Thursday, January 30, 2014

Well Food Company - Natural Beef Jerky Barbecue

well food company
Well Food Company is a brand of sports snacks that originally launched in 2009 as Paleo Brands Inc. It was started by John Welbourn, former offensive tackle with the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs, as well as his friend Joe Cappucio, founder of Del Mar Seafoods.

By 2013 the company had shed its "Paleo" name to become Well Food Company to encompass non-paleo snacks. Their offerings include packages of beef jerky, beef steak sticks, beef bars, and mixtures of jerky with fruit and nuts. They also offer whey protein bars and chocolates. Their jerky is marketed to athletes, health food, and paleo diet consumers.

This Natural Beef Jerky is labeled as "Barbecue", as well as "soy free" and "gluten free", using grass-fed beef raised without added hormones or antibiotics. It has no MSG and no preservatives and is said to meet Paleo requirements.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Crazy Horse Jerky - Chicken Mesquite Bar-B-Q

crazy horse chicken jerky
Crazy Horse Jerky has a new flavor out called, "Chicken Mesquite Bar-B-Q".

It's their real wood smoked chicken jerky with a barbecue sauce glaze and mesquite flavoring added. They claim it to have a "nice spicy, not too sweet flavor."

Crazy Horse Beef Jerky is a brand made by Dave & Cara Wenrich of Hellam, PA. They're jerky is based on an old family recipe that Dave got from his father, who handed it down from his father, and his father. It's smoked using maple, oak, and fruit woods.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Turkey Perky Jerky - Exclusive Black Label

black label perky jerky
The folks at Perky Jerky have recently come out with a new variety of turkey jerky, expected to roll out this month.

"Exclusive Black Label" is different from their existing line of turkey jerky in that it's made from turkey raised without added hormones or antibiotics, and is gluten-free.

The Exclusive Black Label line includes the same four flavors already available in their existing turkey jerky lineup, Original, Sweet & Spicy, Teriyaki, and Hot & Bothered. The Original variety of this Exclusive Black Label line doesn't include the worcestershire sauce that's used in the Turkey Perky Jerky, (see our original review).

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Jimmy's Sticky Jerky Needs Help to go National

Jimmy's Sticky Jerky, a small gourmet brand of jerky based out of Hermosa Beach, CA, is looking to go national.

The company recently set up a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds it needs to make the jump from a small local artisan jerky maker to a national company selling jerky in all 50 states.

You may already heard of Jimmy's Sticky Jerky, we've reviewed their many flavors here on Best Beef Jerky, earning several 5-star ratings. Help a small artisan jerky maker stamp out bland, chemical jerky and pledge some funds today...

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1340461811/jimmys-sticky-jerky-nationwide-domination-phase-1

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Snatch Jerky - Original Peppered

snatch jerky
Snatch Jerky is a new brand of jerky based out of Show Low, AZ. It was started in February 2013 by a guy named Ron Pro.

Snatch markets itself with the tagline "The Healthy Beef Jerky" because it uses only natural ingredients, no MSG, no nitrates, and no preservatives. They also claim their jerky to be low sodium with varieties ranging from 50mg per serving up to 270mg per serving.

This "Original Peppered" seems to be the company's flagship flavor. They describe it as, "A moist, tender cut, superb ingredients in the marinade. Top of the line black pepper make this flavor one of the best peppered jerky's on the market."

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Participants Wanted for 1st Annual Jerky Fest

dukes smoked meats jerky fest
Duke’s Smoked Meats is compiling interest to produce the first annual “Jerky Fest” this upcoming summer of 2014.

Ideally, the daylong festival and competition would showcase craft smoked meats from across the nation and provide an engaging experience complete with beer, music and of course, jerky. The event would be free for participating vendors and would provide a valuable opportunity to sample jerky and sell product to the general public.

“Jerky Fest” would also include a competition where a team of judges would review each vendor’s submitted product and name winners from a variety of different meat categories.

Currently, we are gauging how much interest this event potentially has and encourage you to sign up, if at all interested.

Keep in mind, signing up IS NOT a confirmation of participation but, once we get more details together, if interested we will reach out to you with more information. Again, this event is free for vendors and is a call of interest. More information on location, date and submission process to come.

Please click here to submit your information...

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1STT-6Za2YPhUFEl9sKxgilHalc4Hltd4majoMf_I-kA/viewform

Monday, January 20, 2014

Gnawjaw Jerky - Nuclear Lick

gnawjaw jerky
The newest flavor from Gnawjaw Jerky is this "Nuclear Lick".

It's described by the company as "a citrus base with layers of flavor that at first don't heat your mouth up.. but wait a minute or two and you will see how ghost peppers got their name."

We first reviewed Gnawjaw last April with their first three initial flavors, Sweet, Angry Dill, and Cajun. Gnawjaw Jerky is based out of York, PA, launched by a long time jerky craftsman named Eric Farrington, who makes jerky in his own state-inspected dehydration facility he calls, "The Beef Morgue".

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Long Beach Jerky Co. - Spicy Teriyaki

long beach jerky co
Long Beach Jerky Co. was founded in June 2013 by Alex Naticchioni and Richie Beckman, based out of Long Beach, CA.

It's roots goes back to Alex's grandfather "gramps", who was a beef jerky hobbyist. Gramps would make jerky each year during the Christmas season and stuff stockings with it. As Alex got older, he started helping Gramps make jerky and eventually learned the whole recipe and process. He teamed up with his friend Richie and the two started Long Beach Jerky Co.

Made from brisket meat, this "Spicy Teriyaki" variety is described by the company as, "First it's sweet but then the heat shows up like an ex-girlfriend you haven't seen in years. Unexpected." Steven Tyler of Aerosmith actually gave an endorsement of this jerky.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Long Beach Jerky Co. - Buffalo Wing

buffalo wing jerky
Long Beach Jerky Co. was founded in June 2013 by Alex Naticchioni and Richie Beckman, based out of Long Beach, CA.

It's roots goes back to Alex's grandfather "gramps", who was a beef jerky hobbyist. Gramps would make jerky each year during the Christmas season and stuff stockings with it. As Alex got older, he started helping Gramps make jerky and eventually learned the whole recipe and process. He teamed up with his friend Richie and the two started Long Beach Jerky Co.

Made from brisket meat, this "Buffalo Wing" variety is described by the company as, "Our original buffalo chicken wing recipe that was too good not to turn into jerky. The perfect couch snack with a kick. Paired best with football and beer." Steven Tyler of Aerosmith actually gave an endorsement of this jerky.