Friday, November 30, 2012

House of Jerky - Teriyaki Brisket Jerky

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Next in the series on House of Jerky's new line of brisket jerky is this Teriyaki variety. See last week's review of their Sweet & Spicy.

Jerky made from beef brisket tends to be more moist and tender, which seems to satisfy a growing demand for soft, easier jerky chewing. The moist consistency also allows the seasonings and marinade to blend together more fully.

This Teriyaki variety has a slightly different recipe than House of Jerky's top round Teriyaki, namely the inclusion of worcestershire sauce.


Ingredients

Beef brisket, teriyaki sauce, brown sugar, honey, pineapple juice, water, liquid smoke, garlic, onion, worcestershire sauce, black pepper.

Taste

The first thing I taste from the surface of these pieces is a heavy sweetness. A few seconds later, a light saltiness comes in, remotely resembling teriyaki.

The chewing brings in a more defined teriyaki, and faint touch of the pineapple juice. There's also faint bits of garlic and onion seasoning.

For being marketed as a Teriyaki brisket jerky, it seems to live up to that description. I do taste a teriyaki sauce, and it seems to reflect a similar teriyaki flavor that I find in Japanese restaurants. It's more than just sweetened soy sauce, but has that fermented, slightly tangy character created by the mirin wine. I don't however, pick up any of the ginger that I found my original review of the company's top round Teriyaki, though the garlic and onion tends to pick up as a substitute.

Otherwise, the flavors that seem to define this jerky overall is the teriyaki sauce, with its heavy sweetness. There's a touches of garlic and onion noticeable, and even faint bits of pineapple juice if you look hard enough.

There's also light amounts of natural meat flavor, and they seem to be just a little more pronounced than with House of Jerky's Sweet & Spicy brisket jerky.

I'm not picking up any of the black pepper that I was able to pick up in the top round variety.

The level of saltiness in this feels light.

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.



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 decent value. I'm getting a good flavor, great meat consistency and good chewing texture. It's actually has a better consistency and chewing than most other brands of brisket jerky, while being priced similarly or a little more.

As a Teriyaki jerky, at the same $2.43 per ounce price, it's a fair value. I'm getting a flavor that resembles the kind of teriyaki you might expect from a Japanese restaurant, having that tangy, fermented flavor from the mirin wine, though without the pungent ginger.

Rating

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I'm giving this a good rating.

This Teriyaki brisket jerky from House of Jerky seems offers up a tasty teriyaki flavor, going beyond the sweetened soy sauce flavor that many other brands settle for, and giving you something closer to authentic teriyaki. I also found a little more natural meat flavor in this compared to HOJ's Sweet & Spicy brisket.

This also does a great job as a brisket jerky, offering the soft, moist chewing that one expects to get, but also goes above beyond by eliminating the stringiness that most other brisket jerky brands tend to have.

In comparison to House of Jerky's top round Teriyaki that I reviewed long ago, this brisket variety is not as well-rounded in flavor. It doesn't have the ginger ingredient which is one of the four primary components of teriyaki, and doesn't have much of the black pepper either. It's mostly the teriyaki sauce that flavors this jerky.

Rating: Good

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