Jimmy's Sticky Jerky.
Jimmy's Sticky Jerky launched in September 2012. It's the creation of Jim Nielsen, based out of Hermosa Beach, CA. Nielsen claims his love for jerky goes back to when he was just a fetus, and his mother had been snacking on the stuff while she was pregnant. Just 10 ten years ago, he started making his own jerky, and was encouraged to go into business by his closest friends.
This Barbecue beef jerky is described by the company as a mix of "St. Louis style sweet and sticky with the vinegar-based flavors of a Carolina BBQ."
Beef (top round), reduced sodium soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, vinegar, worcestershire, BBQ sauce, seasonings, smoke flavor added.
The first thing I taste from the surface of these pieces is a moderate sweetness with a light bit of ginger and base marinade.
The chewing brings in an identifiable barbecue sauce flavor, with a slightly more defined ginger. I can pick up a light tangy character, similar to vinegar, along with hints of soy sauce and worcestershire.
For being marketed as "Barbecue", it definitely holds up well. It clearly has a barbecue sauce flavor, more like the St. Louis style sweet. I actually do pick up some of the Carolina style vinegar barbecue as well. Overall, it's a not a spicy, bold barbecue sauce flavor, it's actually somewhat mild. There's maybe a touch of spiciness, mostly from the stronger ginger.
Otherwise, the flavors that seem to define this jerky starts mainly with the barbecue sauce flavor, having a blend of sweet and vinegar influences. The ginger is strong enough to show though the heavy sweet, and there's a touch of smokiness too. Finally, the soy sauce and worcestershire combination create a saucy flavor towards the latter half of chewing, and then there's a light natural meat flavor.
Overall, it's that barbecue sauce flavor with the dominant sweet and vinegar that generates a lot of lively chewing flavors, but I feel the ginger also helps produce that lightly spicy, somewhat pungent component that really defines Jimmy's Sticky Jerky.
These are slices of whole meat, sliced into chunks and strips, some of which are bite-sized, and others enough for two bites. These are all sliced thick.
This is a semi-moist jerky with a semi-moist, sticky surface feel. These pieces are quite tender and flexible. Chewing is largely easy.
The chewing texture starts out with a fair amount of chewing resistance, before breaking down after several chews. It then takes on a meaty feel. By the time its chewed down to a soft mass, it feels very much like steak, cooked medium.
I do see some small pieces of fat on a few pieces, but no visible signs of tendon or gristle. I felt some significant stringiness in most bites I took, resulting in a fair amount of unchewable tissues.
As for clean eating, my fingertips pick up a little bit of sticky, oily film, some of which requires a licking and wiping before touching the keyboard, others do not.
Jimmy's Sticky Jerky sells this Barbecue beef jerky from its website at a price of $17.97 for 3-pack of 2.5oz packages. If you bought 3 of those of 3-packs, shipping comes out to just $5.00. That works out to a price of $2.98 per ounce.
For general jerky snacking purposes, at the $2.98 per ounce price, it's a decent value. I'm getting a good overall flavor, a good meat consistency, and good chewing texture. Compared to other gourmet brands, it's considerably more costly, but still a little better overall than most.
As a Barbecue beef jerky, at the $2.98 per ounce price, it's a decent value as well. I do get a easily recognizable barbecue sauce flavor, with touches of smokiness, perhaps more so than with other major brands of jerky.
I'm giving this a good rating.
This Barbecue beef jerky from Jimmy's Sticky Jerky offers up the great taste of barbecue sauce, mixing together the thick sweet of a St. Louis style barbecue along with the tangy, lively chewing of a Carolina style vinegar. There's even enough of a smoky flavor in there to give it that fresh-off-the-smoker characteristic.
It's a mild barbecue flavor; you're not going to get a lot of spiciness aside from the stronger ginger that Jimmy's seems to be known for, but you're going to get a lot of sweetness if that's the kind of jerky you're after.
While this has a very steak-like chewing texture, it tends to have a good deal of stringiness, which I found to mat down into an unchewable wad. There were times when the stringiness made it a challenge to bite off pieces. This is something I found common throughout all of Jimmy's Sticky Jerky.
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