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22Oct

Hello!

Today we’re tearing into of a bag of Golden Island All-Natural Kung Pao Beef Jerky procured at the local Costco.

Golden Island All-Natural Kung Pao Beef Jerky

Golden Island All-Natural Kung Pao Beef Jerky

Costco’s jerky selection is usually pretty limited, often only carrying one or two ‘interesting’ flavors at any given time.  Still, while the variety isn’t great the quality of the jerky they stock is usually pretty good.  If there’s any adventure to be had from Costco’s selection it is usually from Golden Island.  On a recent trek we picked up THREE previously unfamiliar Golden Island flavors and, given the “triple crown of HOT” description, this is clearly the one that had to be tried first.  So is this jerky a tasty treat?  Let’s see what you get with this one:
Taste (B+):  Hot is subjective, but this one will probably tick the box for most folks.  There’s a flavor race when you take your first bite with a rush of sweetness flanked on all sides but a tongue-flailing spicy kick.  The baseline taste seems more that of a traditional “Asian” flavoring through the pairing of a simple sugary soy sauce combination with some additional savory spices through in to great effect.  Riding atop that flavor is a double-punch of hotness.  They used chili sauce, chili powder, a bit of turmeric and some paprika to give this jerky a decided kick, and it does the job nicely.  It’s a really enjoyable burn.  Not overwhelming by any means, but definitely something that grabs your attention and lingers for a while on your palate.  Still, these two flavor profiles don’t really play together – the effect is like eating two different jerkys at the same time.  The complement each other well enough but they are persistently distinct from beginning to end.

Texture (A):  This jerky is tender and moist and tears easily.  While cut along the grain, the pieces’ have a slightly rough, almost ragged looking surface that feels a bit fluffy, for lack of a better word, as you take your bite.  It is, initially, a bit unfamiliar but the effect is a pleasant one and you quickly acclimate to it.  In practice it almost seems a clever way to up the surface area of the jerky so it can accommodate more flavor.

Smell (B+):  The first thing you smell is a sweet and soy scent that is really quite appetizing.  With a few more whiffs you start to make out a bit of the tang from the chili flakes / pepper / powder.  It’s a distinctly Asian-style scent that nicely foretells of the great flavor that follows.

Appearance (A):  The pieces are generally medium to largish in size, easily providing a few or more healthy bites each, and are a dark brown color with inviting red hues throughout.  It also sports a substantial coating of visible red pepper and other spicy bits, a warning sign of the heat it brings to your mouth.  All together it has a distinct appearance that is both attention-getting and appetizing.

Consistency (B+):  This jerky has been made with a clear attention to the execution of flavor.  Each bite, big or small, brings the same sweet and savory flavor with an escalating heat.  The moisture level, too, is consistent throughout, demonstrating great control in the jerky making process.  The one area where this jerky falls a bit short is in the meat itself.  While the meat definitely seems to be of good quality, there were too many pieces with inedible bits of gristle.  While it would generally not be that noteworthy to have one or two bites with these unappetizing inclusions in a bag of this size, there were numerous pieces compromised in this way.  Some of the gristle was small and easily discarded while other pieces were large and invasive enough to abandon the bite or the large piece altogether.  This is by no means enough of a distraction to dull the joy of this jerky but it does diminish its otherwise excellent execution.

Overall Impression (B+):  This is a great jerky!  It’s tasty, fun, and delivers a really compelling kick in the tongue with a spicy heat that’s full on flavor rather than gratuitous pain.  The Golden Island folks truly do make great jerky and their Kung Pao Beef Jerky is a great example of their skill.  If you enjoy sweet and savory heat then this jerky will likely find a happy place in your world.  Pick up a bag and give it a whirl, but don’t forget to keep that beverage handy.  Eat well!

22Nov

Howdy, y’all!

We’re tearing into a bag of Texas Best Smokehouse Venison Jerky picked up at their store in Italy, Texas.

Texas Best Venison Jerky

Texas Best Smokehouse Venison Jerky

Being a fan of Texas Best Smokehouse’s delicious meats, it was a no-brainer to swing by on a recent road trip to central Texas to stock up.  This particular bit of tastiness is one of many different meats available in their store.  Along side the bison, elk, and good ol’ beef, the venison was a particularly tempting option.  So, does the deer hold its own among the other available meats?  Here’s what you get with this one:

Taste (A-):  This meat starts out with a slight sweetness followed by a nice peppery tang.  The venison flavor is mild and savory and the garlic and other seasonings are perfectly balanced to enhance but not overwhelm it.  The pepper builds over time, bringing a bit of heat as you work through the bag, but never too much.  It’s a tremendously enjoyable flavor, with the sweet and savory in terrific harmony, and delicious through and through.

Texture (A):  The meat itself is quite dry.  While a little pliable, with only a bit of flexing and you’ll begin to tear off pieces.   Since it’s cut along the grain tearing the meat is easy, and while it starts off pretty dry it moistens up quickly in your mouth and delivers a really great chew.   The pieces are relatively thin, but still substantial, and you can feel the leanness of this meat it in every morsel.

Smell (A):  This jerky has a low-key scent, primarily that of the meat itself with a bit of support from the garlic and pepper.  The venison smells fantastic, too – solidly meaty – with the seasonings just teasing your nose a bit around the edges.  It sets you up nicely for that first bite, foretelling the taste to come.

Appearance (A):  With natural cut pieces, mostly in substantially sized strips, this jerky looks very appetizing.  It has an almost dull sheen, with spots of shininess here and there, and a dark brown color with red highlights peeking through the depths along the with-the-grain cuts.  This is a fine-looking jerky.

Consistency (B+):  This is an expert-made jerky by people who clearly love what they do.  The pieces, while natural cut, were uniformly thick.  The meat was consistently dry and slightly pliable through and through, too.  In only one way, this particular bag was a touch less consistent than we’ve seen from other Texas Best Smokehouse wares – the flavor.  While every piece was delicious, some of the pieces seems to lack some of the sweetness of the rest.  It didn’t seem to be the normal variation of the meat itself but rather a subtle difference in the intensity of the flavorings.  To be clear, it was ALL really, really good, and didn’t detract from the enjoyment of the meat at all, but the difference was a noticeable one none the less.  Even with that, the Texas Best Smokehouse folks make some awesome jerky and this venison is another great example of their skill.

Overall Impression (A-):  One word:  Delicious!  This is an incredibly great jerky.  The venison flavor is frame perfectly by the seasonings of the jerky and the pieces themselves are a joy to eat.  They look as good as they taste and you’ll enjoy the bag from beginning to end.  This jerky is a definite winner.  Grab a bag and we’re sure you’ll agree this is some seriously tasty jerky.  Eat well!

14May

Howdy!

Today’s tasty tester is a bag of Field Trip Original No.3 Beef Jerky purchased as part of a mixed 6 pack special from Woot!.  Yes, that’s right.  Woot jerky.

Field Trip Original No.3 Beef Jerky

Field Trip Original No.3 Beef Jerky

This jerky, promoted as an artisan crafted food, is made from top round beef without artificial preservatives, added MSG, or nitrates.  Sounds like a good way to start your jerky day, but does this meaty treat delivery beefy goodness?  Let’s see what you get with this one:

Taste (A-):  This taste of this original style jerky is about being two things:  sweet and peppery.  The first flavor that hits you is the sweet blend of the brown sugar and pineapple juice that combine elegantly into a rich, almost complexly taste.  There’s some soy and vinegar in there as well adding some welcome tangy kick.  Further buttressed by garlic and onion it all starts on your tongue as a sweet and savory festival… and then the pepper kicks in.  This jerky has a solid pepper punch that settles into your mouth and takes you for a ride.  It’s great stuff, and while this level of pepper intensity might ordinarily elicit a ‘peppered’ jerky label, it’s so well-balanced against the sweet and savory flavors that it never dominates the taste.  Really, this is a fantastically well-done mix of flavors.

Texture (B):  This thin-sliced jerky is cut along the grain and is dry, but still pliable.  Though tough at first, the pieces chew surprisingly quickly and are generally easy to eat once you work on them a bit.  It feels good.

Smell (B+):  There’s a lot going on with this jerky, smell-wise, and that complexity is probably the only thing detracting from its aroma.  One whiff and get a full-on hit of the brown sugar and smoke backed by a menagerie of teriyaki sauce scents and good ol’ pepper.  Some of them blend together, some of them stand out, but they all grab a hold of your nose with authority.  It smells pretty great, all told, but definitely demands extra attention to sort it all out.

Appearance (A):  This is a good-looking jerky!  The thin sliced pieces sport a rich brown color with a slight red tint.  The combination of straight-cut and natural edges is appetizing to the eye and it all conveys the look of a quality jerky made with care and attention.

Consistency (A):  Thin-cut jerky is a flavor technique that allows the jerky artisan to thoroughly infuse the meat with the flavors of their choosing.  Here the comparatively complex flavors are expertly instilled into each bite and are delivered with exceptional repetition.  From beginning to end the entire bag was a great adventure in sweet-savory-peppery-goodness from one lean piece of quality beef to the next.

Overall Impression (A-):  The folks at Field Trip Jerky have lived up to the artisan label with this delicious, and well-made jerky.  It sports a fantastic flavor and is made with the sort of attention to quality that tells you that they take their jerky very seriously.  This stuff is really good and if you like jerky that’ll kick-start your tongue with goodness then this is your meat.  Pick up a bag and enjoy this delicious, quality jerky.  Enjoy!

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