The success of Pap's Beef Sticks spurred Rick into creating his own line of jerky. He offers seven flavors in all, two of which we have for review, including this Original and the Caliente.
Pap's beef snacks are available at convenience stores throughout Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and Indiana. You can also buy them from their website.
Beef, soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, vegetable glycerin, garlic, onion, pepper, spices.
The first thing I taste from the surface of these pieces is a well-seasoned, saucy flavor combination, mostly the soy sauce and worcestershire come in, but there's a salty, garlic, onion, peppery seasoning blend in there as well.
The chewing brings in a light natural meat flavor along with more definition from the soy sauce. I can also pick up a light bit of sweetness.
For being marketed as the company's Original flavor, it's actually very flavorful. Unlike most brands, who's standard/regular/basic jerky flavor tends to be simple, light, and bland, Pap's Beef Jerky comes right out and hits you with a complexity of flavors.
The flavor that seems to define this jerky most of all is the combination of soy sauce and worcestershire, with the soy sauce having a slight edge over the two. But the seasoning blend of salt, garlic, onion, and pepper play a significant role too. Finally, the natural meat flavors make a enough of contribution to add to the overall flavor.
The flavors all seem to contribute towards something like that of a grilled steak, marinated and seasoned, but not quite as bold enough to be described as "steakhouse". There's still a mild character to it, but I wouldn't call this jerky tame by any means.
There are bits of chopped garlic stuck to these pieces, and every once in awhile, my teeth bite down on one and sends a small burst of garlic flavor.
There's no heat to this, so, it's mild in that sense. The level of saltiness in this feels moderate.
These are slices of whole meat, sliced into medium sized slabs, and sliced medium thick.
This is a dry jerky with a mostly dry surface feel, though slightly moist. Biting off pieces seems easy to do, and chewing is overall easy, though slightly labored.
The chewing texture starts out with some initial chewing resistance, but easily chews down. It takes on a meaty feel immediately, and by the time its chewed down to a soft mass, it feels quite steak like.
I see a couple of small streaks of fat on one pieces, but no gristle. I encountered no stringiness or other unchewable tissues. It's all very meaty.
In terms of clean eating, it's mostly clean, aside from some bits of seasoning sticking to my fingers.
As of this writing, I don't have pricing info on this jerky, so I can't determine the Snack Value. But assuming it's priced similarly as the majority of brands out there, it should present a good value in terms of taste, consistency, and snackability.
This Original variety from Pap's Beef Jerky offers a complex flavor combination that bursts out with the first chew. I get a nice blend of soy sauce and worcestershire, along with seasonings of garlic, onion, and black pepper. In some sense, this is similar to eating marinated, seasoned, grilled steak that was dehydrated into jerky.
The chopped bits of garlic on the surface of these pieces is a real treat, sending out a burst of flavor when my teeth bit into one. The meat consistency and chewing texture seemed excellent, taking particular note that I found no stringiness or any unchewable tissues to speak of.
Considering this is marketed as the company's "Original" variety, it's quite packed with flavor, unlike how other brands use their Original recipes for something toned down and bland.
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