Based out of Columbia, SC, brothers Paul Brock and Eddie Wales, started Two Brothers Jerky in 2013 using Paul's secret recipes. Both brothers, coincidentally, attended the same state colleges, and each ran successful restaurants. The jerky is made by the brothers at Eddie's restaurant, Motor Supply Company Bistro in Columbia.
This Famously Hot is said to give out the kick of a spicy summer in Columbia, SC. The company claims the first bite delivers a deep intensity of crushed red peppers, citrus and garlic with a slow building heat.
Beef, soy sauce, spices.
A rich soy sauce flavor comes in right away mixed with a red chile flavor and a rich smokiness. The chewing brings in more soy sauce definition, with touches of tangy lime. The heat from the red chiles ramps up. The garlic is also noticeable in touches.
For being labeled as "Famously Hot", it seems to stand up well. I do get a fair amount of heat from the red chiles. It's not too terribly hot as far as spicy food lovers will say, but when combined with the flavors of red chiles, I think it does pretty well. On my personal heat scale, I'd rate this "medium" (level 3 out of 5).
Overall, the flavors that define this jerky is largely the soy sauce and smokiness. The red chile flavor comes in at a good level, but it's still sits behind the soy sauce and smokiness. The tangy lime chewing and the bit of garlic adds some extra color to the overall taste.
The natural meat flavors are not well noticed, largely due to the heavier soy sauce and smokiness.
The meat consistency seems excellent. Mostly all meat with only small streaks of fat noticeable. I found no stringiness or unchewable tissues. It's quite soft actually, even though it's rather dry to the touch. It doesn't feel rubbery or gummy at all, it's more dry and woody, but soft and flexible. Overall, chewing varies from easy to moderate, and feels like pieces of real steak.
Verdict: This Famously Hot from Two Brothers Jerky dishes out a fair amount of heat for just enough burn, but not too so much that it causes a slow-down of snacking. The increase of red chile pepper flavor over the company's Bull City Original generates more interest for me, adding another dimension to an already intense flavor. It was already a big flavor with its strong soy sauce and seasonings, but now with a lot more heat, and some red chile flavor, it's perfect for folks who need their tongues attacked. The meat consistency is a big winner, being easy to eat, chewing like real steak, and offering nothing but meat.
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