House of Jerky has gained a place among my short list of favorite jerky brands by focusing on jerky with tons of flavor, using all natural ingredients, and being easy to eat.
Since peppered beef jerky is one of my favorite varieties, I was very curious to see how well the "House" could do up this tried and true jerky style.
The company is operated by a husband and wife team, and sells its jerky online as well as through independent shop owners across the country.
Beef (top round), soy sauce, water, pineapple juice, liquid smoke, black pepper, garlic powder.
After eating a few pieces, this basically tastes very similar to the Natural Style, but with more black pepper taste. It should, since the ingredients are nearly the same.
The first thing I taste is the soy sauce, some salt, some smokiness, and plenty of black pepper. I can chew up a piece, and suck out more strong flavors throughout, as I keep on chewing. There's a lot of flavor packed in these pieces.
There is also some good natural meat flavors in here too. Being that House of Jerky does not use preservatives, I always wonder if the meat will taste stale, but this does not. The vacuum-sealed package, keeps it fresh.
Overall, this has a great taste, predominantly defined by the soy sauce, black pepper, and natural meat flavors.
These are real cuts of meat, sliced thin to medium, and in large, medium, and small pieces.
These pieces are dry, but not tough. They tear apart fairly easily, and chew easily.
The review sample I have contains very lean pieces, with the exception of one small piece which had quite a bit of fat, including a strip of chewy gristle. Otherwise the other pieces offered a great beef jerky experience.
House of Jerky sells this variety from its website at a price of $10.50 for a 4oz package, that works out to $2.63 per ounce. That price also includes the shipping.
For general jerky snacking purposes, at the $2.63 price per ounce, this jerky seems to provide a good value. I'm getting a good deal of snackability for its great overall flavor, good chewing texture and good meat consistency. That price is considerably higher than what you'd pay for major brands at the grocery store, but it provides a better flavor and consistency.
As a peppered beef jerky, it's a decent value. I'm getting a fair amount of black pepper flavor, enough to enjoy but not too strong.
I'm giving this one a "best" rating.
It's largely the same jerky as the Natural Style that I reviewed earlier, with the same taste, but the exception that this offers more black pepper seasoning. For the most part it wasn't that hard for me to review.
I found it very snackable, always wanting more, and found this soaking in flavor, and offering some good natural meat flavors. It's also easy to tear apart and chew.
For my recommended beer pairing, the roasted malt flavor of a brown ale would work well with the natural meat flavors of this jerky, and the light body would work well against the sharp bite of the pepper. Try the Newcastle Brown Ale, or the Moose Drool Brown Ale.
Note: originally reviewed June 12, 2008
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