Saturday, June 8, 2013

House of Jerky - Sweet & Spicy Brisket Jerky

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House of Jerky, which we've reviewed extensively, has a new line of jerky made from beef brisket. Their other beef jerky products are made from top round.

Brisket comes from the lower chest of cattle and is famous in barbecues and roasts. In the past decade it has found its way into jerky after meat snackers expressed a demand for for moist, tender jerky.

House of Jerky offers two varieties of brisket jerky, this Sweet & Spicy, and a Teriyaki.


Ingredients

Beef brisket, water, brown sugar, honey, seasonings (salt, sugar, garlic, black pepper), soy sauce, pineapple juice, cayenne pepper, tabasco sauce, black pepper, liquid smoke, garlic powder, white pepper.

Taste

The first thing I taste from the surface of these pieces is a heavy sweetness with a light bit of soy sauce mixed in. There's a faint bit of spiciness.

The chewing flavor starts with an increased spiciness along with a burst of seasonings, more recognizable from the Tabasco Sauce. The black pepper and white pepper flavors are also lightly noticeable.

For being labeled, "Sweet & Spicy", it seems to live up to that billing quite well. I'm getting a good dose of sweet as well as a good deal of spiciness. That spiciness is not so much as heat, but as a complex blend of seasonings. Garlic, black pepper, Tabasco Sauce with its vinegar and cayenne, all blend to create a lot of bold, zesty flavor.

But this still generates some heat, just not a lot. On my personal heat scale, I'd rank this as mild-medium (level 2 out of 5).

The flavors that seem to define this jerky most of all is that heavy sweetness and the seasoning blend. There's a light touch of soy sauce noticeable, along with a light bit of the Tabasco Sauce.

There's a light bit of the natural meat flavors coming through in this, but not quite as pronounced with House Of Jerky's top round beef jerky, which I find consistent with many other brisket jerky brands.

The level of saltiness in this feels moderate.

Overall, this Sweet & Spicy brisket jerky tastes very similar to House of Jerky's top round Sweet & Spicy. I think you'll find this having a more coalesced flavor due to the increased moisture, but a lighter natural meat flavor.

Meat Consistency

These appear to be slices of whole meat, sliced into strips, and sliced medium thickness.

This is a semi-moist jerky with a moist, sticky surface feel. The strips are very flexible, and quite easy to chew.

The chewing texture starts out feeling tender, offering no resistance. It breaks apart right away and chews down to a soft mass easily. The whole time it takes on a meaty feel, though very soft. Once chewed down all the way, it feels like very soft steak.

I see only a few small bits of fat on these strips, and no gristle or tendon. Unlike other brands of brisket jerky, I didn't feel anything stringy nor any unchewable wads of tissue.

As for clean eating, there's plenty of stickiness on my fingers, requiring a licking and wiping before touching anything else.

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sweet and spicy brisket jerky

Snack Value

House of Jerky sells this Sweet & Spicy Brisket Jerky from its website at a price of $34.00 for a 14oz package. Shipping is free. That works out to a price of $2.43 per ounce.

For general jerky snacking purposes at the $2.43 per ounce price, it's a good value. I'm getting a lot of good flavor, great meat consistency and good chewing texture. It's a actually better flavor, consistency and chewing than most other brands of brisket jerky, while being priced similarly or a little more.

As a Sweet & Spicy jerky, at the same $2.43 per ounce price, it's also a good value. I'm getting a lot of sweetness and a good deal of spiciness, mostly as a bold seasoning blend with a light bit of heat.

Rating

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I'm giving this a best rating.

This Sweet & Spicy brisket jerky from House of Jerky generates a lot of flavor with a moist, tender chewing that manages to chew like real steak, but more soft. At first you get hit with a lot of honey and brown sugar at first, but when you start chewing the blend of garlic, black pepper, white pepper, cayenne pepper, soy sauce, and Tabasco comes out and creates a lot of interest.

It seems to live up to its namesake with a strong dose of sweet and a balance of spiciness between a bold seasoning blend and a light-to-moderate heat.

It's actually very much the same flavor I got with House of Jerky's top round Sweet & Spicy, but the individual ingredients tend to coalesce and blend together more in this, while the natural meat flavors seem less noticeable.

But unlike other brands of brisket jerky, this one from House of Jerky doesn't have all the stringiness, which seems to increase the snackability and improve the chewing.

Rating: Best

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