I reviewed Pap's Genuine Beef Sticks before, starting with their first three flavors, and then again when they released three additional flavors. These three new flavors raises their total to 9 beef stick varieties.
Pap's Genuine Beef Sticks was started by Rick Waldon, based out of Junction City, KY. His philosophy with beef sticks was to make them out of beef, and not "mechanically separated chicken", without using any soy and wheat fillers. They are currently stocked in convenience stores throughout Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and Indiana. You can also buy them from their website.
Black Pepper: Beef, beef hearts, water, salt, corn syrup, spices, monosodium glutamate, dextrose, citric acid, garlic powder, natural hickory smoke flavoring, sodium erythorbate, sodium nitrite.
Beef and Cheese: Beef, beef hearts, water, American cheese, salt, corn syrup solids, spices, monosodium glutamate, dextrose, citric acid, garlic powder, natural hickory smoke flavoring, sodium erythorbate, sodium nitrite.
Caliente: Beef, water, jalapeno pepper, salt, corn syrup, spices, monosodium glutamate, dextrose, citric acid, garlic powder, natural hickory smoke flavoring, sodium erythorbate, sodium nitrite.
Black Pepper: Starting out smooth, with a meaty, salty flavor, the black pepper spice picks up after a few chews and creates its signature burn and aftertaste in the back of my mouth. There's actually quite a bit of black pepper flavor in this. Aside from that, there's a faint bit of sweet and tangy chew, hints of garlic and smoke flavoring.
Beef and Cheese: Starts even more smooth than the Black Pepper, this one however doesn't get as spicy. I didn't encounter any bits or pieces of cheese, however. Instead, the cheese is blended into the meat, giving it more of a creamy texture that coats the roof of my mouth like Velveeta. Further into the chewing, there actually is a light bit of spiciness in the back of my mouth, indicative of black pepper. But overall, it's still mild.
Caliente: Starts out with a recognizable jalapeno pepper flavor and picks up in heat soon thereafter. This has one has the same smooth feel as the other two flavors, but is definitely the most spicy of the three. Like with the Black Pepper, there is also a touch of sweet and tangy chewing and a lightly noticeable garlic.
Overall, all three flavors still manage to do a good job of maintaining that meaty, beefy flavor that Pap's is known for, but each is able to color that flavor with its own seasonings.
Tender and most as with the other beef sticks flavors offered by Pap's, these new flavors still have a nice weighty, meaty feel. They're not greasy like with many of the national brands, and they have a nice crunch when I bite into them.
Each bite of a stick felt soft and very easy to chew. I wasn't left with anything tough or unchewable.
These sticks have a nice semi-moist consistency without being sticky. Unlike some other brands, these sticks from Pap's don't give off a strong odor, with only the Caliente having a light chile pepper aroma.
Pap's Genuine Beef Sticks can be purchased from its website at a price of $34.99 for an 24-count box, with each stick weighing in at 1.25oz. Shipping is currently free, but is not known how long that will last. to Southern California comes to $9.00, for a total cost of $36.00. That works out to a price of $1.17 per ounce.
For general meat stick snacking purposes, at the $1.17 per ounce price, it's seems to be a good value. I get a decent level of snackability for its satisfying flavor, but more so for its soft, tender chew, nice snap of the casing, and clean eating. Considering it's all beef without any fillers perhaps makes it more valuable as a protein snack. Compared to other meat sticks sold in convenience stores, it's similarly priced, yet it provides a better meat stick experience.
I'm giving these new flavors a good rating.
These new beef stick flavors from Pap's Beef Sticks provide a better snack value for your dollar with a cleaner handling, meatier flavor than other national brands. I liked the meaty and lightly sweet and tangy chewing that seems consistency through all three flavors.
I particularly liked the Caliente variety with its jalapeno pepper flavor. The Black Pepper variety was good with its identifiable black pepper flavor, but didn't seem to go far enough for me in flavor. The Beef and Cheese was not my favorite due the cheese-food coating it left on the roof of my mouth. But then again, I haven't found a "beef and cheese" variety of meat snack that I've liked.
But just as with the company's original flavors, Pap's Genuine Beef Sticks seems to have its strength in its meat consistency, having a soft, tender chew, with a good "snap" of the casing, and leaving my fingers clean and dry. I found mostly all meat inside with very little crunchy, stringy, tissues, and these sticks seemed to have a weighty feel.
If you're a meat stick lover, give Pap's a try, I think you'll find them better than the usual assortment of brands at the gas station.
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