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 Bull City Original is said to capture the vibrancy and smoky flavors associated with Paul's hometown of Durham, NC. They go on to claim it to be a perfect balance of beef, soy, garlic, lime and a touch of red pepper.
Beef, soy sauce, spices.
A strong soy sauce flavor comes in right away, along with a rich smoky flavor. The chewing brings in more soy sauce definition, with touches of tangy lime. A wee bit of heat from the red pepper is noticeable. The garlic is also noticeable in touches.
For being described as "vibrant" and "smoky", it certainly is. The lime ingredient creates a nice tanginess that livens up the chewing, while the smokiness creates a nice flavor that draws you into another bite.
Overall, the flavors that define this jerky is largely the soy sauce and smokiness. It's a soy sauced jerky with a good smoky character. The tangy lime chewing, the bits of red pepper and garlic seasoning, are just there to add interest. It's actually bursting with flavor, and the aroma alone creates a lot of anticipation.
As far as that red pepper goes, there's only a subtle amount of heat. I'd rank it on my personal heat scale as mild-medium (level 2 out of 5). The saltiness can be intense, however, and it can make that red pepper feel hotter than it really is.
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 Bull City Original from Two Brothers Jerky created a lot of snackability for me, particularly with its large, bursting flavor, and rich smokiness. While it's largely a soy sauced jerky, it still manages to create some good interest with the red pepper, garlic, and lime tanginess. The meat consistency is a big winner, being easy to eat, chewing like real steak, and offering nothing but meat.
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