heat of the jerky that leaves a great taste in your mouth after eating the jerky. I was afraid that this "chili" flavor would have a nasty taste like other "chili" products, like chili flavored fritos or chili flavored Slim Jims, but this flavor is not like those at all. The only small negative that I have about this jerky is that I wish it would have more of a Lime flavor. With a name like Chili Lime, I thought that there would be more of a tartness to the jerky, but unfortunately I can barely even distinguish the lime flavoring in the jerky. I think that a more pronounced lime flavor would have really meshed well with the Chili heat and made this jerky even better. I was curious and cut a fresh lime and put some lime juice on this jerky to see what flavor I would get, and it was awesome, the acidity of the lime juice really complimented the chili flavor of the jerky and made it even better. Even with that small negative this is one terrific jerky that goes great with a nice cold beer. You can get this jerky on their website, www.sograte.com. It's $5.00 for 3 ounces and they offer a flat shipping rate of $4.95. For a high quality jerky like this it's a great deal.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

The Jerky Guy - Teriyaki

The Jerky Guy - Teriyaki

Grade: D


Someone recommended this jerky to me from the comments section on a different review. All I can say is that this is one jerky that the texture makes this uneatable in my opinion. When I received the jerky, there was all this information from the company stating how much healthier their jerky was compared to other jerky companies. But after trying it out, they should have put a few unhealthy things in it because this jerky really let me down. Flavor wise, it does have a nice Teriyaki flavor, a bit sweet and would make for a good jerky if it wasn't for the texture. I was thinking and thinking about a word to describe this jerky's texture and then I gave a piece to a couple of friends and someone came up with the perfect description. Upon trying a piece my friend spit it out and said, "gross, this is like eating potted meat." And there you go, it has the same mushy texture of potted meat. In fact, one of my friends said, no way this is real beef. The mushy texture destroys this jerky. If someone has no teeth and needs their food to be mushy, then this jerky is perfect for them, but for myself (who has a healthy set of teeth), this jerky went straight into the garbage can.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Josephson's Smoked Original Salmon Jerky

Josephson's Smoked Original Salmon Jerky

Grade: F


Have you ever eaten something so bad that you know you will have nightmares about it. Well, I have, and it's called Josephson's Smoked Original Salmon Jerky. A couple of friends were at the house and I decided to pull this jerky out to try it with them. As soon as I opened this bag and the smell hit me, I knew I was in trouble. The smell is awful. Think about a rotten fish smell, and that's what you have. I was about to throw the jerky out as soon as the smell hit me, but being a trooper, I tried it. It didn't taste as bad as it smelled but the taste was horrible. It tasted like rotten fish to me. They sell this for $9.95 for 3 ounces. I ended up giving some to my cats, who seemed to love it. So this jerky will be used as expensive cat treats.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Mingua Brothers changes shipping costs - Now offers free shipping!!



A while back I ranted against Mingua Brothers Beef Jerky about charging so much for shipping, but today I stopped by their website, www.minguabeefjerky.com, and put a bag of jerky in my shopping cart and then saw that they now ship via FedEx for free! What a difference! A few months ago they were charging $9 to ship a bag of jerky and now it's free. A 4oz bag of their jerky (I highly recommend the original) will now only run you $6.99 with free shipping, or throw in an extra $5 and get 8oz. I bought a couple of bags and even bought a bag of their dog treats for my dog. I, for one, am glad to see that Mingua has now changed their shipping policy. So show them your gratitude and order a bag or two.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Ed's Roadhouse Jerky - Sweet & Spicy "Apple"

Ed's Roadhouse Jerky - Sweet & Spicy "Apple"

GRADE: A


If you read this blog on a regular basis then you know that I'm a huge fan of Ed's Roadhouse Jerky. I said it before and I'll say it again, Ed makes some of the best, most unique jerky out there. Go to his website and you'll see jerky flavors like, Sweet & Spicy Orange, Hawaiian Pineapple Ginger, BBQ Chipotle jerky just to name a few. No other companies that I know of have combinations like that. And now Ed comes out with Sweet & Spicy Apple! When I first heard about this flavor from Ed's, I thought for sure it would have a spicy apple cider flavor, but I was wrong. The flavor is not unlike Ed's Sweet & Spicy Orange flavor, but instead of the orange flavor, it has a nice hint of apple. And like the Sweet & Spicy Orange, the apple flavor doesn't overpower the nice sweet & spiciness of the jerky. Again, like all of Ed's jerky it's a very unique flavor that must be tried to appreciate. The jerky itself is of the high quality that Ed's jerky always is. In case you've never tried Ed's jerky before, his jerky literally melts in your mouth. The meat used is very high quality and the jerky is always fresh. Ed's Roadhouse has done it again and has come up with a real winner here. Ed's jerky can be bought online at his site, www.edsroadhousejerky.com. His prices are unbelievable for the high quality of jerky you are getting, and the shipping is very reasonable! Ed recently stated that he's working on a new flavor that will take beef jerky to a whole new level and after seeing the jerky he has put out already, I believe him!

Buffalo Bills Country Cut - Teriyaki


Buffalo Bills Country Cut - Teriyaki

Grade: B-


Buffalo Bills brand beef jerky has always been hit or miss with me. I loved their Premium Spicy jerky, but found their Western Cut Original just average. This jerky is good but not as good as their Premium Spicy jerky. The texture of the jerky is on the moist and tender side just like it states on the package. Your fingers will be wet when you eat this jerky. If you read other reviews of mine, you know I prefer my jerky on the "dryer" side, but the moist and tender texture makes this a good chew. The jerky has a nice "meaty" flavor, with a bit of sweetness (the ingredients state, "maple flavor" and that is probably what is giving it the sweetness flavor). You can also taste the onion and garlic powder slightly. The soy sauce also has a presence in the taste. If I were eating this in a blind taste test, I would never guess it was Teriyaki flavor jerky. So if you're looking for a strong Teriyaki flavor jerky then this may not be the jerky for you, to me it has more of a roast flavor instead of a Teriyaki flavor. Still, I ate the whole bag and would not turn it away if it was offered again. You can find the jerky on their site, www.choochoorsnacks.com.


Thursday, November 05, 2009

Incredible Jerky - Hot Jamaican Flavor


Incredible Jerky - Hot Jamaican Flavor

Grade: B

I recently got 4 different jerkys to try from Incredible Jerky. Looking at the packaging, you can tell this is not your normal jerky company. The packaging is the jerky in a "foodsaver" vacuum bag. But you know what, who cares about packaging, I kind of like it, it shows that this stuff is not overly processed like a lot of mainstream jerky out there. I know what you're saying, enough about the packaging, what about the jerky! Let's start with the texture, the jerky is definitely not a dry variety, but very moist. It's a little moister than I like my jerky, but I can live with that, the chew was very good, and you can tell it's a high quality product. The taste "tastes" just like the name states. It has a Jamaican jerky flavor and is quite hot. It was a little too hot for my taste buds, but I definitely finished it all with no problem. The flavor is very unique. I found the jerky had a good taste and a nice texture, but it wasn't enough to push it to an A for me. You could do worse out there as this jerky is not as dull as some mainstream brands. The jerky can be bought on Incredible Jerky's website, http://www.incrediblejerky.com/ . On the site they have some very interesting varieties of beef jerky that they make, they also make chicken jerky (which I will review in the future). There is a price list on the site and since their Paypal system is not in place you will need to contact them to get shipping and payment information. In summary, this flavor of Incredible Jerky, was a little too spicy for my tastes, but if you're looking for a unique tasting jerky you should enjoy this one.



Smoky Mountain Beef Jerky - Roasted Garlic


Smoky Mountain Beef Jerky - Roasted Garlic

Grade: A

I've really become a fan of the Smoky Mountain brand of jerky lately. I've had their Elk and Venison jerky but this is the first time I review their beef jerky. I wanted to try out the Roasted Garlic flavor first since it sounded like an interesting jerky to try from them, and this one does not disappoint at all. Smoky Mountain jerky's texture is how I like my jerky, thin and dry that moistens up when you start chewing. The first jerky I ever ate, when I was a kid, had the same texture, and so I'm very partial to that type of jerky. This jerky also packs a nice flavor, Smoky Mountain must marinate their beef well, because this jerky has all kind of flavors coming from it, the main one being garlic of course. The garlic doesn't overpower the other flavors and is kind of subtle but it's definitely in there. I can taste Worcestershire, a very small hint of sweetness, garlic, a little soy sauce and a combination of spices that are out of this world. Good quality jerky with great flavors make this jerky an A on my scale. Yes, the sodium is kind of on the high side, but who cares about that when you are eating jerky. You can order this jerky and all of Smoky Mountain's jerky on their website, http://jaysjerky.com/ . The price for 4oz was only $5.75 and to ship 4 bags of jerky the shipping was $8.99, they used FedEx and I got the jerky in 2 days (wow!). Again, a high quality jerky that really packs a nice flavor punch.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Joe's Beef Jerky - Regular


Joe's Beef Jerky - Regular

Grade: C

Bland, that the word to describe Joe's jerky. It's not bad, but it's not great, it's stuck in the middle. I like the texture and the cuts of meat that Joe uses for his jerky, nice slabs of meat, nice dryness that moistens up when you chew it. I have no problem with the jerky's texture at all, the problem I do have with it is that it's just too bland. When you chew this jerky you get the meat flavor but hardly anything else. There's barely any seasoning taste at all. I don't need my jerky to be overseasoned, but this jerky tastes like they forgot to marinate it or add seasoning to it. It's a good try and maybe Joe's other flavors will be better than this one, but for me this is just average jerky with hardly any taste. Joe's jerky can be ordered on his website, www.joesbeefjerky.com, the prices are $13.00 for a half pound of jerky, and the shipping rates are very reasonable. Again, not a bad jerky just a jerky on the bland side.



A Couple O' Jerks - Original Recipe Beef Jerky


A Couple O' Jerks Original Recipe Beef Jerky

Grade: B-

A Couple O' Jerks jerky comes with a warning on their bag, it states, "We believe that when you take a bite of jerky, it should bite back!". And this jerky does have a "bite". It's a heat that doesn't hit you until you have the jerky in your mouth for a little while, but when it hits, it hits. When you first taste the jerky you get a nice mix of flavors along with the beef taste, it's very good, you can definitely taste worcestershire and onion flavors along with others, but then the heat kicks in and overpowers the taste completely. So really you are getting two flavors, the original flavor of the worcestshire and other spices and then you get the heat flavor. It's actually a pretty good mix. And the heat stays with you a long time after you eat the jerky. The problem I have with the jerky that drops it to a B- is that the jerky is too dry! I like my jerky on the dry side, but this jerky is just too dry. Because of the dryness it makes the jerky kind of hard to eat and chew. I've had people comment to me that some jerky is hard to eat and I never understood that, but after eating A Couple O' Jerks jerky I can see where they are coming from. While you're chewing this jerky it all breaks up in your mouth and is very dry and brittle. So flavor wise this is a hit if you like a spicy jerky with a "bite", but texture wise it really disappointed me because of the dryness of the jerky. You can order the jerky on their website, www.acoupleojerks.com. The price is very good, I paid $7.80 for a 4 ounce bag, and the shipping was reasonable.


Friday, October 09, 2009

Sograte Beef Jerky - Texas Heat flavor




Sograte Beef Jerky - Texas Heat

Grade: A


The Texas Heat flavor of Sograte's beef jerky, like their original flavor, is one fantastic jerky. Like their original flavor, it is somewhat thick but not too thick. I prefer my jerky on the thinner side but the thickness and dryness of this jerky makes a great chew. Someone commented on my other Sograte jerky review and said that this jerky was difficult to eat. I do not find that to be the case at all, when you start chewing on the jerky it makes a great chew that starts out dry but is very moist when you start chewing on it. I find this Texas Heat flavor better than their original flavor. I was worried that it would be too hot, but that was not the case at all. It has some spice and there is some heat, but it's not an overpowering heat. When you start chewing the jerky you can taste the red pepper sauce that is listed in the ingredients and it makes for a great taste. The flavor of the pepper sauce mixed with the natural hickory smoke flavor of the jerky makes it a great tasting jerky. Combine that great taste with the great texture of the meat and this makes for one outstanding jerky. This jerky is highly recommended, and if you don't mind a "thicker" style of dry jerky then you will not be disappointed. Like their original flavor, this variety along with others can be found on Sograte's website, www.sograte.com. It sells for $5.00 for 3 ounces of jerky, and they offer very reasonable shipping rates. Another good job Sograte!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Sograte Original Flavor Beef Jerky


Sograte Original Flavor Beef Jerky

Grade
: A


When I first got this in and looked at the jerky in the package, I knew that I knew I was about to have some great jerky, and I wasn't wrong. While I prefer a slight thinner jerky, this jerky wasn't overly thick, but a little on the "thicker" side, but not over board thick. It's texture is the way I like my jerky, kind of on the dry side when you first bite into it but it becomes a nice moist chew when you start munching on it. The flavor is unbelievable. A nice smoky flavor, but unlike a lot of jerky that uses liquid smoke, this has a natural hickory smoke flavor that's not overpowering which allows the other spices shine while eating it. There is a touch of sweetness and a little spiciness but again, both don't overpower and it makes for a good tasty chew. I also like the use of paprika sprinkled on the jerky, it makes the jerky look really stand out visually. You really won't go wrong if you buy this jerky. The jerky can be bought on their website http://www.sograte.com, and for $5.00 for 3oz of high quality jerky, you can't go wrong. They also offer very reasonable USPS shipping (for my 3 bags, it was only $4.95 to ship), which more companies should look into. After trying the original, I'm really looking forward to trying their other flavors!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Buffalo Bills Western Cut Original Jerky


Buffalo Bills Western Cut Original Jerky

Grade: C


A while back I reviewed Buffalo Bill's Sweet & Spicy Beef Jerky and for some reason this jerky tastes just like their Sweet & Spicy variety! The jerky has a great texture and makes for a good chew, but every once in a while you run into a tough piece of jerky. The jerky has a "greasy" feel to it and you'll definitely be washing your hands after eating a bag of this jerky. The problem I have with the jerky is that when a jerky has a variety called "original", I think of a taste of meat with some spices and less of an overpowering sweetness. This stuff is very sweet and could use a little more spiciness to offset the sweetness. They probably marinate the meat in Teriyaki Sauce which makes the jerky feel kind of greasy. I'm starting to think that maybe all Buffalo Bill's jerky tastes the same. The ingredients says it contains black pepper, but I did not see or taste any pepper at all. Again, not a bad jerky, but a very disappointing one that tastes just like their "Sweet & Spicy" variety. If I try another variety of Buffalo Bill's that has the same taste as this one and their Sweet & Spicy flavors then I'm going to be rethinking my ratings for the entire Buffalo Bills brand, you cannot serve the same jerky over and over with the only difference being the name on the bag!

Monday, September 14, 2009

My rant against Mingua Beef Jerky new shipping policy


Mingua Brothers makes one of my favorite jerkys out there, but unfortunately it looks like I won't be eating their jerky again. I was recently making an order from them and when I came to check out I noticed that they now only offer one shipping option, FedEx, and because of the change of the shipping method, they now have to charge over $9 to ship one bag of jerky. $9 for one 8oz bag!!! So many companies like Ed's Roadhouse, Holston Mountain, Fesperman's, etc. offer to ship their jerky via USPS and it cuts down the price of shipping cost big time. I emailed Mingua and voiced my complaint and asked why they now only offer FedEx shipping and no other methods, but got no response. I guess Mingua is making so much money now that they don't care about their customers, but to me this is bad business and they just lost a customer with me until they rethink this new shipping policy.

Holston Mountain Beef Jerky - BBQ Flavor


Holston Mountain Beef Jerky - BBQ Flavor

Grade: A


Earlier this summer I reviewed Holston Mountain's Hawaiian flavor jerky and gave it a C because the flavor just wasn't there. Well, I'm happy to say that this BBQ flavor has the flavor punch that I wish the Hawaiian variety had. Like the Hawaiian jerky this jerky has an awesome texture, a bit of a dry jerky that makes for a great chew, which is the style of jerky that I love. But unlike the bland flavoring of the Hawaiian variety, this jerky is loaded with flavor! Don't let the "BBQ" flavor throw you, I was thinking that it would have a BBQ sauce flavor, but that's not the case. It's more of a dry rub mix flavor that is outstanding. The jerky has a nice sweetness mixed with a nice little garlic and onion flavor. Overall, this jerky has a great texture with a great flavor combination that makes this jerky outstanding. You can order this jerky on their website, http://www.holstonmountainbeefjerky.com, they have reasonable shipping and their prices are very fair.


Friday, September 11, 2009

Damn Good Beef Jerky - Hickory

Damn Good Beef Jerky - Hickory

Grade: C-


When someone is bold enough to name their jerky Damn Good, then they better make sure that the jerky lives up to it's name. Well, I'm sad to say that this jerky does not live up to it's name, it should have been called Damn Mediocre. The jerky is of the thick and chewy variety that is found a lot these days. The taste has a somewhat weird taste that is not that great, it's edible and okay but nothing that special. Everytime I ate some of this jerky, I just found the taste kind of offensive. It's hard to describe but it tastes like they mixed so many different flavors together that it all overrides each other and makes the jerky have a weird flavor. Just read the ingredients used in this jerky and you can see that they probably threw everything they found in their kitchen into their jerky seasoning. There's ketchup, tomato paste, corn syrup, vinegar, shallots, and anchovies(!!) among the ingredients. Maybe it's the anchovies that give it the nasty taste. Either way, this is not a jerky I'll be buying again when there's so much great jerky out there to eat.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Ed Roadhouse Jerky - Sweet & Spicy "Orange Beef"

Ed's Roadhouse Jerky - Sweet & Spicy "Orange Beef"

Grade A+

In case you haven't figured it out yet, I'm a huge Ed's Roadhouse Jerky fan! I find that he has some of the best and unique tasting jerkies you can buy today. When I first heard about this new flavor, I knew that it would be good, but I had no idea that it would be this good! This flavor has overtaken Ed's Sweet Black Pepper flavor and has become my favorite jerky. Let's start off with the quality of this jerky, Ed's jerky is nice and thin just like I like my jerky. The freshness and quality of the meat he uses surpasses any jerky on the market today. When you eat the jerky it literally melts in your mouth, there's no other way to describe it. Not only do these qualities apply to this jerky, it applies to every flavor he sells. Now, on to the flavor of this jerky... just like the name says, sweetness with a little spiciness (not overpowering) and then BAM, the orange flavor hits your taste buds and it's a combination that will knock you off your seat and before you know it the entire bag is gone. Three other people tried this jerky and couldn't believe how good it was (and one of the people don't even like jerky!). I could go on and on about how great this jerky is, but you need to try it yourself. You can order it from Ed's website, www.edsroadhousejerky.com. It's very reasonably priced $3.75 for 2oz. I've been eating a lot of mediocre jerky over the last month that wasn't even worth writing about, but this stuff gets me excited for jerky again!! Good job Ed!!

Beef Biltong - Regular


Beef Biltong - Regular

Grade: D

I got this bag of jerky at the Beef Jerky Outlet in Denham Springs a while back and finally came up with the desire to review it. The owner of the store explained that Biltong jerky is based in South Africa and they use vinegar to cure their meat. I thought that the jerky might be unique and have a nice vinegar taste to it, but I was wrong. This stuff is very bland. The consistency is thin, but kind of powdery and not too good. For some reason the flavor kind of reminded me of bologna. You would think that with a vinegar base that it would have a tangy kind of flavor, but no, it was very bland, pretty awful tasting stuff. I passed it around to friends and they all had the same opinion. I threw out most of the jerky and didn't finish it all, save your money, don't fall for the "hype" like I did.




Thursday, July 09, 2009

Holston Mountain Beef Jerky - Hawaiian Flavor


Holston Mountain Beef Jerky - Hawaiian Flavor

Grade: C

Video review can be found at: www.abitamanreviews.com

The thought of a Hawaiian flavored beef jerky really peaked my interest when I first saw this jerky on Holston Mountain's website. When I think of a Hawaiian flavor I think of a pineapple flavor, and sure enough, one of this jerky's ingredients is pineapple juice. What I expected the jerky to taste like would be a nice sweet pineapple flavor, maybe a bit of spice. What I got was a very bland tasting jerky. The texture is awesome, kind of a dry jerky that makes for a good chew. But I was very disappointed with the bland flavor. If you would have given me this jerky in a blind taste test, I would have guessed it was a garlic flavor jerky, because I taste that more than a sweetness taste. There is a slight taste of pineapple, but not much. This jerky would be so much better with stronger flavorings. The price is very reasonable, $3 for a 2 oz bag, and reasonable shipping cost. It's not a bad jerky, just an average jerky. Nothing too special, there are better jerkys out there to spend your money on. Hopefully, the other Holston flavors I ordered are better. You can get the jerky at the Holston website... www.holstonmountainbeefjerky.com .

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Buffalo Bill's Sweet N' Spicy

Buffalo Bill's Sweet N' Spicy Beef Jerky

Grade: B

This jerky was included in my father's day basket of jerky given to me by my daughters. First thing, I like the consistency of this jerky. Thin sliced, kind of dry to start off with but nice and moist when you start to chew it. Very good texture. The taste is unique, very sweet and I taste a bit of a nutty taste to it for some reason. You can definitely tell that they use Teriyaki Sauce in this stuff and brown sugar. The thing that keeps me from giving this jerky an A is because the name of the jerky is called Sweet N' Spicy and is not spicy at all. They should have just named the jerky "Sweet Jerky" instead, because I'm getting no heat from this at all. Overall a good and unique jerky that I'd definitely order again but I just wish there was a bit of "spicy" element to it to push it over the edge.

Ed's Roadhouse Jerky - Sweet & Spicy Flavor


Ed's Roadhouse Jerky - Sweet & Spicy Flavor

Grade: A

In case you haven't figured it out by now, I'm a big fan of Ed's Roadhouse jerky. His Sweet Pepper flavor is my favorite jerky out right now. This Sweet & Spicy flavor doesn't disappoint at all. Although I still like his Sweet Pepper flavor better, the Sweet & Spicy flavor is one unique and tasty jerky. Like his Devil's Tongue and Habanero flavors, this one has a slight BBQ flavor, again, it's not an overpowering flavor but it's there. This one is way milder than his Devil's Tongue and Habanero flavors which suits someone like me perfectly. The taste is hard to explain, again a slight BBQ saucy flavor, I can definitely pick out a garlic flavor also. Very good stuff, and the consistency is great. Like the Sweet Pepper flavor this stuff melts in your mouth. Overall, this jerky packs some heat but not too much, and the sweetness just meshes with the spicyness perfectly. Ed's Roadhouse is probably making some of the most unique and best jerky out there right now. Their prices are very reasonable ($3.75 for 2oz, he's almost giving it away). If you're a jerky fan, you've got to try out Ed's stuff, you won't be sorry... edsroadhousejerky.com

Saturday, June 20, 2009

My Father's Day basket




A Basket full of Beef Jerky and Abita beer for Father's Day! Do my daughters know what I like or what?

Friday, June 19, 2009

My ratings explained

I've been reviewing jerky on this site now for a while now and really have never explained my rating system, so here it is:

A - Definitely would buy again, unique flavors and/or texture. Really stands out from other jerkys.

B- Would buy again, above average. Good flavors and/or texture.

C- Might or might not buy again. Average, nothing outstanding about the jerky, middle of the road.

D- Definitely will not buy again. Poor flavor and/or texture. Finished all the jerky but reluctantly.

F- Definitely will not buy again. Terrible flavor and/or texture. Could not finish all the jerky.

Buffalo Bill's Premium Spicy Beef Jerky


Buffalo Bill's Premium Spicy Beef Jerky

Grade: A

I recently purchased this little bag of jerky at the Beef Jerky Outlet, it was just sitting by itself looking lonely, it was the only package of Buffalo Bill's in a store full of jerky, so I picked it up thinking that it would be nothing special. In fact, the owner of the store told me that he really didn't care for the jerky. So I was not expecting much when I opened the bag. But after eating the entire bag in one sitting, I've got to say... this jerky is very good and surprised me. It's called Premium Spicy but it's really not spicy at all. The flavor is very unique and has a distinct sweetness to it that is very good. The uniqueness of the flavor really stands out and that's why I give it an A. I like a jerky to be unique and different, and this one really is. The texture is awesome too, kind of thick, but it's dried perfectly and when you start to chew the jerky it has the perfect consistency that I like. Nice to chew and and very moist in your mouth. Good stuff. The only thing is that I checked their website bbjerky.com and the only way to order this jerky is 12 - 1oz packages. They have other varieties sold in other sizes (that's what I just ordered), but I wish that this would be available in individual orders instead of having to order 12 at a time. If I see this on a shelf somewhere again I will definitely be picking it up.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Big Mamou Cajun Beef Jerky - Garlic Flavor

Big Mamou Cajun Beef Jerky - Garlic Flavor

Grade: D


Big Mamou, I give up on you. After that hideous Boiled Crawfish jerky, I gave you a second chance and gave your garlic flavor a shot. You people living in other places besides Louisiana are lucky that Big Mamou can only sell their products in Louisiana because believe me when I say, you don't want to have anything to do with this stuff. First off, I don't know why they call this garlic flavor, there is no garlic flavor at all. When I think of garlic flavor jerky I'd expect it to have some garlic flavor, but no, none at all. In fact, the flavor isn't that great at all. And this stuff is too thick. A pet peeve of mine is thick jerky. Jerky should be thin and tasty, not thick, greasy, powdery, and have no flavor. Jerky this thick should be called a beef steak snack, not jerky. No wonder this stuff sits on the local supermarket shelf and no one buys it, this is terrible. Sorry Mamou, two strikes and you're out in my book, now I got to find some poor sucker to give the rest of this jerky to because I'm not eating another piece, there's too much good jerky to eat than this.


Big Mamou Cajun Beef Jerky - Boiled Crawfish Flavor

Big Mamou Cajun Beef Jerky - Boiled Crawfish Flavor

Grade: D


Readers of beefjerkyland, I have to tell you right off the bat... I love boiled crawfish!! Living in Southern Louisiana I was brought up on boiled crawfish, if you want to know how much I love crawfish then read my post on my other website, runningwithabita.com, if you want a direct like to the article then click here. So now that you know that I love boiled crawfish then just think how excited I was when I saw this new jerky at my local supermarket! The price was kind of high, but I bought it anyway thinking about how novel of an idea it is to make a boiled crawfish flavored beef jerky. I got home and tore the bag open and tried a piece, it did kind of taste like crawfish boil (if you don't know what crawfish boil is here goes.... crawfish boil is a liquid that we use to boil our crawfish, it's flavor is distinct and makes our crawfish all so good, it's flavor is strong). So again, I tried the first piece and I thought it did taste like crawfish boil, so I kind of enjoyed it. Then I tried more and more and the more I tried the more I realized that crawfish boil is good to flavor crawfish, it's not good to flavor beef jerky. After a while the crawfish boil flavor overpowered everything else and all I could taste was the crawfish boil. Then I realized something, this didn't really have a crawfish boil taste it tasted more like Red Hot candys and it was destroying my tongue. I tried a few more pieces over the next few days and found that the flavor was just too strong of a Red Hot candy flavor and couldn't handle it no more. I threw the rest out after a while. The jerky was kind of greasy, but had a good texture, but the taste overpowers you and really makes for a bad experience. I'll stick with my boiled crawfish and let stronger taste buds than mine have this jerky.

*One note: My buddy at Beef Jerky Outley in Denham Springs, Louisiana told me recently that Big Mamou can only sell their jerky in Louisiana, if you're still interested in trying it even after reading the review drop me an email and I'll see if I can get some to you.

Smoky Mountain Venison Jerky


Smoky Mountain Venison Jerky

Grade: B


This is the second bag of Smoky Mountain jerky that I review. The first one was the Elk jerky and now I get to try the Venison jerky. The flavor is about the same as the Elk jerky, but I get a hint more flavor of a garlic flavor. It's not overpowering but I can definitely tell it's there. The flavors seem to come out more than in the Elk jerky, but basically they are the same. A touch of sweetness, not spicy or peppery just a good combination of flavors, definitely some worcestershire sauce in there. The texture is like the Elk, dry but not overly dried just like I like my jerky. I love Venison but could not tell the difference between this jerky and beef jerky. Like the Elk, I wouldn't pay extra just for the Venison because it tastes like beef to me. Overall a good jerky with good flavor but nothing special that I would pay extra for.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Ed's Roadhouse Jerky - Sweet Black Pepper


Ed's Roadhouse Jerky - Sweet Black Pepper

Grade: A+

Readers of beefjerkyland, I think I may have found my new favorite jerky! This stuff is incredible. If you read my last couple of reviews about Ed's Roadhouse Jerky- I found that two flavors I reviewed were good but a bit too hot. Well, I ordered some different flavors from Ed and this is the first one I tried from that order. People, this stuff is awesome. With most black pepper flavor jerky, the black pepper overwhelms the jerky and all you end up doing is tasting only the pepper. Not with Ed's. You get a slight pepper taste along with the great taste of the seasonings he uses on his jerky. You still feel a little heat after eating the jerky but it's the perfect amount of heat. As for as the flavor, this jerky has the best flavor I think I ever had in a jerky. A touch of sweetness with a burst of unique flavors that I can't really describe. The ingredients read like your normal beef jerky ingredients, but Ed most have a few secrets in there because I never had a jerky so tasty. And as for the texture, this jerky literally melts in your mouth! On the bag it says it's made to order to maintain the freshness and premium quality, and after eating the jerky I tend to believe him. You can order Ed's jerky at edsroadhousejerky.com, it's very reasonably priced and easy to order from them. On Ed's site he takes pride in saying that his jerky is not pressed, chopped, processed, or formed like a lot of other store bought jerky and is not loaded with preservatives or additives, this must make a huge difference in the product, beause this stuff is top notch. Ed, my hat off to you, whoever you are... You have just made this beef jerky fan a lot happier!

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Smoky Mountain Elk Jerky


Smoky Mountain Elk Jerky

Grade: B-

I've never had Elk jerky before so my hopes were high on this jerky. I bought it from the Beef Jerky Outlet in Denham Springs on my outing over there. The flavor is very good, kind of a hint of sweetness. The texture is how I like my jerky, kind of dry but not too dry. The only problem is that it tastes like beef to me. Maybe my taste buds aren't good enough to tell the difference between Elk jerky and Beef jerky, but I bet no one could tell the difference. I wouldn't pay extra for this just because it's Elk because I can't tell the difference, but it's a good jerky with a very good taste. I just wish it would have had a more distinctive flavor. If someone serves me deer, I can tell the difference between it and beef, but maybe all jerky tastes like beef, because this one definitely does. Good job on the jerky, just had high hopes for something unusual.



Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Fesperman's Beef Jerky - Garlic Flavor


Fesperman's Beef Jerky - Garlic Flavored

Grade: A


I was recently asked what my favorite jerky is right now, and after thinking about it for a bit, I came up with the answer... Fesperman's. I always like variety and to try out different types of jerkies, but everytime I order some Fesperman's jerky I seem to enjoy it more than others. This is the first time I ordered a different Fesperman's flavor other than original and I was not disappointed at all. It has the same great consistency (not too dry) and taste (sweet and smoky with a touch of molasses) of the original flavor, but throw in a touch of garlic taste and you've got a winner here. The garlic flavor is not overpowering at all, but you can definitely tell the garlic flavor is there. If you're not a fan of garlic then you might want to stick with Fesperman's original flavor but I find that the garlic flavor makes the jerky more unique and is a nice change. The packaging is the same as the original flavor with a sticker that says Garlic on it. I'm a big fan of Fesperman's and is a product that I always find myself going back to time and time again. Good job Fesperman's! Next time I'll try your peppered flavor.



Sunday, May 31, 2009

Beef Jerky Outlet - Denham Springs, Louisiana


Beef Jerky Outlet
240 Range 12 Blvd. Suite 107
Denham Springs, La
www.dojerky.com

Grade: A+


A co-worker of mine told me about this place a few weeks ago, and am I glad he did! Beef Jerky Outlet is located next door to the Bass Pro Shop in Denham Springs, Louisiana which is next door to Baton Rouge. I have never been to a beef jerky store before and I finally got to make the trip to it this past weekend. The place, to put it bluntly, is a heaven for all beef jerky lovers out there. When you first walk in, manager Ty Smith makes sure to greet every customer and explains how the place works. You can sample almost all of the jerky he has in bulk and sells a lot of the jerky by the pound or in pre packaged packages.


Barrels and barrels of jerky - free samples galore!

There were many brands of jerky that I had not heard of before and some that I did. For all you Pappy Kershenstein jerky fans who always email me asking where to buy the stuff, well they have tons of it here! I went through barrel after barrel trying out everything. They also carry exotic jerky like Kangaroo (which I got), Alligator, Elk, etc. They also carry a nice selection of hot sauces and salsas. This place has something for everyone.

Come on - have a sample! Over here they encourage you to try it before buying.


The manager, Ty, and I had a very good chat about everything jerky. He said that the store opened right after Thanksgiving in 2008. He recommended some stuff and I talked to him about jerky that I liked, Ty is really passionate about his jerky and wants to get more jerky that you can't find anywhere else. I think this store will just get better and better as time goes by. If this store were closer to me I'd probably be here at least once a week if not more. It's a friendly, fun atmosphere. You can even sample one of the hottest hot sauces in the world (after signing a waiver first of course!). I really hope that the location next to the Bass Pro Shop will keep this store busy and open for a long long time!

More jerky to sample and buy



So, if you're any type of fan of beef jerky (and why wouldn't you be?) you've got to make a trip to this store. I got all kind of jerky when I went and will be reviewing them all soon. I also will be back in the Baton Rouge area in a couple of weeks for a meeting and will be making a stop back to this store and when I do, I'll try to bring Ty a few samples of some jerky that I like so that he could start carrying in his store. The Beef Jerky outlet also has a store in North Carolina and does mail order at their website... dojerky.com. Again, if you're in the Baton Rouge or New Orleans area (it's worth the trip) then I highly reccommend you visit this store, and tell them that you read about them on beefjerkyland.


Goodies I picked up at The Beef Jerky Outlet! Can't wait to try them all!





Ed's Roadhouse Jerky



Ed's Roadhouse Jerky - Devil's Tongue

Grade: B





Ed's Roadhouse Jerky - Lil Sweet Jalapeno Habanero

Grade: B


I was going to review these two Ed's Roadhouse Jerky flavors separately, but because they basically taste the same, I just will review them together. I received 2 -4 oz. bags as samples from Ed's Roadhouse Jerky company. On the bag it says that nobody beats his meat, and both flavors are very good. Both jerkies are moist, and they have a great texture, they have a slight BBQ? like flavor, it's not a strong overpowering BBQ flavor, but I can definitely taste a slight BBQ flavor, everyone who I got to try the jerky said the same thing. I can say that I have never had a jerky with the same flavor and is quit unique and good. The only negative I have is that the two samples were too hot for me. The label on the Devil's Tongue package said it wasn't for wimps and I guess I am a wimp because it was too hot for my tongue. But I'm definitly gonna finish both bags because the taste is unique and awesome. I really couldn't tell the difference between both jerkies in flavor. Maybe one was hotter than the other, but they both burned the same to me. I would have definitely given the jerky an A, if not for the heat. The jerky can be ordered, at Ed's website... www.edsroadhousejerky.com. I am ordering other flavors as soon as I finish this post, because the price is very reseaonable. I will be ordering Sweet Black Pepper flavor, Sweet and Spicy flavor, and Teriyaki Ginger flavor and post for a review for all of them in the future. Oh yea, make sure to refrigerate after opening because this jerky contains no preservates! Good job Ed!!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Bourgeois Beef Jerky


Bourgeois Cajun Beef Jerky

Grade: F

There's a little meat market about 45 minutes north of my small town of Cut Off, it's located in the city of Thibodaux and is called Bourgeois' Meat Market. It's here that they make this "jerky" (if you would call it that). I wouldn't have reviewed this jerky because it's such a local product, but lately I've been seeing them putting the jerky in bags and distributing it to other places. I've seen it in Baton Rouge and New Orleans recently. I first bought this stuff when they only sold it in their market, they used to sell it by the pound and wrap it in white meat paper. It was terrible then and is still terrible now. Some people I talk to swear this is the best "jerky" ever, I don't know what's wrong with these people. Here's the reasons why I hate this stuff:

1- It's really not jerky, it more like a thick cut of meat like a beef slab or something.

2- It's too greasy, if you eat this be prepared to have greasy fingers for hours. Even the bag I have is greasy on the outside.

3- It taste nothing but smoke flavor. I don't mind smoke flavoring, but this stuff overwhelms you.

4. It just tastes outright nasty.

The only reason I have the bag that I reviewed is because a client gave me it as a "gift". I wish he would have given me the 6 or 7 bucks instead of this stuff. If you see this stuff in your local store do yourself a favor and stay away.

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