Texas Gourmet, based out of Arlington, Texas, makes a small assortment of beef jerky and beef sticks with a focus on ol’ fashioned quality and tasty goodness. We sampled a few of their meats at the show and knew right away there was a review to be done. So, does this jerky deliver a tasty Texan treat? Let’s see what you get with this one:
Taste (A-): This is a tasty, tasty sausage that starts with a smoky and salty flavor with a pepper kick and strong onion and garlic flavors. The smokey and savory are present in just the right balance and they blend exceptionally well. There’s a bit of a tang, probably from some citric acid, that opens it all up a bit and rounds out the flavor nicely. While the flavor is full and delicious it still manages not to be at all overbearing. This just tastes great.
Texture (A): Taking a bite of this sausage is such a treat. The casing is thin but substantial and the sausage filling is tightly packed. The meat itself is only slightly moist and, while still pliable, makes an enjoyably rigid and solid treat.
Smell (B+): You get a good whiff of hickory smoke, onion, and garlic from these beef sticks. It smells nice, mellow, and tasty. The aroma isn’t particularly pronounced but is definitely a good compliment to the taste of these sticks.
Appearance (A): What a great looking beef stick! These sausages have a deep red color with dark brown highlights and the thin mottled casing gives you a glimpse at the course-ground pepper mixed into the beef. All told they look quite delicious.
Consistency (A+): There is clearly huge emphasis on making these quality beef sticks. First, the flavor is dead-on consistent throughout the entire package. From the first bite to the last they taste fantastic. Similarly, the moisture of each stick is predictably great and the density of the sausage itself is reliably just-right. This is more than just a well-made food, it seems made with pride.
Overall Impression (A-): What a treat! These are great beef sticks and the folks at Texas Gourmet can rightfully be proud of the excellent treat they’ve made. They taste great and are a joy to eat. If you’re perusing the tables at a DFW-area gun show and spy the Texas Gourmet booth we encourage you to make a b-line for their delicious wares. Buy some. Eat it. Enjoy it!