Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Stubby's Jerky - BBQ Pork Jerky

stubbys jerkyStubby's Jerky Smokehouse & Specialty Meats is based out of Vicksburg, MI. It's a family-run smokehouse producing smoked meats and cheeses covering the greater Kalamazoo and Battle Creek areas of Michigan.

The business was started back in 2005 but the family has been making jerky for the past twenty years perfecting the craft of smoked meats.

This package of BBQ Pork Jerky was actually sent to me by Vicksburg General Store, an online retailer focusing on products made locally in the town of Vicksburg.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Jerky Hut - Golden Nuggets Beef Jerky

jerky hutNext 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.

Friday, January 21, 2011

People's Choice Beef Jerky - Original

peoples choice beef jerkyPeople's Choice Beef Jerky is a brand of Peoples Sausage Company, Inc. based out of Los Angeles, CA. It's a family-run business that's been around since 1929 originally focusing on sausage, and then moving into restaurant distribution. It wasn't until recent years when the founder's grandson took over the business and branched into beef jerky.

Recently the company adopted new packaging and new brand imaging, and submitted this Original flavor as well as their Teriyaki for review. I had previously reviewed their Hot & Spicy and their Natural Angus Teriyaki.

They're also launching new 100% all beef sticks.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Mike's Jerky - Black Pepper

mikes jerkyMike's Jerky is a brand of Old World Beef Company based out of Albuquerque, NM. The company was started by Mike and Brenda Grier in 2008.

The couple had been making jerky for many years and were always told that they ought to go into business selling it, except they were already busy running an RV dealership. But when the bad economy hit, their dealership went out of business, and that cleared the way for them to start Old World Beef Company.

The company offers 16 different jerky flavors in all. I have 8 of them to review over the next couple of months. All of their jerky is thin-sliced, and dry.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Mike's Country Meats - Hot Jamaican Style

mikes country meatsLast in the series on Mike's Country Meats is this "Hot Jamaican Style" beef jerky. See my previous reviews of their Regular and Peppered varieties.

Mike's Country Meats, LLC is a state-inspected beef jerky manufacturer based in Campbellsport, WI. The company has been making jerky since 2002.

It's actually been in operation since 1984 as Mike's Wild Game Processing serving local deer hunters. Slowly over the years business expanded and by 1998 they had constructed a larger facility. In 2002 they opened up their own store selling fresh cuts of meat and sausage, as well as beef jerky. The jerky business took off quickly and soon became the company's primary focus.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Jim's Jerky - Garlic

jims jerkyJim's Jerky is a brand of Temba Meats based out of Charlton, Queensland, Australia. Read my previous review of their biltong.

The company is run by Jim and Cathie Tanner who bought the meat processor in 2004. Temba Meats is what produces Jim's Biltong and Jim's Jerky. Temba Meats was previously operated by a South African couple who made biltong and jerky in small quantities.

Beef jerky is still somewhat new in places like Australia, South Africa, and England, who've been more accustomed to Biltong, a similar meat snack with a clearly different flavor and texture. Where biltong tends to spoil more quickly, jerky tends to remain shelf-stable for much longer periods, making it more conducive to the retail market.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Sturgis Beef Jerky - Teriyaki

sturgis beef jerkyLast in the series on Sturgis Beef Jerky is this Teriyaki variety. See my previous reviews of their Original and Peppered varieties.

Sturgis Beef Jerky is a brand of G&G Enterprises, Inc. based out of Sturgis, SD. The company original started in 1964 by the Gap family and over the years grew their brand by selling to local residents, ranchers, and many bikers who attend the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. They credit their loyal fans for helping them refine their recipe into what they currently sell today.

In 2002 they incorporated into G&G Enterprises, Inc. and now manufacture jerky in their own USDA inspected facility.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Lando's Jerky - Sweet & Spicy

landos jerkyNext in the series on Lando's Jerky is this Sweet & Spicy variety. See my previous reviews of their Hickory, Garlic Pepper, and Inferno varieties.

Lando's Jerky is run by Alex Landers of Chicago, IL, who's been making jerky for years and started selling it to his co-workers. Since then he's set up an eBay store to sell his jerky to the public, and now has launched his own website.

All of his jerky is made fresh to order using USDA choice grade angus from his local meat market, marinates for 24 hours, and then finally slow-cooks and smokes it for 6 hours.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Papa Dan's Beef Jerky - Teriyaki

papa dans beef jerkyNext in the series on Papa Dan's Beef Jerky is this Teriyaki variety. See my previous reviews of their Carne Asada, Ring of Fire, Old Fashioned, Sweet N' Hot, and Real Backyard BBQ varieties.

Papa Dan's is a brand of Batistelli Foods, based in Fullerton, CA. The brand was started by David Batistelli along with his father in 1988. At one time Papa Dan's was manufactured in its own USDA facility, but is now produced by Monrovia, CA-based TM Jerky & Processing, which coincidentally now owns Papa Dan's old manufacturing facility.

This Teriyaki variety is actually the last of the varieties I have to review for Papa Dan's, unless they sent me more flavors. They actually have more flavors that I haven't reviewed.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Jerky Hut - Cowboy Beef Jerky

Jerky HutJerky 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.

Much of its jerky is sold through independent "retail licensees", who are the folks running the booths at the shows. Jerky Hut jerky is manufactured by Saddle Mountain Meats, LLC, based in the same town. It's actually the parent company of Jerky Hut.

The company makes a long line of jerky flavors, beef sticks and sausages. This Cowboy Beef Jerky seems to be the closest thing to Jerky Hut's regular variety. It was provided to me for review by one of their licensees, YummyJerky.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Wilderville's Country Beef Jerky - Red Pepper

wildervilles beef jerkyLast in the series on Wilderville's Country Beef Jerky is this Red Pepper variety. See my previous reviews of their Original, Black Pepper, Teriyaki, and Black Pepper Teriyaki varieties.

Wilderville's Country Beef Jerky is a small, USDA inspected meat processor based in Grants Pass, OR.

The company was started by Jim and Sally Lawson in August 2008 with the goal of making beef jerky that tastes great and is not hard to chew. Launching the new business allowed Jim to come off the road from long haul trucking after more than 30 years. The Lawsons sell their beef jerky at farmers markets and from their website.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Snow's Beef Jerky - Hot

Snows Beef JerkyLast in the series on Snow's Beef Jerky is this Hot variety. See my previous review of their Regular variety.

Snow's Beef Jerky is based in Peru, IN, ran by a guy named Lane Shelton who's been making it under this brand for the past 15 years.

They offer four flavors as of this writing, but have plans to introduce several others soon, including many other varieties of hot. I only have their Regular and this Hot variety.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Mike's Country Meats - Pepper Style

mikes country meatsNext in the series on Mike's Coutry Meats is this Pepper Style. See my previous review of their Regular Beef Jerky.

Mike's Country Meats, LLC is a state-inspected beef jerky manufacturer based in Campbellsport, WI. The company has been making jerky since 2002.

It's actually been in operation since 1984 as Mike's Wild Game Processing serving local deer hunters. Slowly over the years business expanded and by 1998 they had constructed a larger facility. In 2002 they opened up their own store selling fresh cuts of meat and sausage, as well as beef jerky. The jerky business took off quickly and soon became the company's primary focus.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Sturgis Beef Jerky - Peppered

Sturgis Beef JerkyNext up in the series on Sturgis Beef Jerky is this Peppered variety. See my previous review of their Original variety.

Sturgis Beef Jerky is a brand of G&G Enterprises, Inc. based out of Sturgis, SD. The company original started in 1964 by the Gap family and over the years grew their brand by selling to local residents, ranchers, and many bikers who attend the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. They credit their loyal fans for helping them refine their recipe into what they currently sell today.

In 2002 they incorporated into G&G Enterprises, Inc. and now manufacture jerky in their own USDA inspected facility.