Krave Garlic Chili Pepper Beef Jerky Review

Krave Garlic Chile Beef Jerky

Today we are reviewing Krave Garlic Chili Pepper Beef Jerky. Krave Jerky is owned by Jonathan Sebastiani (part of a 4th generation wine family) out of Sonoma, CA.

Krave is one of the hottest jerky companies in the market right now. Over the last year their beef jerky has been featured in the NY Times as well as on Good Morning America.

The package includes 3.25 oz of jerky. Before drying this jerky, Krave soaks the chuck cut from California beef in a garlic and chili marinade. About half way through the
jerky dehydration process they add real chili flakes.

Krave Garlic Chile Pepper Beef Jerky

From the label, the ingredients include Beef, Sugar, Soy Sauce, Corn Syrup, Chili Sauce, Chili Pepper, Spices, Potato Starch, Chili Powder and Salt.

This might be the most tender jerky that we have ever tried. For those who don’t like spicy, don’t let the chili ingredients dissuade you. This jerky is not hot, but it does have a very nice chili flavor. In our video review we look at texture, flavor, heat level and chewability.


None of the flavors are overwhelming in this jerky. There is nice, delicate balance of garlic, light salt, soy sauce and chile spices. If you love the flavor of chile in your mouth then Krave Garlic Chili Pepper Beef Jerky is one you will definitely want to try.

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Joe’s Jerky Buffalo Style Chicken Jerky Review

Joe's Chicken Jerky

Today I am reviewing Joe’s Jerky Buffalo Style Chicken Jerky. Joe’s Jerky is out of Sherrill, New York and owned by Joe Robinson who has over 20 years experience as a meat cutter in the supermarket industry.

Like many others Joe started out making jerky for snacks for family and friends who consistently asked him for more. About 3 years ago, Joe decided to go into business full-time and opened up Joe’s Jerky.

From the label, Joe’s Chicken Jerky is made in the USA and is gluten free. The ingredients include Chicken, Buffalo Style Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, Hot Sauce with Cayenne Peppers, Vinegar Hot Sauce with pineapple and habanero and chipotle peppers, Liquid Smoke, Sodium Nitrite (which is used for curing) and Sprayed with Potassium Sorbate solution to help protect freshness. Contains Soy.

Chicken Jerky

The jerky comes in resealable packaging and it’s 3.0 oz. Resealable packaging for this size jerky is important as typically you will not eat the entire package at once.

Nutritional Facts for 1 oz serving size:

  • Calories: 45
  • Total Fat: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 20mg
  • Sodium: 210mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 0g
  • Protein: 7g

For our complete, detailed review including texture, flavor, spice and chewability please see our video review.

If you’re looking for a different type of jerky to try with a soft chew that is delicious, then I recommend you give Joe’s Chicken Jerky a try.

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Jeff’s Famous Real Bacon Jerky Maple Brown Sugar Review

Jeff's Bacon Jerky

Today I am reviewing Jeff’s Famous Real Bacon Jerky, Maple Brown Sugar flavor. Jeff’s Famous Jerky is out of Big Bear, California. Founded and managed by 20 year food service veteran Jeff Richards who began experimenting with jerky recipes in the early seventies.

As often happens with good food products, what started out as a hobby of making jerky for friends and family turned in to a thriving business. Jeff’s original jerky recipe was fine-tuned for almost thirty years until 2009 when demand grow enough for Jeff’s Gourmet Jerky to form.

The ingredients include Bacon, Brown Sugar, Powdered Sugar, 100% pure Maple
Syrup, Water, Balsamic Vinegar.100% real maple syrup. Fully shelf
stable. No refrigeration required. Packaging is resealable and includes 2 oz. of bacon jerky.

In today’s bacon jerky video review we discuss packaging, ingredients, aroma, thickness, flavor, texture and more.

If you are a bacon lover or know one, or even a jerky lover then I strongly recommend you give Jeff’s Real Bacon Jerky a try. Texture and flavor for this one are 5 out of 5.

Jeff's Bacon Jerky
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Fatman’s Habanero Beef Jerky Review


Fatman's Habanero Beef Jerky

Today we are reviewing Fatman’s Habanero Beef Jerky. Fatman’s is owned and operated by Rick Robey out of Roswell, New Mexico (that’s right where all of the interesting aliens live). Rick was in the cattle business and meat packing business in Eastern New Mexico for over 25 years. He is now using that experience to bring his flavorful jerky to us. All Fatman’s jerky is made with 100% American beef and made in a USDA inspected facility.

From the label you will immediately notice 21 grams of protein and only 1.5g fat Fatman’s Habanero Beef Jerky. Certainly a good choice for the health conscious.

Fatman's Beef Jerky Nutritional InfoThe primary ingredients include beef, water, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, habanero powder, corn syrup and salt.

When opening the package, you will immediately notice this is a very thin sliced jerky; almost like it was shaved from the beef. On first taste you will get a nice beef flavor followed by the soy sauce and then spice from the habanero. You definitely taste the heat in this spicy beef jerky. It’s made with habanero peppers and that kick is noticeable with a 3 out of 5 for heat.

For our complete, detailed review, please see our video review below. We discuss texture, chewability, flavor and heat level.

In summary, if you like a thin sliced, good beef flavor with spice, then give Fatman’s Habanero Beef Jerky a try.
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Barren Creek Sweet N’ Spicy Beef Jerky Review

Barren Creek Sweet and Spicy Beef JerkyToday we are reviewing Barren Creek Sweet N’ Spicy Beef Jerky. Barren Creek Beef Jerky comes from Johnson’s Mill out on the Barren Creek in New Tazewell, Tennessee. Yes, there is an actual mill and it has been a family owned business for five generations. Originally started by Robert Johnson and now operated by father, Jimmy Johnson, and sons: John and Andy. The Johnson brothers started making their beef jerky since 2008 and today it’s made in a modern USDA inspected facility.

The ingredients for this beef jerky are beef, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, red peppers, tomoato sauce, onions, hot pepper extracts, hot peppers, vinegar, spices, soy oil, garlic and salt. There are 90 calories per serving, 0.5g fat and 12g of protein. No MSG. Allergen Alert: Does contain Wheat and Soy.

After opening this jerky and removing from the package you will notice the cut has a medium thickness. You can see the spices and get a nice aroma of the Worcestershire sauce. On the initial bite you taste beef, Worcestershire and soy then followed by sweetness from the brown sugar. As the chew continues, the subtle spice starts to become more noticeable. It’s worth mentioning that it’s spice and not crazy heat.

For our detailed review of Barren Creek Sweet N’ Spicy Beef Jerky, please see our video review below.

In summary, the flavors work well together and you should give this jerky a try if you are looking for a nice beef, Worcestershire and sweet flavor with mild spice in the background.Armadillo Pepper offer’s this jerky in 3.2 oz sizes for $6.75.
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Mountain America Ostrich Jerky Review

Ostrich Jerky

Today we are reviewing Mountain America’s Ostrich Jerky. This wild game jerky is 100% real Ostrich – no fillers. Interest in wild game jerky has been growing the last few years  due to it’s low fat content. Mountain America’s ostrich jerky is lower in fat than turkey, chicken, beef or pork and high in protein.

Chuck Watson, owner of Mountain America Jerky, has been selling gourmet jerky since 1997. Mountain America takes pride in being a small company that smokes their jerky on a daily basis. Their jerky is created using a handmade process: from slicing, to marinade, to the smoker and packaging. Chuck makes his jerky in Colorado in a USDA/FDA inspected facility.

Mountain America Ostrich Jerky is a basic black pepper recipe made from solid strips of ostrich. After opening this ostrich jerky you will notice the jerky is a medium cut. Upon first taste you will detect the ostrich flavor followed by the hickory Smoke, then brown sugar and soy. Unlike much jerky on the market, there is very little salt flavor. As you continue chewing, the black pepper becomes more noticeable, but at no point overpowering.

It is a good chew and bo fat is detected while chewing. To be such a lean cut of meat, we were surprised that the ostrich jerky still retains moisture. If you like a lean, high protein jerky with unique ostrich flavor then we definitely recommend you give this one a try. For our complete, detailed review please see our video review below.



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Cattaneo Brothers Exta-Thin Cut Style Beef Jerky Review

Cattaneo Extra Thin Hot Beef Jerky

Right out of California comes a very tasty extra-thin, spicy, beef jerky, made from 100% U.S. beef by Cattaneo Brothers.

A little history on the Cattaneo Brothers will quickly reveal that two brothers, Bill and Pino Cattaneo moved with their family to the United States from the northern region of Italy in 1920.

They landed in Boston and then traveled by train to San Luis Obispo, California
where other relatives lived. The two boys entered the butcher
trade and worked for various companies. Eventually, the brothers took $200 of their own money and started Cattaneo

Cattaneo Extra Thin Hot Beef Jerky

Today we are reviewing Cattaneo Brothers Hot Pepper Extra-Thin Cut Beef Jerky. Upon first taste of this beef jerky I got a very strong and bold, beefy flavor, but as I continued to chew the flavors began to further develop.

This jerky is made with only a few simple ingredients, including Habanero peppers, but somehow the Cattaneo Brothers have managed to make this jerky remind me of a “beefy version” of spicy Italian pepperoni. The salt, peppers, and spices really start to develop great flavor as you chew. The salt in this beef jerky is noticeable, so if you like salt this one’s for you.

We also noticed that the extra-thin cut style makes the beef jerky easy to chew.


  • Texture 6 of 10
  • Flavor 7 of 10
  • Heat Scale 5 of 10
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