Bud had been working as a professional golf caddie for several years and relied on snacks of various sorts to keep his energy up. His wife Crystal finally developed the recipe that would become the company's Original variety, and Bud liked it so much, that they decided to start offering it on the golf course. By Christmas 2013, Crystal had come up with several flavors, including the logo that is used today on the packaging.
Hole In One Jerky is handmade from USDA Choice London Broil, and comes in five flavors. They currently sell online, as well as a small brick-n-mortar, and six beer breweries.
Beef, worcestershire sauce, teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, onion powder, liquid smoke, black pepper, sea salt, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper.
The first thing I taste from the surface of these pieces is a sweet, light sauce flavor resembling a blend of worcestershire and teriyaki. There's also a faint garlic noticeable, and touches of black pepper and red pepper seasonings. The chewing brings on more sauce flavor, but defined more as worcestershire. I can also pick up a light liquid smoke flavor.
For being labeled, "Teriyaki", it doesn't really taste like teriyaki at all, at least not in the traditional, Japanese sense. It's actually more of a worcestershire sauce jerky, sweetened up some, along with touches of garlic and seasonings.
Otherwise, the flavor that defines this jerky is largely the worcestershire sauce, but tempered and softened with some sweeteners and teriyaki sauce. The light bits of garlic, black pepper, and red pepper add a little bit of interest.
The meat consistency and chewing is excellent. It's soft and tender, but not mushy. It has a meaty, steak-like chewing and handling, but is overall easy to chew. I find little stringiness, very little fat, and no unchewable tissues.
Verdict: This "Teriyaki" beef jerky from Hole In One offers a lighter, milder flavor than compared to the company's Original variety. It doesn't really taste like teriyaki however, at least not like the style of teriyaki you'd get at a Japanese restaurant. It's actually a lightly sweetened, worcestershire sauce jerky, and so for me, doesn't match my expectations. But just taking into consideration what this jerky offers, it's quite tasty, savory, with a great meat consistency and steak-like chewing. In fact, this would serve better as the company's "Mild" offering, being similar to their "Original", but much less spicy.
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