Next in the series on Jerky Hut are these Golden Nuggets. See my previous review of their Cowboy Beef Jerky.
Jerky Hut is a brand of Jerky Hut International, Inc., based out of Hubbard, OR. The brand which is often seen at boat shows, gun shows, car shows, and trade shows of every kind, was started over 30 years ago by Steve Risch. The company makes jerky from its own USDA inspected facility under its parent company, Saddle Mountain Meats.
The company makes a long line of jerky flavors, beef sticks and sausages. These Golden Nuggets is the brand's signature product, sweetened with brown sugar and described as tasting like barbecue ribs. This sample was provided to me for review by one of their licensees, YummyJerky.
Beef, brown sugar, water, seasonings (salt, sugar, brown sugar, maple sugar), liquid smoke flavoring, garlic powder, monosodium glutamate, black pepper, sodium nitrite.
The first thing I taste from the surface of these pieces is a heavy sweetness, followed quickly by a smokiness. There's some oily flavor, and a touch of saltiness too.
The chewing flavor starts with a little bit more sweetness and a light natural meat flavor. The smokiness continues on into the chewing.
Considering the company describes these Golden Nuggets as having a flavor comparable to barbecue ribs, I tend to agree, but more like pork ribs. But that barbecue flavor has no spiciness to it, it's mostly a thick sweetness and a noticeable smokiness.
And that thick sweetness and noticeable smokiness is largely the flavor that represents this jerky the most. There's a light natural meat flavor and some of that oiliness that gives this jerky just enough additional flavor to help create that barbecue rib flavor.
The level of saltiness in this tastes light.
I don't really taste the garlic or black pepper listed in the ingredients.
Overall, this is a simple tasting jerky, relying mostly on a duo of thick sweet and a moderate smokiness. You'll pick up a light natural meat flavor, along with some oily flavor, and that's about it.
These are slices of whole meat, sliced thick and in strips of varying between three to six inches.
This is a dry jerky but with a very sticky and oily surface feel. They have a lot of flexibility being able to bend all the way back on themselves with little cracking. Biting chucks from these strips seems mostly easy, maybe a little bit of effort. They present some chewiness, a little labored chewing, but not too bad.
The chewing texture starts out feeling stiff with some initial chewing resistance. But they seem to break down with some chewing effort and then quickly chew down to a soft mass. At that point, it has a steak-like chewing texture, but a touch on the crumbly side.
I do see small streaks of fat on some pieces, including a long streak of gristle running down another piece. There's just a little bit of stringiness. Aside from that one streak of gristle, there isn't any unchewable tissues in this, and feels pretty meaty.
As for clean eating, it's not. My fingers pick up copius amounts of stickiness and oiliness, requiring a finger licking and wiping before touching my keyboard.
YummyJerky sells these Golden Nuggets from its website at a price of $10.00 for a 4oz package. If you bought four packages, shipping to Southern California would be $6.95, totalling $46.95. That works out to a price of $2.93 per ounce.
For general jerky snacking purposes, at the $2.93 per ounce price, it seems to be a fair value. I'm getting a decent snackability mostly for its meaty, steak-like chewing, and somewhat easy eating, despite a simple, mild flavor. Compared to major brands of jerky found in grocery stores, it's priced a lot higher though produces a comparable snackability.
I'm giving this an average rating.
These Golden Nuggets from Jerky Hut offer a very mild flavor, mostly a combination of thick sweetness with a moderate smokiness, and that's largely it. There is a light natural meat flavor, and some oily flavor, and a very light saltiness.
The meaty, steak-like chewing texture is probably where much of this jerky's snackability comes from. Chewing these pieces do require a little bit of effort initially, but once you get it to break down it gets a lot easier.
And as the company says, this actually does resemble the flavor and experience of eating barbecue ribs, but without the bones. But it's a barbecue flavor without any spiciness. If you're someone who doesn't like spiciness, then this ought to be a good choice for you. For me, it feels out of balance not having enough peppery or spicy flavor to contrast the thick sweetness.
My recommended beer pairing for this, go with a standard IPA, where the stronger hops and lighter body should provide a good contrast to the sweetness and smokiness. Go with the Stone IPA or the Sierra Nevada Torpedo.
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