Monday, June 24, 2013

Jimmy's Sticky Jerky - Turkey Heat

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Continuing in the new line of turkey meat snacks from Jimmy's Sticky Jerky is this Sticky Heat. See my review of their Sticky Sweet Turkey published last April.

It's also worth noting that they increased their package sizes from 2.2oz to 2.5oz, but kept the prices the same.

The company says this jerky similar to their Sticky Heat beef jerky, but modified to be a little lighter and milder to compliment the flavors of turkey.


Turkey breast, reduced sodium soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, vinegar, worcestershire, seasonings, smoke flavoring.


The first thing I taste from the surface of these pieces is a moderate sweetness along with a chile pepper flavor. Some of the burn starts to build. I can also pick up a well-defined garlic, touches of ginger, and some of the soy sauce/worcestershire combo.

The chewing brings in the natural meat flavors, along with a bit more definition of the soy sauce and worcestershire. Meanwhile the heat ramps up a little more.

For being marketed as a turkey jerky with the word, "Heat", it seems to hold up well. This does have a turkey meat flavor, but it also has a fair amount of heat along with a noticeable chile pepper flavor.

Otherwise, the flavor that seem to define this jerky overall is the sweetened saucy flavor of soy and worcestershire, but spiked with a fair amount of garlic. The natural turkey meat flavors adds a substantial component, and there's also a noticeable chile pepper flavor and a lighter amounts of ginger.

The level of spiciness rates on my personal heat scale as a "medium" (level 3 out of 5), maybe pushing it slightly higher.

Together, the ingredients seem to combine really well into a savory, flavorful jerky that spicy food lovers should relish. It has enough of the chile pepper flavor and seems hot enough to provide a nice rush, and the extra garlic delivers a good pizzazz as well.

Meat Consistency

These are slices of whole turkey meat, sliced into chunks and strips of small to medium sizes, and sliced thick.

This is a dry jerky with a lightly sticky surface feel. These pieces have a lot of flexibility, but are still relatively easy to chew.

The chewing texture starts out feeling soft and tender, with a light bit of initial chewing resistance. It chews down to a soft mass quite easily, and by that time has something of gummy, rubbery, mushy character, not at all like real turkey meat.

I don't see any fat on these pieces, however when tearing apart one piece, I found a rather long, tough stringy tissue, indicative of tendon. Otherwise, I didn't encounter any other unchewable, crunchy tissues.

As for clean eating, it's mostly clean. I can feel a light film of stickiness on my fingers, but still dry enough to type on my keyboard.

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Snack Value

Jimmy's Sticky Jerky sells this Sticky Heat Turkey from its website at a price of $17.99 for a three-pack, with each package at 2.5oz. If you bought three of those 3-packs, shipping comes out to just $5.00. That works out to a price of $2.62 per ounce.

For general turkey jerky snacking, at that $2.62 per ounce price, it's a good value. I'm getting an overall good flavor, good meat consistency, and decent chewing texture. Compared to other turkey jerky brands, it seems to offer a better snackability, mostly for its flavor.

For a spicy hot turkey jerky, at the same $2.62 per ounce price, it's also a good value. I'm getting a nice level of heat, not super hot, but hot enough, along with a nice chile pepper flavor too.


I'm giving this a good rating.

This Sticky Heat Turkey Jerky from Jimmy's Sticky Jerky offers a flavorful combination of sweetened soy sauce & worcestershire, spiked with the flavor of chile peppers, garlic and ginger. It has a nice level of heat, not blazingly hot, but hot enough to enjoy.

Despite being named "Sticky", don't worry about getting your hands all gooey, these pieces of turkey have only a light bit of stickiness, enough to touch your hair without making a mess.

I found the chewing easy and soft, though the pieces tended to feel gummy, and less like chewing real turkey meat. But otherwise, the flavor is good enough to overcome the chewing, and generate some enjoyable snacking.

Rating: Good

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