Sunday, February 7, 2016

Astro Fresh Jerky - Buffalo Chicken Wing

astro fresh jerky
Astro Fresh Jerky is a brand owned by HJP Trading, LLC based out of Los Angeles, CA. It was started by Roy Park in early 2015 who found an old family recipe that dated back to the late 1980s.

Since then, Roy has been selling his jerky in local markets and retailers in California. Recently they started a website and are now taking online orders.

This Buffalo Chicken Wing is a chicken jerky.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Think Jerky - Sriracha Honey Turkey

think jerky
Think Jerky is a new brand that hit the scene late last year. Based out of Chicago, IL, the brand spent nearly two years perfecting its recipe for a health-conscious market. The company claims to have "cut the salt in half" and replaced them with herbs and spices.

Think Jerky is a collaboration with three celebrity chefs, Chef Laurent Gras, a three-star Michelin Chef, Chef Matt Troost, a Baconfest champion, and Chef Gale Gand, a TV-host on Food Network. Together, their goal with Think Jerky is to create a great tasting jerky, with grass-fed beef, free-range turkey, that's paleo friendly, gluten free, family-farmed, with no artificial preservatives, and all natural ingredients

This "Sweet Chipotle" is described by Chef Gand as, "...a custom blend of sriracha, honey & spices", to create a, "...perfect balance of sweetness and heat".

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Chef Craig's Beef Jerky - Original

chef craigs jerky
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, February 1, 2016

Bayou Blend - Sweet Antebellum

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Bayou Blend Meat Snacks has a new flavor out called, "Sweet Antebellum". Read our reviews of their other flavors here.

Bayou Blend Meat Snacks is a brand of beef jerky based out of Napoleonville, LA. The company was started by Milton Hock in January 2013. Hock had been making jerky for some 20 years before launching Bayou Blend. He started the business after seeing an opportunity to offer meat snacks with more unique cajun-style flavor than competing brands.

This new Sweet Antebellum is described as a "Sweeter Style Beef Jerky", being made from Louisiana Sugar Cane.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Astro Fresh Jerky - Supernova Hot Beef Jerky

astro fresh jerky
Astro Fresh Jerky is a brand owned by HJP Trading, LLC based out of Los Angeles, CA. It was started by Roy Park in early 2015 who found an old family recipe that dated back to the late 1980s.

Since then, Roy has been selling his jerky in local markets and retailers in California. Recently they started a website and are now taking online orders.

This Supernova Hot variety is one of three hot beef jerky flavors the company offers.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Jedidiah's Jerky - Hot Chili Pepper Beef Brisket

jedidiahs jerky
This "Hot Chili Pepper" is a new flavor from Jedidiah's Jerky. It's part of their revamped line up of beef brisket jerky.

Jedidiah's Jerky is a brand that we reviewed before (read the reviews here). Some time ago, they reintroduced their line of jerky with new recipes and new branding, and moved their headquarters to Laughlin, NV to Beatty, NV. Jedidiah's Jerky also has since opened up a chain of beef jerky stores called, "Jed's Jerky" throughout Nevada and California.

This "Hot Chili Pepper" jerky doesn't come with any additional description or claims.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Think Jerky - Sweet Chipotle

think jerky
Think Jerky is a new brand that hit the scene late last year. Based out of Chicago, IL, the brand spent nearly two years perfecting its recipe for a health-conscious market. The company claims to have "cut the salt in half" and replaced them with herbs and spices.

Think Jerky is a collaboration with three celebrity chefs, Chef Laurent Gras, a three-star Michelin Chef, Chef Matt Troost, a Baconfest champion, and Chef Gale Gand, a TV-host on Food Network. Together, their goal with Think Jerky is to create a great tasting jerky, with grass-fed beef, free-range turkey, that's paleo friendly, gluten free, family-farmed, with no artificial preservatives, and all natural ingredients

This "Sweet Chipotle" is described by Chef Troost as, "a one-two punch of flavors", "...the sweetness of real raspberries, then a three pepper blend for a spicy finish".

Monday, January 25, 2016

News: Jerky Geek

jerky geek
Jerky Geek is a new jerky brand, based in St. Louis, MO, that will soon start selling product. The creation of Brian Gilbert, who describes himself as a "life-long cook" and "consummate geek", explains that he loves jerky and has a passion for making jerky.

Jerky Geek's brand is based around themes popular with modern-day geeks such as science fiction, fantasy, and goth. Imagine if jerky was the favorite snack of Star Trek, Dune, Lord of the Rings, or Harry Potter, and you might get the picture.

Says Gilbert, "I make jerky with complex character. I make jerky that is affordable, imaginative, and fanstasically flavorful". Gilbert says he's worked every job in the restaurant industry from dishwasher to Sous Chef. Jerky Geek is claimed to be made from grass-fed beef, with no artificial preservatives, nitrates, nitrites, or extra-terrestrial embryos.

He funded his business through a Kickstarter campaign that recently completed a week ago. The packaging and labeling you see depicted here is not the final form.

Currently, he's developing six flavors. We have four of them here to sample. Because Jerky Geek is still in development form, I'm withholding reviews. Below are descriptions from the company...

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Think Jerky - Ginger Orange

think jerky
Think Jerky is a new brand that hit the scene late last year. Based out of Chicago, IL, the brand spent nearly two years perfecting its recipe for a health-conscious market. The company claims to have "cut the salt in half" and replaced them with herbs and spices.

Think Jerky is a collaboration with three celebrity chefs, Chef Laurent Gras, a three-star Michelin Chef, Chef Matt Troost, a Baconfest champion, and Chef Gale Gand, a TV-host on Food Network. Together, their goal with Think Jerky is to create a great tasting jerky, with grass-fed beef, free-range turkey, that's paleo friendly, gluten free, family-farmed, with no artificial preservatives, and all natural ingredients

This "Ginger Orange" is described by Chef Gand as infusing her recipe with classic ingredients from East Asian cooking, "layering savory atop citrus with a ginger bite for a distinct, singular flavor".

Friday, January 22, 2016

Astro Fresh Jerky - Sweet & Spicy

astro fresh jerky
Astro Fresh Jerky is a brand owned by HJP Trading, LLC based out of Los Angeles, CA. It was started by Roy Park in early 2015 who found an old family recipe that dated back to the late 1980s.

Since then, Roy has been selling his jerky in local markets and retailers in California. Recently they started a website and are now taking online orders.

This Sweet & Spicy variety makes no additional claims, other than being "sweet & spicy".