Pap's Beef Jerky, has reorganized its line of jerky, with a new line of recipes. See our previous reviews of their jerky.
The four varieties now anchoring their beef jerky lineup are Mild, Hot, Blazin Cajun, and Pitmasters BBQ. Pitmasters BBQ is the only variety carrying over from the previous lineup. The words "Thin Cut" now grace Pap's beef jerky packaging, which is considerably more thin than their previous cut.
Pap's Beef Jerky originally grew from Pap's Genuine Beef Sticks. Pap's is a creation of Rick Waldon, based out of Junction City, KY. Pap's Beef Jerky is made using USDA inspected beef in a USDA inspected facility.
Beef, soy sauce, water, teriyaki sauce, hot sauce, garlic powder, worcestershire sauce, smoke flavor added.
A noticeable soy sauce flavor hits the tongue right away, mixing in a light garlic and onion seasoning. There's a faint touch of worcestershire mixed in, along with a light sweet. A natural meat flavor is there in subtle amounts. Finally, I can taste that smoke flavoring in the background.
The for the most part, it's the soy sauce with a touch of worcestershire that defines this jerky. It feels quite salty, but is lessened somewhat by the light sweetness. The ingredients of teriyaki sauce and hot sauce are not identifiable on their own, but certainly help create this jerky's overall flavor.
It's still a mild flavored jerky in terms of spice and heat, but is by no means a soft hitter. It still bursts with flavor, primarily with the soy sauce, garlic/onion seasoning, and light bits of worcestershire.
The meat consistency seems pretty meaty in that it's mostly all meat, with little to no fat, no stringiness, nor other unchewables. The thin slices have a flexible nature, lightly chewy, and still overall easy to eat. The chewing texture seems good, chewing down into something that still feels meaty, and steak-like.
Compared to Pap's previous Original variety, this new Mild is more of what I consider a Kentucky style beef jerky, in the way it's sliced, presented, and flavored.
Verdict: This Mild variety from Pap's Beef Jerky offers a dominant flavor of soy sauce, mixed with touches of garlic, onion, sweet, and worcestershire. It's thin meat consistency is still soft, easy to eat, but retains a steak-like chewing texture. Overall, it's very much like in the Kentucky style of jerky, and of course Pap's is a Kentucky-based jerky brand.
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