I've come to the conclusion that Ed from Ed's Roadhouse Jerky is on a personal mission to make every flavor of jerky that one can possibly think of. Just go to his website and look at the flavors available! Flavors like Hawaiian Pineapple Ginger, Sweet Red Pepper, Inferno Ghost Pepper, Spicy Sweet Apple and Spicy Fajita are just a few of the flavors out of about 17 or more flavors he has for sale at his site. Now I normally wouldn't be impressed by the amount of flavors a company has if the jerky is horrible, but as you know (if you've been reading this blog at all), Ed in my book makes some of the best jerky you can buy, thus making the awesome flavor combinations even better!
Ed's newest jerky available is called - Sweet 'N Spicy - Lil Smokey and it describes the jerky perfectly. When you first start on the jerky the natural meat flavor is very noticeable, then the different combination of seasonings hit you, then the sweet smoky taste comes out, then it all ends with a nice heat punch, that isn't mouth burning hot, but leaves a nice hotness in your mouth after chewing the jerky. It's an awesome jerky eating experience. The sweetness is not overly sweet, but probably gets it's sweetness from the "Sweet Apple Smoke" that is included in the ingredients, Molasses is also listed in the ingredients that probably gives it another burst of sweetness. A lot of jerkys that are called Sweet & Spicy usually are either way too sweet and not spicy enough, or way too spicy and not sweet enough, it's a combination that companies seem to have a hard time with, not with this jerky it's a great even mixture of sweet and spicy. The smokiness and heat of the jerky is perfect. As someone who doesn't like their jerky overly hot, this Sweet N Spicy flavor fits the heat quota perfectly. I gave some of this jerky to a coworker and I asked them what they thought and he said it perfectly, "As you chew the jerky you get different flavors the longer you chew it".
The texture is the same as all of Ed's great jerky. Like I stated in previous reviews, Ed's jerky simply melts in your mouth and is so fresh tasting that you would swear he made it an hour ago. The ingredients say "Angus Beef" and it's an awesome cut of meat.
Ed's jerky can be ordered online at his website, www.edsroadhousejerky. He sells the jerky in various size packages, anywhere from 2 oz packages all the way to 5 pound packages. I've always found Ed's prices reasonable and what I like about ordering from him is that if you're short on cash or want to try a different flavor from him then you can order the small 2 oz bags. In conclusion, Ed has another winning flavor on his hands with this Sweet 'N "Spicy" - Lil Smokey jerky. Oh yea, be on the lookout for something different from Ed's in the near future!!