Fusion Jerky Basil Citrus Beef Jerky Review

Today we are reviewing Fusion Jerky’s Basil Citrus Beef Jerky. This jerky is very interesting as it “fuses” fresh basil and citrus peels in thinly sliced and delicately baked, tender beef knuckles.

Fusion Jerky is the creation of KaiYen Mai who was born into a family passionate about the delicate art of creating traditional Asian jerky by cultivating unique flavors with a soft and tender texture. For nearly 50 years, Mai’s family honed their craft and developed successful family recipes that have been passed on for generations. While scaling the mighty Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mai discovered that high-protein snacks were essential as fuel for optimal performance on this grueling feat. Faced with sub-par flavors and textures of protein-rich bars and mixes, Mai realized the opportunity in the market for Fusion Jerky. The idea for an all-natural, high-protein, low-sodium delicious tasting gourmet jerky made without gluten, preservatives or nitrites was born.

For the complete details, please watch our Fusion Jerky Basis Citrus Jerky video review.

We have to agree that this Basil Citrus Beef Jerky is perfectly seasoned and bursting with flavor.

Each bag is 3.0 oz.

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Trends in Jerky

Beef Jerky

Jerky has recently increased in popularity in the United States. It is believed that this boost in popularity is due to its potential health benefits and the use of this popular snack as an appetite suppressant. There are other varieties of jerky that are also gaining popularity but this depends on the location in which they are being sold. There are a few different methods used to make jerky, each containing one or two different seasonings. Restaurant chains are beginning to make elaborated modifications to jerky in an attempt to take advantage of the increasing interest in this snack.

Common types
There are a few types of jerky that are considered classics while additional meats are beginning to enter the jerky market as producers have been exploring new markets.

Types of Jerky MeatsBase meats for jerky
• Beef
• Turkey
• Chicken
• Fish
• Exotic Meats (buffalo, alligator, etc.)

How it’s made
Jerky is typically made by seasoning and curing the meat. Salt and sugar are usually added during the curing process. Soy sauce is also a common ingredient at this point. After curing, the meat is sometimes dehydrated, depending on the type of jerky being made.
Some chefs are beginning to make their own versions of jerky; often these varieties are marinated in house-made sauces and turned into garnishes for other meals. The common trend in these restaurant marinades appears to be Worcestershire sauce.
Between the marinating process and dehydration, the making of jerky takes well over 24 hours. Each of these steps typically takes at least 24 hours individually and that can be affected by the type of meat being used and the size of the pieces.
Why it’s becoming popular

Jerky is becoming more popular because it is thought of as a health snack alternative. Eating a dehydrated piece of chicken is better than the sugary snack that would be eaten otherwise. Because of the renewed interest in this snack, many brands are coming out with new flavors such as basil citrus turkey and curry beef. There is also honey chipotle and smoked grilled teriyaki pork. These products are drastically different then the meat snacks we remember that were often not truly jerky at all.

The dieting trends that have taken hold in recent years that put a focus on the consumption of healthy meats and the removal of sugar and fillers from the diet is partly responsible for the explosion of this trend. Jerky presents an easy substitute for many of these snacks, especially with the variety of flavors that are now available. Jerky, regardless of flavor, is not a messy snack and it is easy to carry with you as you run errands or go to work. The availability of this meat as well as its ability to be stored for long periods of time makes it ideal for many people.

There are also gluten free options available for many types of jerky that are made using the meat of animals that were not grain fed and that has not been cured or mixed with any grain based ingredients. As gluten free foods are another popular food trend at the moment this is also helping the popularity of this snack.

Jerky has undergone a few changes that have made it more appealing to the everyday consumer including the additional of multiple flavors and meat sources. Beyond this, jerky has always been an accessible snack that travels well for the busy adult that is trying to keep their diet plans on track.

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Damn Good Beef Jerky Western Style Review

damn good western beef jerky

Today we are reviewing Damn Good Western Style Beef Jerky. For those unfamiliar with Damn Good Foods they are out of Stillwater, New York.

The package we are reviewing is a 1.8 oz., single-serve. The jerky is a thin to medium cut beef jerky with a consistent, solid-beef flavor. If you are familiar with the Damn Good line of beef jerky flavors then you will notice that Western Style is a bit thicker. This one has 20g of protein and 2g of fat per single-size serving, no msg added and no nitrites. Contains soy and wheat.

damn-good-beef-jerky-western-style This jerky has a strong beef aroma and flavor. You will definitely taste the teriyaki flavor followed by the black pepper. We would characterize this one as a very traditional beef jerky flavor. Watch our Damn Good Beef Jerky Western Style Video Review below for all of the details on this tasty jerky.

In summary:

  • Packaging – Single-serve, non-resealable
  • Size – 1.8 oz
  • Chewabiliy – Medium, a bit of chew required
  • Moisture/Dryness – 2 out of 5 for Moistness; jerky is a more traditional dry-type jerky
  • Heat – 0 out of 5
  • Flavor – 4 out of 5

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Jeff’s Famous Beef Jerky Habanero Heatwave Review

Jeff's Famous Beef Jerky Jabanero Heatwave

Today we are reviewing Jeff’s Famous Habanero Heatwave Beef Jerky. This jerky has a nice balance of heat with bold flavor and a bit of sweetness. Jeff’s Famous Beef Jerky comes from from Big Bear, CA. and of course is is USDA inspected. Founded and managed by 20 year food service veteran, Jeff Richards, who began experimenting with jerky recipes in the early seventies.

Jeff's Habanero Heatwave Beef Jerky

This jerky comes packaged in a 3 oz, resealable bag which is always nice for keeping the jerky fresh after opening. Consistent with other Jeff’s Jerky that we’ve had, the jerky is medium thickness with excellent chewability. The habanero pepers in this one do result in some heat. Overall this jerky is a 2.5 out of 5 for heat. For our complete, detailed review please see our Jeff’s Famous Jerky – Habanero Beef Jerky Review below.

In summary:

  • Packaging – Resealable
  • Sizes – 3 oz
  • Chewabiliy – Excellent
  • Moisture/Dryness – 3 out of 5 for Moistness
  • Heat – 2.5 out of 5
  • Flavor – 4 out of 5
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Barren Creek Roasted Garlic Beef Jerky Review

Barren Creek Roasted Garlic Beef Jerky

Barren Creek Roasted Garlic Beef Jerky is made by brothers John and Andy Johnson at Johnson’s Mill on the Barren Creek in New Tazewell, Tennessee. The Johnson brothers started making their beef jerky since 2008 and today it’s made in a modern USDA inspected facility.

Barren Creek Roasted Garlic Beef JerkyThe package is 3.2 oz. and is resealable. From the label ingredients include beef, soy sauce, Worchestershire sauce, garlic, pepper and spices. In a 1 oz. serving there is 16g of protein and 2.5g of fat. All natural ingredients. No MSG or preservatives.


Barren Creek Roasted Garlic Beef Jerky Nutritional Info

On opening the bag, I clearly detect the garlic aroma. The cut is about medium and the jerky tears easily. The initial taste is garlic followed by the Worchestershire and beef. Chewability is about medium. Not difficult to chew, but does require some chewing. For a complete and detailed review, see my Barren Creek Roasted Garlic Beef Jerky Video Review below.

This jerky has a nice beef flavor with mild garlic. Not overpowering, but with a nice, subtle garlic flavor that marries well with the fresh seasonings on the jerky. I characterize this jerky as a traditional jerky with excellent garlic flavor.
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Black Tiger Island Spice Beef Jerky Review

Black Tiger Island Spice Beef Jerky

Today I am reviewing Black Tiger Island Spice beef jerky. Black Tiger is a fairly new jerky maker located in La Mirada, California. They have been making jerky commercially for about 3 years now.

According to Black Tiger, this jerky is a mild, spicy recipe inspired by the “thousand islands” of the Pacific. The package is 3 oz. and is resealable. The label design is very modern, you might say exotic with a colorful tiger emerging from the jungle.

Ingredients include beef, barbecue sauce, brown sugar, spices, vinegar, liquid smoke and jalapeno powder. There are 11g protein and 3g fat per serving.

Black Tiger Island Spice Beef Jerky in Package

After opening the bag you notice the jerky is sliced large and is a thin cut. It is quite soft and tears very easy. The first taste is sweetness from the brown sugar then followed by black pepper (from the spices). This jerky has a flavorful spice, but is definitely not hot (for those who do not like heat). Chewability for this jerky is medium. Overall a quite nice flavor. For my complete Black Tiger Island Spice Beef Jerky review, see the video review below.

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Mingua Beef Jerky Grippos Review

Mingua Beef Jerky Grippos

Today I am reviewing Mingua Beef Jerky’s newest flavor “Grippos”. Mingua Beef Jerky is out of Paris, Kentucky and run by Ronnie Mingua and his family. Three generations of the Mingua family have been producing beef jerky.

From the resealable package (always good for keeping the jerky fresh once it has been opened) there are 3.5 oz of beef jerky made from a solid piece of beef. There are 2g of fat and 14g of protein per 1 oz serving. Ingredients include beef, soy sauce, brown sugar, BBQ spice and liquid smoke. Contains soy, sulfites and monosodium glutamate.

Mingua Grippos Beef Jerky

This jerky tears quite easy. Consistent with out Mingua Beef Jerky flavors this is a very thin sliced jerky. On the initial taste the spice from the Grippos Bar-B-Q is detected followed by a faint sweetness with a full-on beef flavor. Chewability is medium and each chew brings on more flavor. For the complete, detailed review see our Mingua Beef Jerky Grippos Video Review below.

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