Gran D Jerky nearly a year ago, assigning a "Fair" rating for their Honey BBQ flavor due to a tough, hard chew, and lack of any honey or BBQ flavor.
The company has since revised its recipe and sent a new sample to me for re-review.
Gran D Jerky originally launched in January 2012, based in Caracas, Venezuela. To my understanding it's being sold in stores in Venezuela, and has sponsored a variety of sporting events around the country. The company is expanding its infrastructure to accommodate increasing demand.
Carne de res, salsa de soya, salsa inglesa, salsa BBQ, ajo en polvo, miel de abejas, sal, humo liquido
The first thing I taste from the surface of these pieces is a faint bit of saltiness, and faint meaty flavor.
The chewing brings in a natural meat flavor along with a light bit of soy sauce.
For being marketed as a "Honey BBQ" beef jerky, it doesn't hold up at all. Even with this revised recipe, it still doesn't have any honey or BBQ flavor. It doesn't taste like BBQ and has little to no sweetness.
Otherwise, the flavor that defines this jerky is a light natural meat flavor, followed by a light soy sauce flavor. The soy sauce is light enough that it tastes watered-down, as if water was added to the marinade.
There isn't anything spicy or seasoned, no black pepper, and very little to no garlic. It seems the watered-down soy sauce is largely the only flavoring element, aside from the light natural meat flavor.
To go without saying, it's a very mild flavored jerky.
These are chunks of whole meat, cut into small bite-sized pieces.
This revised recipe is considerably more tender than the previous recipe, but in context with the hundreds of other brands I've reviewed, some pieces are still tough, though still less so than the previous recipe.
The chewing texture starts out with a bit of rubbery chew, and often requires some laborious chewing to break it down. It takes on a meaty character, and by the time it's chewed down to a soft mass, it feel very steak-like.
I don't see any bits of fat on these pieces, no gristle or tendon. I don't feel any stringiness nor do I find any unchewable tissues. It's very meaty.
As for clean eating, it's very clean, leaving no residue on my fingers.
I don't have any pricing info on this. I don't believe this product is for sale in the United States.
I'm still giving this a fair rating.
This Honey BBQ flavored jerky from Gran D Jerky doesn't have any honey or BBQ flavor at all. Instead, it offers light, and seemingly watered-down soy sauce flavor, with a light natural meat flavor. Otherwise, I couldn't pick up any kind of seasonings, spices, or other flavorings.
If anything was changed in this recipe, it's that this jerky is more tender than before. Instead of being tough and hard, it's softer, yet still can be chewy enough to require some effort to get through.
Otherwise, I can't seem to find much to hold on to with jerky. There just isn't enough flavor to keep me interested, and it doesn't at all taste like Honey BBQ.
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