Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Ria's RoadKill Jerky - Chipotle

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Next in the series on Ria's RoadKill Jerky is this Chipotle beef jerky. See previous reviews of 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.

According to Eden, this Chipotle beef jerky is the same as his Original beef jerky, but with chipotle seasoning sprinkled before hitting the smoker.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Lawless Jerky Cyber Monday Sale!

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Sale starts at 12:01am on Monday morning through midnight.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Braaitime Biltong

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Note: This review was written before Braaitime became a sponsor of this website, and was not influenced as such.

Braaitime is a brand of gourmet cured meats based out of Keansburg, NJ. The company was started in 2005 by Warren Pala. Warren immigrated from South Africa in 2001 and sought to introduce Biltong to Americans.

Warren claims to be the only brand of biltong holding true to the old world methods. "All other makers of Biltong have followed the 'jerky' method in order to achive USDA approval. They cook the meat to a certain temperature for a certain amount of time". Warren was able to get USDA approval with the help of local Italians who had already convinced USDA inspectors that their prosciutto & capacolo are shelf stable.

Biltong is a type of seasoned, dried meat whose recipe originated from South Africa. Similar to jerky in description, but tasting very much different, it's traditionally seasoned with vinegar, coriander, black pepper, and salt. Braaitime sells biltong unsliced, sliced, and flavored in Peri Peri and Garlic, and even in Venison.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Lawless Jerky - Pork BBQ Spare Rib

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The newest flavor from Lawless Jerky is this Pork BBQ Spare Rib. See our reviews of other Lawless Jerky flavors here.

Lawless Jerky is a new brand created by a licensed attorney named Matthew Tolnick of Santa Monica, CA. Making jerky started from his days in college when he and his fraternity friends needed sustenance through long evenings of studying. But today, Lawless Jerky has grown into a thriving business and Tolnick has moved full steam ahead with it, producing his jerky in a USDA inspected facility.

This Pork BBQ Spare Rib jerky is the first non-beef product from Lawless.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Crazy Horse Jerky's Cyber Monday Sale

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Real wood smoked jerky can be yours at a lower price on Cyber Monday (November 30, 2015). This is real, homemade jerky, smoked in a real wood smoker! We've reviewed Crazy Horse's Jerky, and found it awesome enough to award them five-star ratings on many of their flavors...

  • ½ lb Samplers priced at $13.99 (2 ounces of each flavor of beef jerky)
  • 1 lb Samplers priced at $26.99 (¼ lb of each flavor of beef jerky)
  • Buy 5 pounds or more and receive a FREE Jerky Jar.

Free shipping on orders over $40.00. A flat rate of $2.00 for shipping on orders under $40.00.

Sale starts at 8:00 AM eastern time Monday morning and runs till 9:00 PM eastern time.

Try "real wood smoked" jerky, instead of the liquid smoked stuff you find in stores! You won't believe how great it tastes!

The samplers make great stocking stuffers that everyone is sure to go crazy about. Give the gift of Crazy Good Jerky!!!

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

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.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

World Health Organization Incorrectly Demonizes Natural, Grassfed Beef Jerky

(Editor's note: the following is a letter to jerky lovers the worldwide from Lawless Jerky, a maker of 100% all grass fed, purely natural beef jerky, in response to the World Health Orgranization issuing a warning that processed meats cause cancer. Lawless Jerky is a top rated jerky brand here on Best Beef Jerky and has been outspoken on the healthful goodness of natural, grassfed beef...)

by Matthew Tolnick, Founder
Lawless Jerky (

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Earlier this week, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that processed meats cause cancer and that red meats may cause cancer. By captivating the public’s imagination with headlines worthy of a doomsday “meatpocalypse,” some media outlets have unfairly taken aim at the entire category of beef jerky as a “processed meat” potentially implicated by these findings. As detailed below, this is sloppy reporting which seeks to get a cheap rise out of the public by attacking a beloved morsel of Americana. In considering these findings, we must remember that not all beef jerkies and not all red meats are created equal; thus, not all beef jerkies and not all red meats should be implicated by the WHO findings.

As a disclaimer, I clearly have a horse – err cow? – in this race. Following a recall of Krave Jerky in 2014, in which cows with cancer were made into a purportedly gourmet jerky, I decided that my company, Lawless Jerky, would craft our jerky exclusively with 100% grass-fed beef. We take great effort and expense to produce truly premium jerky in gluten-free and all-natural flavors, and I resent our product being lumped together with old school “processed” jerkies that still add nitrites and preservatives. It is critical that we beef jerky lovers think a little bit more about what the WHO report said…and what it didn’t.

Even in the original IARC press release, which gave rise to the media’s feeding frenzy, Christopher Wild, Director of IARC, asked that people consider the positive nutritional value of red meat. In a same-day retort to the press release, “How bad is meat for me? Frankly, the experts don’t know,” health editor Sarah Boseley pointed to the misleading and hyperbolic notion that consuming processed meats and smoking cigarettes carry the same health risks, which leads us to stress that moderation is key and to caution against lumping all processed or red meats into a single category.

Unfortunately, the WHO report linked cancer to processed meats without going into detail about which specific part of the processing was found to be the cause of increased cancer rates. There is a significant difference between large-scale, conventional curing processes (which add sodium nitrites) and the processes used by more ingredient-conscious companies like Lawless Jerky. While the largest beef jerky processors still use nitrites and added preservatives, the undeniable trend in beef jerky is to move AWAY from the unnatural chemical additives commonly found in mass-produced sausage, ham, and bacon products.

Moreover, the report less conclusively suggested that red meats may cause cancer. By grouping all red meats into one category, the study fails to even consider differences in the ways in which animals are raised, an established and important difference between red meats. The old axiom “you are what you eat” is as true today as ever, and it equally applies to the animals that we eat and the foods that they consume.

For example, there are widely accepted and significant differences between grass-fed beef and “conventionally raised” beef. From a nutritional standpoint, the omega fatty acid ratios (good for the heart and brain) are far more ideal in 100% grass-fed beef than in grain-fed, factory-farmed beef (MayoClinic). Moreover, the amount of heart-healthy CLAs (conjugated linoleic acid; a type of fat believed to decrease the risk of heart disease and cancer) is greater in 100% grass-fed beef (MayoClinic). From an ethical standpoint, bovine left free to graze in pastures, eating the food nature intended for them, should be distinguished from the unnatural “conventionally raised” cows, which are plumped with a man-made diet of corn, soy, and antibiotics, which seek to combat illnesses associated with the horrid conditions found on factory farms. In sum, failing to distinguish how various red meats are raised is a critical misstep in the purported link of red meat to cancer.

For an increasing number of consumers, 100% grass-fed beef stands for better health, nutrition, ethics, and, ultimately, quality. Just this month, the cover story of Consumer Reports (which strongly recommends 100% grass-fed beef as being worth its premium price) showed another, less frequently discussed way that 100% grass-fed beef is different and better: 100% grass-fed cows are 3 times less likely to harbor superbugs, strains of multidrug-resistant bacteria.

The further our food gets away from how it evolved over time in nature (i.e. cows evolving as plant, not grain, eaters), and the more foreign substances that we introduce into our bodies (i.e. ingesting chemicals not found in nature), the more we run the risk of our bodies rejecting these choices (i.e. cancer). It is my hope that the millennial generation continues to champion the slow food movement and getting away from the “quantity over quality”, “convenience/cheapness over all else” mindset that has left so many children and adults victims of diabetes, heart disease, and other diseases of Western Civilization.

(Editor's note: Give Lawless Jerky a try, it's one of our favorites:

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Joe's Wicked Good Jerky - Peppered

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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 "Peppered" is described by the company as simply, "...sweet with a peppery taste..."

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Chudabeef Jerky Strips - Garliyaki

Chudabeef Jerky Strips is a brand launched by Kevin Casey based out of Long Beach, CA. The brand has been in business since 2014, and at the beginning of 2015 had just completed a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Kevin is an active hiker and had been making his own jerky for his trips through the wilderness. His friends loved it so much, they offered to pay him for some. That got him interested in starting his own jerky business.

Chudabeef currently comes in four flavors. We only have this Garliyaki for review. The company describes it as having, "...a perfect balance of sweet and savory teriyaki sauce with a hint of garlic kick to make your mouth water for another piece!"

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Boot Jack Jerky - Beef Sticks

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Boot Jack Jerky is a brand created by Tim Geyer and Wendy Geyer, based out of Ridgway, PA. Boot Jack Jerky has been selling online since 2012.

According to the company, Boot Jack Jerky is based on an old family recipe that was then improved based on feedback from American men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Geyers have set up a program called "Operation Get Jacked" where consumers can buy bags of Boot Jack Jerky for military personnel in Afghanistan, and have it air-dropped to US bases.

Boot Jack's beef sticks come in two flavors, "Mild" and "Spicy". Both are described as simply, "1.3 ounce stix, which is one third bigger than the competition at a better price. All Beef, no pork, no chicken, no fillers added".