It's been nearly a year since I published my reviews of Crazy Horse Beef Jerky (Original, Sweet, and Cajun). And since that time, the owners of Crazy Horse have told me that sales have been great.
Along with that, customers have asked them to launch new flavors, and so towards that request, they've launched this new "Steak House" variety. Dave and Cara Wenrich, the owners of Crazy Horse, claim to love steak sauce and felt it would add a great flavor to their jerky.
Based in Hellam, PA, Dave started making this brand of jerky based on a old family recipe that he got from his father, who received the recipe from his father, who received it from his father...
The first thing I taste from the surface of these pieces is a strong smoky flavor, followed by a sweet, steak sauce flavor. There's also a light saltiness.
The chewing flavor starts with some noticeable tanginess, more like a vinegar tanginess, along with a natural meat flavor. The saltiness is slightly increased.
For being marketed as a "Steak House" variety of beef jerky, it seems to live up to the description. I do get a steak sauce flavor, which is how the company described this. The sauce flavor is almost similar to A1 Steak Sauce, though perhaps a little more tomatoey, and maybe a little more sweet.
It actually mixes well into the strong smoky flavor. And in fact, the smokiness is probably the more noticeable flavor.
The natural meat flavor is also well noticeable, and helps to create that overall "steak house" experience.
There's also a noticeable tanginess in the chewing that has a vinegar-like quality. It seems to liven up the chewing.
The level of saltiness in this feels to be light, or moderate at best.
Overall, what you're going to notice in this is a strong smoky flavor, with a well-noticeable natural meat flavor. The steak sauce is also well-noticeable, with a light sweetness, yet still allows the smokiness and meat flavors to take the spotlight. There's a tanginess in the chewing.
These are slices of whole meat, sliced into thick strips measuring four to six inches in length, and about one inch wide.
This is a semi-moist jerky with a moist surface feel due to the wet coating of steak sauce. There's some flexibility in these strips, but will eventually crack open. Biting off chunks seems easy to do, while chewing seems mostly easy.
The chewing texture starts out feeling tender and moist, and seems to break down easily enough. It chews down to a soft mass without too much effort and time, and by that point it actually feels more dry, but still very steak-like, more like one cooked well-done.
These strips also appear to be free of any fat, gristle or tendon. However in biting off chunks and chewing, I can feel a little stringiness, and a few times I encountered some wads of unchewable tissues.
In terms of clean eating, my fingers pick up a good deal of wet, sticky sauce, enough to require a licking and wiping on my jeans before touching the keyboard.
Crazy Horse Beef Jerky sells this Steak House variety at a price of $28.99 for one pound, and that price includes the shipping. That works out to $1.81 per ounce.
For general jerky snacking purposes, at the $1.81 per ounce price, it's a good value.
I'm getting a lot of snackability for an overall great flavor, good meat consistency, and good chewing texture. That price is comparable to what you'd pay at the grocery store for major brands of jerky, yet this offers far more snackability.
As a "Steak House" variety, at the same $1.81 per ounce price, it's also a good value. I'm getting a flavor that I do associate with eating a steak at a steak house, mostly for its steak sauce flavor and its strong smoky, natural meat flavor.
I'm giving this a best rating.
This Steak House variety from Crazy Horse Beef Jerky offers a well-noticed steak sauce flavor along with a strong smoky, natural meat flavor, that should give you a good feeling of chomping down a New York Strip slathered in steak sauce.
It's actually comparable to the company's Original variety I reviewed a year ago, with a similar smokiness, natural meat flavor, and even that tanginess in the chewing, but with the addition of steak sauce for an added flavor dimension.
Fairly easy to chew and eat with its soft, moist consistency, it seems to provide a good chewing experience to satisfy the discriminating meat snacker.
My recommended beer pairing for this, try a porter, such as the Anchor Porter or Stone Smoked Porter. The darker roasted malt should compliment the stronger smoky, meat flavor well.
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