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!


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