Red Truck says their jerky is made from 100% Grade A sliced shoulder beef from USA cattle, naturally seasoned with, "a touch of nature's honey and dried slowly". The company currently ships their jerky to Cracker Barrel, MAPCO Express, Lowes Foods, Schnucks Markets, Western Convenience Stores, and Green Top Sporting Goods. They also claim their jerky to be gluten-free.
The company offers three flavors, Original, Teriyaki, and Peppered. We only have the first two for review.
100% American raised grade A shoulder whole muscle beef, brown sugar, water, salt, apple juice, honey, lemon juice, spices, soy sauce, black pepper, liquid smoke, sodium nitrite
The first flavors to come through is a heavy sweet with a saltiness mixed in. I also pick up a light black pepper and garlic too. The chewing brings in a light bit of the natural meat flavor, with a touch of honey flavor.
There's actually a light tanginess in the chewing from the apple and lemon juice. There's even a faint onion flavor, though it's not specifically included in the ingredients.
Overall, the flavors that define this jerky starts with the heavy sweetness and a moderate saltiness. But it's colored with a variety of seasonings, namely black pepper, garlic, onion, and honey. But it adds in a light tangy chewing from the apple and lemon juice. It's a very flavorful jerky, that makes me think of a multitude of colors. It's also mild, and perfect for folks with tender tongues.
The meat consistency looks to be mostly all meat. I see only small streaks of fat, but otherwise felt no gristle, stringiness, or unchewable tissues. It's quite tender and soft, and easy to chew. The chewing texture has a meaty resemblance, though not exactly like steak. It tends have a light rubber/plastic character from the heavy sweet. Overall, it's still a meatier chew than a Jack Links, but not quite like steak as with many finer gourmet varieties.
Verdict: This Original variety from Red Truck Beef Jerky has a well-balanced taste that packs in a wide assortment of flavors. It's quite flavorful, but not too intense. I'm actually very impressed with the flavor, and find it quite addicting. It has enough flavor complexity to entertain the jerky afficionado, while satisfying the general bulk of meat snackers out there. I found the chewing texture lacking, though still better than most major brands. But I like the flavor enough to overlook that one area.
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