Thursday, November 9, 2017

Wild Sky Beef Sticks - Review

wild sky beef sticks
Wild Sky Beef Jerky is a brand owned by American Prairie Holdings based out of Bozeman, MT. Wild Sky Beef was launched in 2014 as a vehicle to preserve wildlife in Montana.

American Prairie Holdings operates a 500,000 acre wildlife reserve in Eastern Montana, and is actively increasing that 3.5 million acres. Profits from the sales of its grass-fed beef products is used to purchase lands and to reward cattle ranchers who implement wildlife-friendly corridors, fences, and monitoring systems on their property.

This line of beef jerky is made from grass-fed cattle, using no hormones, and raised by family farms in Montana. All meat is source-verified and USDA inspected. It's also marked as "Gluten-Free" and "Minimally Processed".

Original

Ingredients: Grass fed beef, water, sea salt, brown sugar, encapsulated citric acid, celery juice powder, black pepper, granulated garlic, coriander, onion powder, in beef collagen casing

The first flavors that come on is a light salt, with touches of coriander, and a bit of tanginess. The chewing brings on a light natural meat flavor, and a bit of black pepper. The primary taste profile is that of summer sausage, but with a bit more coriander seed spice. The initial bite feels soft, with no real "snap" in the casing. This beef stick has a soft chew, and overall tastes clean.

Teriyaki

Ingredients: Grass fed beef, water, brown sugar, sea salt, soy sauce, encapsulated citric acid, celery juice powder, black pepper, granulated garlic, ground mustard, coriander, onion powder, in beef collagen casing.

The first flavor is a light sweet and touches of salt. The chewing brings on a teriyaki flavor, but not too well defined. You have to chew it several times to realize that it is indeed teriyaki. Overall, the primary taste profile is still a summer sausage flavor, but with suggestions of teriyaki along with an increased sweet. It's still soft chew, feeling clean, but with no real "snap" in the initial bite.

Barbecue

Ingredients: Grass-fed beef, water, brown sugar, sea salt, encapsulated citric acid, celery juice powder, black pepper, granulated garlic, ground mustard, coriander, onion powder, in beef collagen casing.

The initial flavor is a faint salt and touches of garlic. The chewing brings on some sweet and a bit of black pepper. There's a light natural meat flavor. I don't taste any barbecue flavor at all. There's nothing in this whatsoever representing a barbecue character. This actually tastes very comparable to the Original, but with a bit more black pepper, and a touch more sweet. The chewing is very much the same as the Original.

Jalapeno

Ingredients: Grass-fed beef, water, sea salt, brown sugar, dehydrated jalapeno peppers, encapsulated citric acid, celery juice powder, black pepper, ground jalapeno pepper, red pepper, granulated garlic, coriander, onion powder, in beef collagen casing.

The jalapeno flavor comes on right away, along with a light salt. The chewing brings on more of the jalapeno, along with a light tanginess. There's that summer sausage flavor as well. This one generates light bit of heat, registering "mild medium" on our heat scale (level 2 out of 5). It's more difficult to the pick up the natural meat flavor in this, but this has the same chewing texture as the Original. Overall, this has more flavor intensity due to the jalapeno seasoning.

Verdict

These new beef sticks from Wild Sky do indeed live up to their marketed claims of being grass-fed, being all natural, no hormones, and all that good-conscience stuff, because it actually tastes cleaner than national brands of beef sticks, is a lot less greasy, and actually delivers a summer sausage-like meat flavor. They have a meaty chewing, though quite soft. I prefer to get a "snap" when biting off pieces, yet I did not get that Wild Sky. I recommend the Original or the Jalapeno varieties. The Original will offer the best of what an all-natural, grass-fed beef stick can give. The Jalapeno, delivers a lot of jalapeno flavor. The Teriyaki took several chews to bring out the teriyaki flavor. The Barbecue did not taste like Barbecue at all.

Rating: Good


This Jalapeno variety contains chunks of jalapeno peppers

0 comments:

Post a Comment