Thursday, March 5, 2015

Crazy Mike's Beef Jerky - Peppered

Crazy Mike's Beef Jerky is a brand started in 2013 by Mike Merwin, a retired US Navy veteran, based out of Altamount, NY.

Mike, who's known by his friends as "Crazy Mike", had been making jerky himself since 1994 when a friend bought him a dehydrator on a BOGO deal after watching a late night infomercial. Mike had been making homebrew and winning chili cook-offs at the time, so making jerky was right up his alley.

Crazy Mike's Beef Jerky is made from USDA Choice Beef, Eye Round, hickory smoked, and then slow cooked. It currently sells online from its website, as well as in one of Mike's friend's bars.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Dried and True Beef Jerky - Spicy Teriyaki

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Dried and True is a brand that I covered a couple of years ago with their Sriracha Lima and Korean BBQ varieties. Recently, they sent me packages of their Original, Chile Limon, and Spicy Teriyaki.

Founded in Venice CA in 2012, by a local named Matt Lauster, Dried and True Beef Jerky sought to change to people's taste buds and perception of what beef jerky could taste like. After refining his product by selling at local farmer's markets and the LA food festival scene, Matt claims that so many customers have proclaimed, "This is the best jerky I've ever eaten!". He uses exclusively from California raised beef without chemical preservatives, nitrates/nitrites, MSG or high fructose corn syrup.

This "Spicy Teriyaki" variety is described by the company as a "one-two combo of sweet and heat", claiming to be made with pineapple juice, teriyaki sauce, but "kicked up with ginger and fresh jalapeƱos for just a little bite". It's a brisket cut and sliced against the grain to yield a tender chew and texture.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Dave's Meat & Nuts - Classic Smoked Dry Beef Jerky

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Dave's Meat & Nuts is a brand that launched in January 2015 after raising funds on Kickstarter last November. We published a review back then, but withheld ratings until the company went live.

The company is the brainchild of Dave Gadlin, who had spent a great deal of time working in New York City with some of the country's best chefs and restauranteurs. He took his expertise out to Napa, CA to focus on his two biggest snack food passions, jerky and peanuts. Dave claims his jerky to be smoked in a real smokehouse.

This "Classic Smoked Dry" beef jerky is compared by Dave himself to other great classics like The Beatles, Julia Child, a '57 Chevy, and Neil Armstrong.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Crazy Mike's Beef Jerky - Original

crazy mikes jerky
Crazy Mike's Beef Jerky is a brand started in 2013 by Mike Merwin, a retired US Navy veteran, based out of Altamount, NY.

Mike, who's known by his friends as "Crazy Mike", had been making jerky himself since 1994 when a friend bought him a dehydrator on a BOGO deal after watching a late night infomercial. Mike had been making homebrew and winning chili cook-offs at the time, so making jerky was right up his alley.

Crazy Mike's Beef Jerky is made from USDA Choice Beef, Eye Round, hickory smoked, and then slow cooked. It currently sells online from its website, as well as in one of Mike's friend's bars.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Dried and True Beef Jerky - Original

dried and true beef jerky
Dried and True is a brand that I covered a couple of years ago with their Sriracha Lima and Korean BBQ varieties. Recently, they sent me packages of their Original, Chile Limon, and Spicy Teriyaki.

Founded in Venice CA in 2012, by a local named Matt Lauster, Dried and True Beef Jerky sought to change to people's taste buds and perception of what beef jerky could taste like. After refining his product by selling at local farmer's markets and the LA food festival scene, Matt claims that so many customers have proclaimed, "This is the best jerky I've ever eaten!". He uses exclusively from California raised beef without chemical preservatives, nitrates/nitrites, MSG or high fructose corn syrup.

This Original variety is made with organic Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce and brown sugar, and is meant to be their interpretation of classic jerky. Matt claims it's made from classic top round cut of beef and gives off a smoky flavor.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Van Cleave Dry Goods - Brisket Nuggets

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Van Cleave Dry Goods is a new brand of jerky having launched earlier in 2014. The brand was started by Adam Van Cleave, a former Michigan-based attorney.

Adam had been making his own home jerky and sharing it with friends. As demand grew, he found himself churning out 50 pounds of jerky each week, and spending too much time doing it. After a move to Texas, Adam launched his new jerky business.

Van Cleave Dry Goods offers two types of jerky, these "Brisket Nuggets", and "Steak Strips". We reviewed the Steak Strips last December. These "Brisket Nuggets" are made from 100% Angus beef brisket, cut into bite sized pieces, and marinated for 12 hours. They're offered in the same four flavors as the Steak Strips.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Lawless Jerky - Pho

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Note: Lawless Jerky is a sponsor of this website, but has no effect on our ratings and reviews.

Among the newest flavors from Lawless Jerky is this Pho beef jerky. See our other reviews of Lawless Jerky.

Lawless Jerky is a brand owned and operated by Lawless Jerky, LLC based out of Santa Monica, CA. It was started by Matthew Tolnick, a former attorney who held a not-so-secret passion for making chewy chunks of dehydrated beef. After a stint as a legal counselor, he decided to throw his hat into the jerky industry and start his own business.

This Pho variety is described by the company as being made with, "...herbs like cilantro, mint and basil; spices like star anise, cinnamon and cloves, and the heat of jalapeno."

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Chef Craig's Beef Jerky - Black Thai

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

The newest flavor to come out of Chef Craig's Beef Jerky is this Black Thai. Read our review of their Original Beef Jerky.

Based out of West Kingston, RI, Chef Craig's Beef Jerky was originally started by Craig Mitchell, who holds a Culinary Arts degree from Johnson & Wales University. He's been cooking professionally since 1978. Chef Craig's Beef Jerky was a way to extend his career in cooking and cuisine.

This Black Thai variety is described by the company as "The same chewy beef jerky with a taste of Asian spiciness; it leaves a lingering warm sensation in your mouth."

Monday, January 26, 2015

Smokehouse Jerky Co - Haunting Heat

smokehouse jerky co
Smokehouse Jerky Co. is a brand of Tender Heifer Snack Co., based out of Beaumont, CA. It was started in 2008 by husband and wife team Trent and Barbie Levinson.

The company takes pride in its beef brisket-based jerky, using meat sourced from California. They add no MSG and no preservatives, and focus on small batches at a time.

This "Haunting Heat" variety is made with Ghost Pepper chiles, and is described by Smokehouse Jerky Co as, "This is made with real “Ghost Pepper”, fantastic taste but it’s not for the faint of heart. “It’s the hottest we make."

Saturday, January 24, 2015

V-Day Dude Food

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Give him what he really wants this Valentines Day....

Dude Food!

Be it Pap's Foods top rated savory beef jerky flavors, or their flavorful and hardy beef sticks, you can find manly gift ideas for that beef jerky lover in your life.

Pap's has put together a Valentines day combo and has a special promotion on their assorted beef sticks box.

Find it herehttps://papsbeefsticks.com/shop/