Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Jerky Hut - Hot Teriyaki Beef Jerky

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Next in the series on Jerky Hut this is Hot Teriyaki Beef Jerky. See my previous reviews of their other flavors here.

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.

This Hot Teriyaki is also dubbed, "Mooie Looie", and according to the company, is made from prime cut, thick slices of beef, seasoned with a touch of crushed red chilies and Chinese Hot Mustard. This sample was provided to me for review by one of their licensees, YummyJerky.

Ingredients

Beef, brown sugar, water, teriyaki sauce, teriyaki seasoning, onion, garlic, dextrose, sodium erythorbate, sunflower oil, disodium inosinate, corn syrup solids, mustard powder, crushed chili peppers, garlic powder, black pepper, sodium nitrite.

Taste

The first thing I taste from the surface of these pieces is a moderate sweetness and light saltiness. There's perhaps a faint hint of teriyaki, and a little bit of heat building up.

The chewing flavor starts with much of the same, with the teriyaki being just a bit more defined. The heat builds up a little more, and I can also detect a light touch of chile pepper flavor.

For being labeled, "Hot Teriyaki", it seems to hold up. I wouldn't consider this hot by any means, but I does generate enough heat to register with me. I'd rank the heat as "mild medium" on my personal heat scale (level 2 out of 5). As for the teriyaki part, it generates a light flavor, more sweet than anything else, but still seems to evoke a sense of the famous Japanese grilling sauce. I don't pick up any pungent contrast, and not much of the tangy wine/vinegar ingredient. But overall, it seems to squeak by as hot teriyaki.

The flavors that seem to define this jerky overall is primarily the well-noticeable sweetness, colored by the light teriyaki flavor. There's a touch of chile pepper flavor wafting in the background, and a light saltiness.

I don't pick up any natural meat flavors.

With respect to the "Chinese hot mustard" labeling on the package, I couldn't detect any of it.

Meat Consistency

This appears to be slices of whole meat, sliced into strips of 3 to 4 inches in length, and sliced thick.

This is a dry jerky with a sticky, moist surface feel. The strips have some flexibility but will easily crack apart. Biting off pieces seems easy to do, and chewing is mostly easy.

The chewing texture starts out with little to no resistance, breaking down into a soft mass quite easily. It doesn't quite chew like real meat, however. There's perhaps a little bit of a meaty chew, but mostly it wants to crumble apart with some gumminess from the heavy sweet coating.

I don't see much of any fat on these strips nor any gristle. I didn't encounter any stringiness or other unchewable tissues.

It's not clean eating either. The sticky, sweet coating on these strips required me to lick and wipe my fingers before touching the keyboard.

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Snack Value

YummyJerky sells this Hot Teriyaki Beef Jerky from its website at a price of $21.00 for a one pound package. Add to that shipping costs of $6.95, and it comes to a price of $1.75 per ounce.

For general jerky snacking purposes, at the $1.75 per ounce price, it's a decent value. I'm getting a satisfactory flavor overall, with a good meat consistency, though a subpar chewing texture. But it's priced slightly less than what you'd pay for major brands of jerky in stores, and seems to offer a similar snackability.

As a Hot Teriyaki beef jerky, at the same $1.75 per ounce price, it's a fair value. It's not really hot, though it does generate a little bit of heat, and it doesn't really belt out a strong, well-defined, teriyaki flavor.

Rating

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I'm giving this an average rating.

This Hot Teriyaki Beef Jerky from Jerky Hut delivers a low level of heat with a mostly mild teriyaki sauce flavor. Beyond that, it gives off a light chile pepper flavor, and that seems to complete the overall flavor profile. It doesn't really go out of its way to generate an eye-popping, mouth-watering, jerky experience. It's as if it does a half-baked job of meeting its advertised flavor, and then nothing more.

The meat consistency seems good in that these strips appear to be all meat, but it tended to chew somewhat crumbly, and a little gummy with the copious amounts of sweet. In comparison to other brands of teriyaki jerky I've reviewed, it seems mostly unremarkable.

My recommended beer pairing for this, try a standard IPA, such as the Stone IPA or the Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA.

Rating: Average

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