Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Little Bit Jerky - Spiked Cocoa Bit

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Little Bit Jerky has a couple new flavors out, including this "Spiked Cocoa Bit".

The "Little Bit Jerky" brand launched in February 2016, by Robert Helmcamp and Teresa Helmcamp, based out of Wichita Falls, TX.

Robert is a professional butcher of 22 years, learning the craft the "old school" way, and developed his own seasonings. Little Bit Jerky is made fresh daily from top round, and marinated for 18-24 hours.

This "Spiked Cocoa Bit" is described by the company as being, "marinated in chocolate and a little jalapeno", going on to say that it gives you a sweet and spicy taste.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Help Decide the Future of Beef Jerky!

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Hey Jerky Fans, we’re conducting a survey on behalf of our sponsors to help guide the future of the industry.

We want to find out when and why you eat jerky, where you get it, and what your favorite things are about your favorite jerky flavors and brands. We hope to help them bring new products to market that have never been seen before, to better serve you.

The survey is quick, it should only take about 10 minutes, at most.

Among those who complete the survey, we’ll select 10 winners who will each receive 10 bags of premium jerky from one of our sponsors with our compliments.

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Two Chicks Beef Jerky - Classic

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Two Chicks Beef Jerky is a brand of Two Chicks Specialty Goods, LLC, based out of San Rafael, CA. It was started by two women, Shannon and Breelyn, who embarked on a 4 1/2 month long road trip back in 2012, and stocked themselves up on homemade jerky.

Along the way, people they met tried their jerky and liked it enough to recommend they start a business. So when they returned home, they did just that. Two Chicks Beef Jerky has now been in operation a little over a year now, and is now carried in over 20 retail locations in Northern California.

The company claims, "Sometimes it is... all about the meat", referencing their reliance on grass-fed meat, locally sourced, with no preservatives, antibiotics, or added hormones. It's also marketed as gluten-free, and uses honey instead of refined sugar.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Jerky by Art - Green Chile

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Jerky by Art was established by Arthur Sandoval in 2004, based out of Albuquerque, NM.

As an iron worker, Art started making carne seca (Mexican-style jerky) at home for his own pleasure. He would take some to work and sell it to co-workers. He was selling so much of it, that he bought more dehydrators. Before he knew it, he was producing jerky all day and night. And thus became, Jerky by Art.

This Green Chile variety is another favorite among the company's customers.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Joe's Wicked Good Jerky - Regular 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 share 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. I have all four of the existing flavors, starting with this "Regular Joe".

The company describes it as, "This is no regular jerky", and claiming that it has, "a ton of flavor without the spice".

Jerky by Art - Garlic

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Jerky by Art was established by Arthur Sandoval in 2004, based out of Albuquerque, NM.

As an iron worker, Art started making carne seca (Mexican-style jerky) at home for his own pleasure. He would take some to work and sell it to co-workers. He was selling so much of it, that he bought more dehydrators. Before he knew it, he was producing jerky all day and night. And thus became, Jerky by Art.

This Garlic variety is said to be a favorite among the company's customers.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Lawless Jerky Teams with The Phoenix Suns SixthMan Members and St. Vincent de Paul to Fight Hunger in the Phoenix Community

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Lawless Jerky, the Phoenix-based craft jerky brand known for its world-inspired "Braver Flavors™," has made its largest charitable donation to date. To mark National Jerky Day and celebrate the company's Arizona roots, Lawless Jerky donated 24,870 bags of jerky to St. Vincent de Paul, the prominent Arizona charitable organization.

Today, Lawless Jerky also will team up with the Phoenix Suns SixthMan Members and St. Vincent de Paul to prepare, serve and enjoy a meal alongside hundreds of local Phoenix families in need.

Lawless Jerky Founder and CEO Matt Tolnick spearheaded the donation and community support initiative: "Lawless Jerky is proudly made in Arizona. The Phoenix community is our manufacturing home and we are fortunate to be surrounded by loyal and hardworking employees and business partners from the Phoenix area."

"We are grateful to the community and want to provide everyone here access to a nutritious, high-protein, and delicious snack. To do this alongside community stalwarts like the Phoenix Suns fans and St. Vincent de Paul, who have impacted this community for generations, is an honor. We aim to follow in their sizable footsteps," continued Tolnick.

After founding Lawless Jerky in Santa Monica, Calif. in 2013, Tolnick struggled to find an ideal manufacturing base. After a thorough search, he settled on Phoenix for its growth potential and high quality of life.

"As head of product development and jerky chef at Lawless Jerky, I spend an increasing amount of time in Phoenix and will personally relocate here this summer," said Tolnick. "The city is flourishing and has plenty of untapped potential. People love living in Phoenix and are passionate about supporting local businesses. With this donation, we aim to celebrate deep roots in Phoenix."

About The Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Each year, St. Vincent de Paul provides approximately 10,000,000 meals to people in need, in addition to a wide array of life services including employment counseling and placement, medical and dental services, and the provision of clothing and food.

Jerry Castro, Director of Food Services at St. Vincent de Paul, has been a leader within the organization for nearly 30 years: "We are fortunate to have the support of the Phoenix Suns for quite some time."

"When Lawless Jerky came to visit us earlier this year, there was an immediate mutual respect and connection. Though new to our community, Matt Tolnick and the Lawless Jerky team have an obvious commitment to be strong corporate citizens here. We at St. Vincent de Paul welcome Lawless Jerky to our home with open arms."

Lawless Jerky's donation of 24,870 bags of jerky marks the number of years that each of the participants have called Phoenix home: two years for Lawless Jerky, 48 years for the Phoenix Suns, and 70 years for St. Vincent de Paul.

The impact this sizable donation will be felt throughout the state of Arizona, as Lawless Jerky bags will be packed into shelf stable meals and delivered to the 83 conferences maintained throughout the state by St. Vincent de Paul. Collectively, over 500,000 grams of 100% grass-fed protein will be distributed.

"Food insecurity in the United States, particularly among children, is a much more significant problem than most people realize," said Dr. Madelyn Fernstrom, a national health and wellness expert and the Health and Nutrition Editor for NBC News and the TODAY Show on NBC. "Nutrition that the most vulnerable members of our society receive is often devoid of quality protein, so Lawless Jerky's donation is particularly meaningful. High quality beef jerky is a healthy, tasty, and satisfying snack in between meals, and I’m sure the donation will be very much appreciated."

For more information on Lawless Jerky, please visit http://www.lawlessjerky.com. Arizona residents can now find Lawless Jerky in local Bashas’ and Sprouts Farmers Markets. To see a full list of stores where Lawless Jerky is available, please click here.

About Lawless Jerky

Lawless Jerky offers unique "Braver Flavors™" that include: Sweet Sriracha, Aloha Teriyaki, Pho, Japanese Curry, BBQ Spare Rib and other world-inspired varieties. Handmade in micro-batches in Arizona, USA, Lawless Jerky uses 100% grass-fed beef and hormone-free, antibiotic-free pork. Lawless Jerky does not use sodium nitrites, MSG, corn syrup, or added preservatives.

Learn more about America’s Craft Jerky at http://www.LawlessJerky.com.

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."

Monday, June 13, 2016

Beefy Boys Father's Day Six Pack!

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Father's Day is coming! This Father's Day, think of yourself.

Get your hubby what you always wanted him to have - A SIX PACK!

A six pack of Beefy Boys Beef Jerky that is. Includes ALL SIX of their flavors, including Jamaican Style, Original, Reserve, Teriyaki, Peppered, and HOT!

Beefy Boys is 100% made in the USA, using an old family recipe that brings out the natural flavors of beef, combined with a savory marinade that won a "Best" rating from right here on Best Beef Jerky.

Buy here: http://www.ourlocale.org/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=67311900215

Crazy Horse Beef Jerky - Sweet

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

Next in the series on Crazy Horse Beef Jerky is this Sweet variety. See my previous review of their Original beef jerky.

Crazy Horse Beef Jerky is a brand made by Dave Wenrich in Hellam, PA, who started making this brand about nine months ago, based on a old family recipe that he got from his father, who received the recipe from his father, who received it from his father.

Dave smokes all of his jerky from USDA certified bottom round in a homemade smoke house using maple, oak, and fruit woods, and sells it locally in some shops and on his eBay store.