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 Cackalacky is made using the famous sauce of the same name. It's a special edition jerky, not part of the company's main varities. Cackalacky is a brand of sweet & spicy sauce made from sweet potatoes, and has become popular in the Carolinas.
Beef, soy sauce, spices.
Not ever having had Cackalacky sauce, it's hard to say how much of this jerky tastes like Cackalacky. But suffice it to say, this has a different flavor than the other jerky varieties offered by Two Brothers. If you were to start out with their Bull City Original, but throw in some vinegar, some onions, and maybe some oregano or thyme, you might get a clearer picture.
Another way to look at it is their Bull City Original, with its strong soy sauce profile, but with some Carolina-style BBQ sauce added into the marinade.
For the most part, the flavors that define this jerky is largely the soy sauce and vinegar. When you combine that vinegar with the seasonings and spices it almost resembles a Cajun or Creole style flavor. I think the Carolina-style BBQ sauce is a better description, considering the vinegar.
I don't really find anything spicy in this in terms of heat, it's quite mild. But the strength of the soy sauce, vinegar, and seasonings, will still require a palate of some greater tolerance. It's not hot, but definitely is bold.
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 Cackalacky beef jerky from Two Brothers Jerky makes for an intellectual chew, being that it made me think and analyze what I was tasting, and then try to associate it into words that others could understand. But the stronger vinegar in this pushed the already-strong flavor to an even stronger intensity that wore me out. It's still good meat consistency, however. It's easy to eat, chewing like real steak, and offering nothing but meat.
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