Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Lawless Jerky’s Executive Team Takes on the “A Jerky A Day” Diet

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Matt Tolnick in the baseball cap
To celebrate the one year anniversary of Lawless Jerky, Lawless Jerky's executives Matt Tolnick (Founder and CEO) and Jason Vegotsky (Partner and Director of Sales) will be replacing one meal per day for the next month with a 3-ounce bag of Lawless Jerky.

Beyond it being swimsuit season, they have committed themselves to this diet to show how all-natural, grass-fed beef jerky can be an important part of a sensible diet. Tolnick, who weighs in at 5'11" 190lb., will be walking 2 miles per day as part of his diet. Vegotsky, a former D-1 college basketball player measuring 6'3" 200lb., will be attending CrossFit class every other day.

Chef Craig's Beef Jerky - Original

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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.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bad Buds Jerky - Chipotle

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The newest flavor from Bad Buds Bull Jerky is this Chipotle Beef Jerky.

Bad Buds Jerky is a brand run by Buddy Stone out of Hogansville, GA. Bad Buds has been in business since 2005. In addition to jerky, the brand also markets its own line of hot sauces.

This new Chipotle variety is described as being made from chipotle peppers and rice wine vinegar. It brings the total number of jerky varieties offered by Bad Buds to six.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Krave Jerky - Sweet Chipotle

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Next in our series on Krave Jerky is this Sweet Chipotle beef jerky. See our other reviews of Krave Jerky.

Krave Beef Jerky is a brand owned by Krave Pure Foods, Inc. based out of Sonoma, CA. It started in 2011 by Jon Sebastiani, who got started in the food business working on his family's winery in Sonoma.

This Sweet Chipotle beef jerky is described by the company's as being, "Made from authentic Mexican chipotle", and "...brings together natural smokiness, a sensation of moderate heat, and a hint of honey to create the perfect balance of sweet and smoky."

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Chef Craig's Beef Jerky - Black Thai

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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."

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Snatch Beef Jerky - Whiskey Row

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Snatch Jerky is a new brand of jerky based out of Show Low, AZ. It was started in February 2013 by a guy named Ron Pro.

Snatch markets itself with the tagline "The Healthy Beef Jerky" because it uses only natural ingredients, no MSG, no nitrates, and no preservatives. They also claim their jerky to be low sodium with varieties ranging from 50mg per serving up to 270mg per serving.

This "Whiskey Row" is described by the company's as, "...actual premium whiskey in the marinade, not just a whiskey flavoring. We use only the best quality whiskey on the market. Mixed with a combination of spices and seasonings you will fall in love with this flavor of beef jerky if your a whiskey lover." With only 50 mg. of sodium per serving, it's one of the lowest sodium jerky varieties we've reviewed.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Jeff's Famous Jerky - Maple Brown Sugar Bacon

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The guys at Jeff's Famous Jerky sent us packages of their Maple Brown Sugar Bacon Jerky for review. Read our previous reviews of Jeff's Famous Jerky.

Jeff's Famous Jerky officially opened for business in 2010 and is owned and operated by Jeff's Famous Foods, Inc., led by founder Jeff Richards and CFO Mike Aggarwal, out of Mission Viejo, CA. The company offers ten flavors of jerky, all hormone-free, American beef (or bacon), without added MSG or preservatives.

This Maple Brown Sugar Bacon Jerky is the company's flagship flavor in their bacon jerky line, and according to the is, "...perfectly perfectly highlighted with a light Maple Brown Sugar flavor that is sure to delight anyone who loves bacon." They go on to say that they use 100% real maple syrup.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Divine Bovine - Hot & Tangy Teriyaki

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Next up in our series on Divine Bovine is this Hot & Tangy Teriyaki. See our other reviews of Divine Bovine.

Divine Bovine's beef jerky is based on beef brisket, which it claims to be more tender and sweet. The company describes it's story as beginning in Southern Italy when a butcher named "Pops" discovered a great recipe and cut of meat for jerky, who eventually handed it down to his grandson, who started the Divine Bovine brand.

This Hot & Tangy Teriyaki flavor is marketed as being "Gluten Free", and is described by the company as "..drenched in a mild blend of savory spices and "Pops" unique recipe, a wild fiery hot and sultry flavor combining the sweetness of pineapple juice with the fire of chili peppers."

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Pap's Beef Jerky - Bayou Blitz Cajun

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The newest flavors in the line of Pap's Beef Jerky is this Bayou Blitz Cajun Style jerk.

Pap's Beef Jerky is a new product from Pap's Genuine Beef Sticks, which we reviewed previously. Pap's is a creation of Rick Waldon, based out of Junction City, KY.

This Bayou Blitz Cajun Style is described as "Traditional cajun spices of garlic, onion, pepper, and spices are liberally applied to elevate the natural meat flavors of beef and create a savory beefy compliment to our in the Cajun nation."

Friday, March 14, 2014

Crazy Horse Beef Jerky - Original

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

Wenrich says he comes from a long line of farmers in Berks County, PA where they smoked their own meat. So using the family recipe he tried out some jerky and thought it was pretty good. And after receiving positive feedback from friends, he's been selling it directly through an eBay store and in some local shops around town.

Dave smokes all of his jerky from USDA certified bottom round in a homemade smoke house using maple, oak, and fruit woods.