Monday, January 11, 2016

Chudabeef Jerky Strips - OG Spicy

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Chudabeef Jerky Strips is a brand launched by Kevin Casey based out of Long Beach, CA. The brand has been in business since 2014, and at the beginning of 2015 had just completed a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Kevin is an active hiker and had been making his own jerky for his trips through the wilderness. His friends loved it so much, they offered to pay him for some. That got him interested in starting his own jerky business.

This Original is described the company as being based on the Original, but with, "extra spices to turn up the heat". They go on to add, "...will satisfy those jerky lovers with a knack for spicy foods."


Ingredients

Beef, tamari soy sauce, hot sauce, brown sugar, honey, chili powder, natural hickory smoke flavor, black pepper, onion powder, dried chili pepper, natural flavor.

Review

The first thing I taste on the palate is a light sweetness, with faint chile pepper flavor and a light bit of heat. The chewing brings on some of the onion flavor, but with more chile pepper definition, while the heat continues to escalate. There's also some tanginess in the chewing, and touches of chili powder.

For being called, "OG Spicy", and touted as being able to "turn up the heat", it seems to hold up well. I do get a fair amount of heat, what I would rate as "medium" on my personal heat scale (level 3 out of 5). I also get a fair amount of chile pepper flavor and some of the chili powder flavor too. It also has shades of the Original variety that this is claimed to be based on, with some of the onion flavor noticeable, and the tangy chewing.

Otherwise, the primary taste profile is that of chile pepper flavor, chili powder, and heat, with some sweetness. The onion takes a backseat role in this, while the tanginess still grabs attention.

The meat consistency seem pretty good. I find mostly all meat with no visible signs of fat, though I experienced some stringiness. It's quite soft to chew, more so than you might expect. It has a very meaty chewing texture, though a little bit rubbery.

Verdict

This OG Spicy from Chudabeef Jerky Strips does a good job of living up to its expectations with a nice level of heat that I think would satisfy most spicy food lovers, but also dishes out some chile pepper flavor too. The chili powder gives off a noticeable smoky character, while the onion and tanginess represents the Original recipe. I actually think garlic would have worked better than onion in a chile pepper-based jerky, but that's just my personal preference. The meat consistency is great, and the chewing is tender and meaty. I don't pick up much of the natural meat flavors, and the texture is still somewhat rubbery. Overall, it's a very flavorful jerky that attacks all areas of the tongue.

Rating: Good

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