Thursday, December 18, 2014

Van Cleave Dry Goods - Steak Strips

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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, "Steak Strips", and "Nuggets". Each type comes in four flavors. Only one of their flavors, "G-Dub" is made with MSG, because according to Adam, it was his first flavor, and is the one that all his friends loved. Another flavor, "T-Bucket" is the only one that is real-wood smoked.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Dusty's Real Beef Jerky - Hand Trimmed

dustys beef jerky
Dusty's Real Beef Jerky is a brand owned by R&K Snacks out of Oklahoma City, OK. R&K Snacks is a jerky distributor that's been around for 23 years now, and is one of the largest beef jerky distributors in the State of Oklahoma, representing 24 different brands.

Dusty's Real Beef Jerky is the house brand of R&K Snacks. Dusty's is made using R&K's own original recipes in a USDA inspected facility. It's offered in five flavors and comes in four styles, Hand Trimmed, Ripple Cut, Steak Chunk, and Jerky Strips.

The Hand Trimmed jerky reviewed here is a slab-style, but is not specifically marked as "Hand Trimmed". I only have three of the five flavors, Original, Hickory, and Hot.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Double Deluxx Jerky

double deluxx jerky
Double Deluxx is a brand of beef jerky owned by Double Deluxx, LLC based out of Phoenix, AZ. The company was launched just this year, formed by Mark Mall.

Double Deluxx Jerky claims to use grass fed beef, using all natural ingredients, with no MSG, no sodium nitrite, and no refined sugars. The brand currently offers five flavors, Original, Garlic, Honey Mesquite BBQ, Hickory Cracked Black Pepper, and Green Chili Carne Asada.

The company sells its Double Deluxx jerky online and at Flagstaff Farmers Market.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Chef Craig's Beef Jerky - Original

chef craigs jerky
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.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Duke's Smoked Meats Holiday Bundles Starts Today

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Duke's Smoked Meats, famous for its beef jerky and their line of "Shorty Sausages", has Holiday Bundles that goes on sale today.

Think "meat" this Christmas, and consider a Holiday Bundle for the meat snacker in your life...

Small-Batch Season Sampler (4-pack): $26.99

  • (1) Bag Bourbon Glaze Steak Strips
  • (1) Bag Spicy Bar-B-Q Brisket Strips
  • (1) Bag Chile ‘n Lime Steak Strips
  • (1) Bag Sweet Bar-B-Q Braised Pork Strips
  • (1) Duke’s Small Batch Smoked Meats Hat

Small-Batch Season Sampler (8-pack): $48.99

  • (1) Bag Bourbon Glaze Steak Strips
  • (1) Bag Spicy Bar-B-Q Brisket Strips
  • (1) Bag Chile ‘n Lime Steak Strips
  • (1) Bag Sweet Bar-B-Q Braised Pork Strips
  • (1) Bag Original Angus Beef Jerky
  • (1) Bag Island Teriyaki Beef Jerky
  • (1) Bag Cracked Pepper Beef Jerky
  • (1) Bag Hot ‘n Spicy Smoked Shorties
  • (1) Duke’s Small Batch Smoked Meats Hat

Duke's Holiday Bundles are available thru December 19th.

Buy online at:

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Black Friday & Cyber Monday at Pap's Beef Jerky

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Looking for that special gift for the carnivore in your life?

For the holidays Pap’s is offering a Black Friday Special and a Cyber Monday Special to kick off this holiday season. You will find several gift ideas that include FREE beef jerky or beef sticks with each order.

During the season of giving, don’t forget your little four legged buddy, Pap’s has even put together a K9 beef jerky bundle just for them!

Check out the good stuff here:

Friday, November 21, 2014

Ria's RoadKill Jerky - Chipotle

ria's roadkill jerky
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.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Cyber Monday Sale: Crazy Horse Jerky

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The Best time of the year has arrived. Well, one of the best. Crazy Horse Jerky would like to invite all of its customers to join them in this year’s Cyber Monday Sale. It falls on Monday, December 1st.

All pounds of jerky will be on sale for $25.99. This is best price of the year and just in time for the holidays. Stock up on all your favorite flavors. Remember it is Free Shipping on orders over $40.00 and a flat fee of $2.00 for shipping on orders under $40.00. First time buyers join in and get Crazy Good Jerky at a Crazy Good Price.

The sale runs from 8:00 AM till 8:00 PM. The sale is on all full pounds of Beef and Chicken jerky flavors. Make sure to try our newest flavor Mesquite BBQ Chicken, rated 5 Stars by Best Beef Jerky.

Beef jerky makes for a wonderful gift everyone is sure to love. Thank you to all those that have supported our business we truly appreciate it.

Order now:

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Bad Bud's Jerky - Hotternhail REAPER

bad buds jerky
The newest flavor from Bad Buds Jerky is this "Hotternhail REAPER" 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 Hotternhail REAPER is described as being made from Carolina Reaper Peppers, which now holds the Guinness Book of World Records as the hottest pepper on the planet, reaching as high as 2.2 million Scoville Units.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Fusion Jerky - Pork

fusion jerky
Fusion Jerky is a new brand of jerky that has managed to get a lot notice from other big brands in the jerky business. Based out of South San Francisco, CA it's the creation of KaiYen Mai, a mother of two and avid outdoorswoman, who wanted to focus on Asian-style jerky.

"In my home country of Taiwan, jerky is a celebrated delicacy, akin to a fine wine", Mai says in her marketing materials. Fusion Jerky offers beef, turkey, chicken, and pork styles encompassing eight flavors. It's made using US raised animals at their ranch in Scottsbluff, NE. It's marketed as gluten-free, all natural, preservative free, and nitrate free.

These pork jerky varieties are made at the company's own USDA-inspected facility in Scottsbluff, NE.