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.




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