Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Kingmade Jerky - Classic Recipe

Kingmade Jerky is a brand that hit the market in 2013, launched by Jeff King, and based out of McKinney, TX. King had been working as a golf caddie for many years, with a hobby in making homemade jerky.

After bringing some batches of his jerky to the golf course, his fellow golfers liked it a lot, and kept asking him for more. It was only a few years later that big names like Tiger Woods, Graeme McDowell, Brandt Snedeker, Davis Love III, Rickie Fowler and Billy Horschel, among others, began buying jerky from him. Today, King has gone full corporate and now sells jerky to major retail outlets across the country.

This "Classic Recipe" is described as being made from flank steak, and seasoned with steakhouse spices, brown sugar, and is touted as the lowest sodium beef jerky on the market.


Beef, water, soy sauce, natural smoke flavoring, brown sugar, minced garlic, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper


The first flavors that hit my palate is a smokiness, along with a beefy, fatty meat flavor. Soon, I can pick up a light salt, and a light garlic. The chewing brings on more of the fatty, natural meat flavors, but also touches of sweet and black pepper.

For being described as seasoned with "steakhouse spices", and as being the lowest sodium beef jerky on the market, it seems up to hold up. It certainly does have a seasoning reminiscent of steakhouse seasoning, though it's light. It's not the bold, spicy, seasonings where the black pepper, garlic, coriander, pop out at you. It's instead more subtle. It's also light on the salt, it's just barely there.

Otherwise, the primary taste profile of this jerky is the natural meat flavors. It's more of a fatty, or marbleized, meat flavor. The natural smoke flavoring is light but noticeable, and then the seasonings of salt, garlic, and black pepper are a bit more light.

The meat consistency is very good. Small bits of fat are easily seen on these pieces, but no stringiness to speak of. The small slices are convenient in not having to rip apart, and the handling feels clean. There are however, a lot of tiny pieces that you'll have to pour out of the bag to get to. Otherwise, the chewing is dry, but still easy to chew through. The texture is very meaty, and by the time it chews down soft, it feels like chewing real piece of steak, cooked well done.


This Classic Recipe from Kingmade Jerky dishes out a very natural taste in that it's focused on the natural meat flavors, with some noticeable marbleized essence. The seasonings are light enough to add a little bit of steakhouse style seasonings, but yet allow the great taste of beef to remain focused. Overall, it tastes simple yet natural, ordinary yet addicting. The meat consistency and chewing texture is likewise, feeling like real meat, not gummy, not sticky, not hard. It's just somewhat dry. But otherwise, I was impressed for its natural character, the focus on the meat flavors, the marblelized taste, and the low saltiness.

Rating: Best

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