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.


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