Dubbed, "a sweet & spicy way to dress up thick, flavorful uncured bacon", it's yet another in a long line of snack foods paired with up the famous Thai condiment.
I had review Trader Joe's jerky years ago and found that I wasn't really a fan. But that was years ago. The brand has revamped its jerky line with cool new flavor ideas.
Natural uncured bacon - no nitrates or nitrites added except for those naturally occurring in celery powder and & sea salt (pork, water, lactic acid starter culture [not from milk]), white sugar, sriracha sauce, gluten free soy sauce, water, honey, cayenne powder, granulated garlic, ground pepper, sea salt, red wine vinegar, ginger.
The first flavors to his my palate is a strong sweetness. There's a light sriracha flavor coming in, mixed with some soy sauce, along with a tangy character. The chewing brings on the classic bacon flavor while the heat starts to build. I can also pick up bits of garlic, and traces of honey.
For being marketed as "Sweet Sriracha", it lives up well. It's quite sweet for one, with shades of honey flavor. But the unique taste of sriracha sauce is pretty well defined too. But it's also very much a bacon jerky, with the classic bacon flavor, aroma, and chewing. You're definitely getting your money's worth if you want bacon with sweetened sriracha sauce.
Otherwise, the flavors that define this jerky starts with the classic flavor of bacon, but with a lot of sweet added. The sriracha sauce flavor comes in just as you start chewing, and at one point takes over the palate. But there's a light soy sauce that becomes noticeable, and by the time you finish chewing the garlic shows up.
As for the heat, it's fairly hot. I'd say it's a little less heat than straight sriracha sauce, but still enough to register as "medium hot" (level 4 out of 5) on my personal heat scale.
The meat consistency is just like regular bacon on the breakfast table, but cooked somewhere in between soft and crispy. Despite the package claiming, "thick, flavorful uncured bacon", it's hardly thick. This is more like the thin sliced bacon you'd find at a breakfast buffet.
This Sweet Sriracha Uncured Bacon Jerky from Trader Joe's seems to deliver on all three marketed flavors: gobs of sticky sweet, lots of spicy Thai sriracha sauce, and the classic goodness of bacon. I really like the complexity of taste, adding in the soy sauce, honey and garlic, to create a diversity of flavors. While it didn't live up to claims of being "thick sliced bacon", I found the excellent flavor to more than compensate. I only wish the package contained more than just 2oz.
Where to Buy:
- At any Trader Joe's store