Sunday, June 18, 2017

Chef Craig's Beef Jerky - Original

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Note: Chef Craig's is a sponsor of this website, but has no effect on our ratings and reviews.

One the newest jerky brands on the market is Chef Craig's Beef Jerky. A product of CJM Products, it's based out of West Kingston, RI.

It's the idea of Craig Mitchell, who a few years ago, had sent me samples of his own homemade jerky, with the intent of launching a business someday. Mitchell received his Culinary Arts degree from Johnson & Wales University, and has been cooking professionally since 1978.

As of this review, the only flavor Chef Craig's offers is this Original.

Monday, June 5, 2017

How Beef Jerky Can Fit Into Your Diet

By Dundalk Dan's Beef Jerky

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Working hard on that summer beach bod? If yes then you shouldn't have to settle for chalky shakes or frozen tofu meals. Dundalk Dan's Awesome Beef Jerky breaks down diets that work with your jerky-loving cravings, not against it. (Of course, always consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet.)

PALEO DIET–aka the "Caveman Diet", our beef jerky was made for this lifestyle. Unlike the cavemen though, we use only high quality, USDA approved beef. Plus, we hear cavemen hated nitrites and MSG as much as we do!

GLUTEN-FREE DIET–Diagnosed with Celiac Disease? Told your gut can't handle gluten? Or maybe you just don't like the grogginess that comes with wheat? Whatever your reasoning, we can assure you that NONE of our beef jerky flavors will break your diet.

21 DAY FIX–If you've made the first step towards getting your body into shape with Team Beachbody, you'll want to fill those containers up with as much flavor as possible! Our beef jerky is packed with tasty strips of flavor-packed.

LOW-CARB–Dr. Atkins was definitely onto something when his diet craze hit the world years ago. However, people quickly realized that serotonin is what carbs and happiness are made of so what's the point of being skinny if you're not happy, right? All our flavors have JUST enough carbs to keep you on track while not making you sad.

HIGH-PROTEIN DIET–Bulking up this year? Are a chiseled 6-pack, cut-off tank tops, and sweatbands in your future? Well, you're going to need more than dry peanut butter protein shakes to keep you on track! Each of our flavors contains 26 grams of protein per pack! You'll be ripping t-shirts and getting gym dates in no time.

AWESOME DIET–No, we didn't make this diet up, we simply gave it a name. If your summer goal is to just be you then the Awesome Diet is perfect! You were awesome yesterday, you're awesome now, and you’ll be awesome tomorrow. You know what would make you even more awesome though? Dundalk Dan’s Awesome Beef Jerky in your pantry!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Jewels of the Forest Mushroom Jerky - Sesame

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Jewels of the Forest is a brand owned by Mycolab Solutions, LLC based out of Occidental, CA. They specialize in growing organic mushrooms and sell kits to grow your own shrooms.

Their mushroom jerky is made from oyster mushrooms grown on spent beer grains obtained local breweries. The mushrooms are grown on their own fungi farm, also named "Jewels of the Forest". The jerky is distributed to natural food stores throughout the United States, with most locations in the Northern California area. They can also be ordered online from their website.

The packaging claims this jerky is Non-GMO, certified vegan, gluten-free, and 100% natural.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Joe's Wicked Good Jerky - Wicked Hot

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Joe's Wicked Good Beef Jerky is a brand owned by Joe's Wicked Good Jerky Corporation, based out of Redding, CA. It was started by the husband and wife duo of Joe Nixt and Traci Nixt, who launched the brand in October 2014.

At the time, Joe had been making his own jerky for over 20 years. He's shared it with friends and co-workers from his contracting business. When Traci lost her secretarial position, the couple decided to make a go at running a jerky company.

This "Wicked Hot" is made with Ghost Peppers and Habaneros, and is the hottest flavor Joe's Wicked makes. The package says, "Warning: extremely hot".

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Ria's Roadkill Jerky - Habanero

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Ria's RoadKill Jerky has stepped up a notch on the Scoville Scale with this new Habanero offering. See our reviews of other flavors from Ria's RoadKill Jerky.

Ria's RoadKill Jerky is run by Eden Van, based out of Long Beach, CA, having launched in January 2011. Eden got started in making jerky after receiving compliments on his barbecue recipes. He uses USDA Choice top round from his local meat market. All jerky is dehydrated in a smoker. He currently sells through Facebook and eBay while waiting for his new website to finish.

The company doesn't describe this jerky in any further way other than the name, "Habanero", but then again it perhaps doesn't need anymore explanation than that.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Joe's Wicked Good Jerky - Mary Joe

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Joe's Wicked Good Beef Jerky is a brand owned by Joe's Wicked Good Jerky Corporation, based out of Redding, CA. It was started by the husband and wife duo of Joe Nixt and Traci Nixt, who launched the brand in October 2014.

At the time, Joe had been making his own jerky for over 20 years. He's shared it with friends and co-workers from his contracting business. When Traci lost her secretarial position, the couple decided to make a go at running a jerky company.

This "Mary Joe" is described as a Bloody Mary jerky, "...without the tomato and vodka. The company says that they sold out of their first batch in a week.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Dundalk Dan's Awesome Beef Jerky - Sriracha

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Dundalk Dan's Awesome Beef Jerky is a brand of Hard Working Foods, LLC based out of Baltimore, MD. It was started by Dan Dawes in 2013, the CEO of an Internet marketing firm with a passion for meat snacks.

Dundalk Dan's claims their jerky is made in small batches and hand trimmed, and then marinated for 3 days.

This "Sriracha" variety is made with Sriracha Sauce. According to Dundalk Dan's, "This one rates 4 out of 5 on the hot meter."

Monday, May 8, 2017

Benefits for the Planet of Raising Grass-Fed Beef

by Lawless Jerky

There is a lively debate going on in the media and around the web about the environmental impact of raising cattle relative to a purely vegetal approach to agriculture.

Critics say that the methane expelled by livestock contributes to global warming, that what cattle eat and drink should be sustaining humans directly, or that the land cattle graze upon is better used raising produce.

These arguments are not completely off base but they are exaggerated, generalized and offset by important aspect of raising cattle that contribute to the betterment of our ecosystem. In particular, cattle raised on grass throughout their lives (rather than "grain-finished") represent a boon to our environment.

At present, just 2% of US greenhouse gas emissions are attributable to raising cattle, and that figure can be further diminished, by half, with measures now entering farmers’ repertoires, including bovine nutritional supplements and cultivated dung beetle populations.

More significant is the impact pasture-raised beef has on returning carbon from all sources to the soil. Land covered by vegetation (trees, bushes, grass, etc.), like that used for grazing cattle, is ideal for recapturing carbon via photosynthesis and holding it stably in the ground. Cows' "pruning mouths stimulate vegetative growth as their trampling hoofs and digestive tracts foster seed germination and nutrient recycling."

Research on other aspects of cattle farming reflects that a pound of beef consumers 441 gallons of water, a figure that only slightly exceeds the requirement for rice. And, of course, beef is much more nutritious than rice.

It is also the case that much of the land on which cattle graze (85% in the U.S.) is actually unfit for other uses. The grain used to fatten up factory-farmed cattle might otherwise appear on supermarket shelves but the grass fed to cows used by beef jerky purveyors like Lawless Jerky is outside the diet of even the most veggie-loving humans.

Even as vegetarianism becomes more trendy, and non-meat protein options increase, meat-based jerky is not going anywhere. Nor should it, given the offsetting benefits that raising grass-fed cattle has for the earth, and the unmatched nutrition and satisfaction it provides to us.

Sources: Niman, Nicolette Hahn. "Actually, Raising Beef is Good for the Planet." Wall Street Journal, 19 December 2014; Niman, Nicolette Hahn. "Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production." Chelsea Green, 2014



Friday, April 14, 2017

Joe's Wicked Good Jerky Firefighters' Favorite


During the summer of 2015 a serial arsonist attacked Contra Costa County in California, sending more than 10,000 firefighters on the line fighting fires. The men and women of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) are dedicated to the fire protection and stewardship of over 31 million acres of California's privately-owned wildlands. Joe's Wicked Good Jerky answered the call to help support those firefighters.

During the hot summer over 60,000 packages of Joe's Wicked Good Jerky was sent to the front lines. In the sack lunches firefighters found packages of Joe's Peppered, Regular and Sweet and Spicy jerky. Owned and operated by Joe and Traci Nixt, Joe's Wicked Good Jerky is distributed out of Redding, California and has been in business since March 2015.

"It feels so good to send a treat to these men and women who do so much for us and keep us safe. Joe and I are so grateful for their efforts," said Traci.

As it turns out, these firefighters love this jerky! Orders pour in all year long after the firefighters return home. In 2016 more of Joe's jerky was sent to the front lines and even more orders poured in afterwards.

"Had your Regular in a lunch sack at the fires in Trinity County last Summer. Best jerky ever! Reminds me of what my Mom made when I was a kid. Keep up the great work!" Andrea T., Fair Oaks, CA

"Had this jerky on the Valley Fire and it is amazing!! Every time I opened my lunch this is the first thing I went for!" Dan M., Nampa, ID

"This is by far the best jerky that I've ever tasted!" Ashley C., West Columbia, SC


Joe and Traci want to thank these firefighters for all they do and encourage everyone to be fire safe this summer.

Order the Firefighters' Favorite by visiting their website and use BBJ10 code for 10% off.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Jerky's Gourmet Debuts New Branding, Website, and New Flavor!

by Tim Gerstman, Jerky's Gourmet

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Over the past year, Jerky's Gourmet has been working on some very special updates and we're excited to finally share our new bag design with you! Just so our loyal customers are aware, Orange Teriyaki is now called Sweet Citrus, BBQ Mesquite is now Smokehouse BBQ, Craft Beer is now India Pale Ale. Enjoy our new look with the same great taste you’re accustomed to, plus more!

Bacon Jerky Now Available


The Maple Bacon Jerky is the newest flavor to the Jerky’s Gourmet variety. This sweet and savory combination of maple syrup and bacon will make you want to pig out! Be sure to pick up your bag (or bags?) online on our new and improved website at www.jerkysgourmet.com.

Best Beef Jerky readers will get a special 10% discount with Coupon Code: BestBeefJerky

Visit onlinehttps://www.jerkysgourmet.com/