Saturday, March 15, 2014

Pap's Beef Jerky - Bayou Blitz Cajun

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The newest flavors in the line of Pap's Beef Jerky is this Bayou Blitz Cajun Style jerk.

Pap's Beef Jerky is a new product from Pap's Genuine Beef Sticks, which we reviewed previously. Pap's is a creation of Rick Waldon, based out of Junction City, KY.

This Bayou Blitz Cajun Style is described as "Traditional cajun spices of garlic, onion, pepper, and spices are liberally applied to elevate the natural meat flavors of beef and create a savory beefy compliment to our in the Cajun nation."


Ingredients

Beef, soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, vegetable glycerin, liquid smoke, garlic, onion, pepper, spices.

Taste

The first thing I taste from the surface of these pieces is a cajun style seasoning blend, with perhaps an emphasis on oregano or maybe thyme.  There's also a light saucy flavor from the soy sauce and worcestershire.

The chewing brings in more of the soy sauce and worcestershire marinade, as well as a light natural meat flavor. I can also pick up a tinge of sweet.

As for being marketed as "Bayou Blitz Cajun Style", it's seems to hold up well.  I do get a seasoning blend that is much like what I would expect from something labeled as Cajun, and it even has a light bit of heat to it as well.  It's quite bold in flavor.

Otherwise, the flavors that seems to define this jerky is the Cajun style seasonings, with that emphasis on the oregano and/or thyme.  The soy sauce and worcestershire combination is also well represented.  The spicy heat is perhaps next most noticeable.  The natural meat flavors round out the remaining flavors.

Like with other of Pap's Beef Jerky varieties, the flavors in this Bayou Blitz Cajun Style contribute towards something like that of a grilled steak, marinated and seasoned, but having more of that Cajun resemblance.

The level of heat in this feels light to moderate.  On my personal heat scale, I'd rank this as "medium" (level 3 out of 5).

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.

Meat Consistency

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.

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Snack Value

Pap's Beef Jerky sells this Bayou Blitz Cajun Style variety at a price of $6.99 for a 3.5oz package. I don't have shipping info. Without shipping, it works out to a price of $2.00 per ounce.

For general jerky snacking purposes, at the $2.00 per ounce price, it's a good value. I'm getting a great overall flavor, good meat consistency and chewing. Compared to other gourmet brands of jerky, it's a better snackability as a whole.

As a Cajun style beef jerky, at the same $2.00 per ounce price, it's also a good value. I get a flavor that I can easily identify as coming from the Bayou, along with a fair amount of heat.

Rating

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I'm giving this a best rating.

This Bayou Blitz Cajun Style beef jerky from Pap's Beef Jerky offers a savory cajun seasoning blend with and emphasis on oregano and/or thyme, much like what you'd expect from a food truck in Nawlins.  It's bursting with flavor, with a fair amount of heat, enough to awaken your senses and liven the taste buds.

I also found it to provide a light natural meat flavor, just enough to give it that sense of eating real beef.

But it's also a good meat consistency, very meaty, and chewing very much like a real piece of steak. I also loved the bits of chopped garlic giving me small bursts of flavor.

Rating: Best

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