Today, Piercy sells packages of Grandpa's Beef Jerky at farmers markets across Indiana and online too, allowing jerky fans across the USA to enjoy a family legacy.
This "Original Hickory" is said to be Grandpa's most requested variety, and is made from top-round-steak. It's marked with a heat-rating of "Medium".
Beef, seasoning, water, cayenne pepper, dextrose, natural smoke flavor, sodium erythorbate, sodium nitrite.
The first thing I taste right away is a smokiness, followed by a light salt and touches of sweet. The chewing brings on more hickory smoke flavor, along with the seasoning blend, consisting of salt, garlic, and touch of black pepper. There's a wee bit of natural meat flavor that comes in later, along with a low-level spiciness.
As far as being labeled "Hickory" and a heat-level of "Medium", it seems to be stand up well. It definitely has a noticeable hickory smokiness throughout the chewing, while the level of heat is low, perhaps "Mild Medium" on my heat scale (level of 2 out of 5).
Otherwise, the primary taste profile is that of a hickory smoke-laced seasoning blend more weighted on the saltiness. There are swashes of garlic, onion, and cayenne pepper.
The meat consistency is chopped and formed beef, shaped into bite-sized strips. It seems to have good jerky chewiness without being tough, and no noticeable bits of bone or gristle. Once chewed down soft, they take on a meaty texture, almost steak-like. They handle cleanly.
This Original Hickory variety from Grandpa's Beef Jerky bursts with savory seasonings and smoky hickory, living up to its flavor name. I like the bite sized pieces for snacking, and I like the meaty, almost steak-like chewing texture. It has an old fashioned taste, perhaps supportive of the "Grandpa's" brand name, reminding me of jerky sold in jars in country stores. It's a very addictive jerky. In comparison to hundreds other brands of Original variety I've reviewed, it does a great job of differentiating itself. And for those discriminating jerky fans who look down on chopped-and-formed meat, this one might change your mind.
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