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.


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