Ed's Roadhouse Jerky.
This Dill Pickle flavored jerky is described by the company as having "that awesome taste of summer, full of fresh dill, garlic, and a tangy vinegar flavor". This Dill Pickle is available only at a limited time.
Ed's Roadhouse Jerky is run by Ed and Mary Herman of Wellington, FL. The two specialize in combining the decadence of sweet with the fiery burn of heat, and have earned top ratings for many of their jerky varieties.
Angus Beef, fresh dill, salt, sugar, water, soy bean, wheat, molasses, vinegar, natural flavoring spices.
The first thing I taste from the surface of these pieces is a strong dill flavor with a light bit of sweet. Some saltines comes in, and soon the flavors coalesces into the classic dill pickle flavor.
The chewing brings in the meat flavors, with a light soy sauce, and a bit more dill.
For being marketed as "Dill Pickle" flavored jerky, it certainly holds up. I get a flavor very much like a dill pickle, with a strong dill flavor, a noticeable and lightly tangy vinegar, the usual saltiness, and a touches of garlic.
Otherwise, the flavors that define this jerky starts with the dill and vinegar, making this jerky taste like a dill pickle. But the sweetness is quite noticeable, as is the soy sauce. It's also quite salty. The natural meat flavors are also noticeable.
The ingredients all combine to create a snackable experience, particularly if you love the flavor of dill. For me, the sweetness seems out of character with a dill pickle, unless maybe it's a Bread-n-Butter pickle. The garlic seems lost behind the heavier dill and vinegar, and would maybe do better with a bit more helping.
In terms of spiciness, it's quite mild, though rather salty and may still overload the senses of tamer tongues.
These are slices of whole meat, sliced into bite-sized pieces and sliced thin.
This is a dry jerky with a dry surface feel. It's still quite flexible, however. Chewing overall seems easy.
The chewing texture starts out feeling dry and woody, but will quickly take on a meaty feel after a few chews. The dryness actually helps bring out the fatty flavor from the marbleized meat, creating a more beefy experience. Once chewed down to a soft mass, it feels just like eating a piece of steak, cooked well-done.
I see small streaks and bits of fat on these pieces, mostly indicative of marbleized meat, and they do add a little flavor overall. Otherwise, I encountered no gristle, tendon, stringiness, or other unchewable tissues.
As far as clean handling goes, it's pretty clean. Not much residue remains on my fingers except for small bits of dill.
Ed's Roadhouse Jerky sells this Dill Pickle beef jerky from its website for a limited time. It comes in a minimum 8oz package size. If you bought a one pound bag, the cost is $31.60, resulting in a per ounce price of $1.98.
For general jerky snacking purposes, at the $1.98 per ounce price, it's a good value. I'm getting a snackable flavor, with a good natural meat flavor, easy eating with a steak-like chewing. Compared to other brands of jerky, this offers a lot more snackability for the dollar.
As a Dill Pickle flavored beef jerky, it's a great value. I'm getting plenty of dill pickle flavor, with a rich combination of dill and vinegar, but still with a good natural meat flavor and tender, easy chewing.
I'm giving this a good rating.
This Dill Pickle beef jerky from Ed's Roadhouse offers up an unmistakable flavor of dill pickle, with a rich blend of dill seasoning and vinegar. But it also generates a good deal of natural meat flavor, with light bit of marbleized flavor to create a more beefy taste profile.
Compared to other flavors from Ed's Roadhouse, this Dill Pickle seemed like it needed another ingredient to give it a "wow factor" that I'm always looking for in a jerky. Perhaps more garlic could do it, as it seemed rather light, or maybe some jalapeno, I don't know. Even when I consider a jar of pickles, I usually stay away from the old standby flavors, and go for something more unusual, like Mustard & Horseradish, or Habanero, to send me out of this world.
This variety from Ed's Roadhouse also seems more dry than the other flavors, which isn't a negative by any means, just not what I come to expect from Ed's Roadhouse.
But as a dill pickle flavored jerky, it's awesome, and probably does the best job that I've found yet.
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