Friday, July 3, 2015

Blank and Sons - Our First Beef Jerky

blank and sons jerky
Blank and Sons is a new brand of beef jerky that started up just over a year ago, based out of Nacogdoches, TX. It's run by Damon Blank and his wife Tammy, along with their sons Danton, Dalton, and Dagon. The family had been in the restaurant business from 1988 to 2002. They had wanted to remain in the food industry and opted to launch a jerky business.

Blank and Sons is themed after the State of Texas, and the flavors they offer are paired with various flags used throughout the Lone Star State's history. They claim their jerky is hand made in small batches, but is bold and big as their Texas-sized pride.

To date, Blank and Sons offers four flavors, "Our First", "Texas Spirit", "Texas Heat", and "Black Peppered". Their jerky is available in a handful of stores throughout the greater Nacogdoches area, and from their website as well.

Ingredients

Beef inside round, soy sauce, worcestershire, light brown sugar, water, kosher salt, garlic powder, garlic salt, chili powder, coarse ground black pepper, onion powder, apple cider vinegar, sodium nitrite.

Review

The first flavors that I pick up on the tongue is a garlic seasoning salt, and a savory, sauce flavor. The chewing brings on more of the garlic, but also a lighter onion, and a touch of sweet. There's also a smoky character, though the company has made no mention of this jerky being smoked.

Considering this is company's "Original" flavor offering, it's still very flavorful, though not at all spicy. The black pepper is subtle, though the saltiness feels significant. Instead, much of the flavor comes from the garlic powder, garlic salt, and onion powder. But yet it also draws flavor from the soy sauce and worcestershire combo. There's not much natural meat flavor that comes out of this, perhaps due to the stronger garlic and salt profile.

The meat consistency seems excellent. It comes in slabs sliced to a medium thickness, and retains an expected jerky chewiness, though still somewhat easy to chew through. The chewing feels meaty initially, and once chewed all the way down, it feels like a grilled steak cooked well done. I don't see much fat on these slabs, but I do pick up some light stringiness. Otherwise, nothing unchewable.

Verdict: "Our First Beef Jerky" from Blank and Sons is quite tasty, mostly from the stronger garlic and lighter onion flavoring. For something that's sold as their "regular" or "original" jerky, it's still a bold flavor, yet not spicy at all. It's a very "manly" jerky, aggressive in flavor, meaty in chewing, with a strong smoky, garlic, aroma. Just taking a smell from the bag will open your eyes and say, "Oh wow!". The stronger saltiness will make you want to keep a cold beer nearby, however. Overall, I really enjoyed this jerky, but I think the stronger saltiness eventually overtook my palate. It's a great jerky to cut up into smaller strips and share with friends over a patio table and cold beer.

Rating: Good

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