Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Two Brothers Jerky - Bull City Original

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We reviewed Two Brothers Jerky a couple years ago, but they're back with revised recipes, new flavors, and new packaging.

The brand is the collaborative effort of two brothers separated at birth, Paul Brock and Eddie Wales. After growing up never knowing about the other, they one discovered they each had a brother. After they reunited, they took a trip out to a lake and realized they both loved beef jerky, and both had this crazy entrepreneurial spirit. Thus, Two Brothers Jerky was born. Now based out of both Durham, NC and Columbia, SC, Two Brothers Jerky features North Carolina grass fed, grass-finished beef, and made with no nitrates.

This "Bull City Original" (see previous review) is named for Brock's hometown of Durham, NC, and is said to, "capture the vibrancy and smoky flavor of Durham, North Carolina".

Ingredients

Beef, soy sauce, water, honey, brown sugar, lime juice, spice, dried garlic, dried onion, citric acid, lime oil, paprika

Review

The first thing I taste is a light salt with faint touches of sweet and bits of garlic and onion. The chewing brings on the natural meat flavors, much like a grilled steak, with a light tanginess, and a faint fruity note. There's also a slightly increased sweet.

For being described as capturing the vibrancy and smoky flavor of Durham, North Carolina, I think I can go along with that. There's indeed an element of "vibrancy" in that there's a light tang in the chewing. The smokiness is more subtle, however, but overall the jerky itself takes on a grilled steak character.

Otherwise, the primary taste profile is that of a grilled steak, but lightly seasoned with salt, garlic, onion, with a touch soy sauce marinade and notes of citrus tang.

The meat consistency seems great. It's largely pieces of pure meat with little to no fat visible. It has a meaty character, with a little steak-like chewing, and just a touch chewy.

Verdict

This Bull City Original from Two Brothers Jerky goes beyond the plain, ordinary profiles of other Original brands by delivering a more steak-like experience while keeping the seasonings and marinades down. What you get is a great introduction to the Two Brothers style in both taste and texture, and something along the lines of an old fashioned style jerky. I like the steak-like flavor and chewing texture, and I like how the fat and gristle have been trimmed off.

Rating: Good

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