Saturday, February 17, 2018

Shiner's Stash Jerky - Cheddar & Parm

shiners stash jerky
Shiner's Stash Jerky is a brand launched by Swen Altis, based out of Conover, NC. Marketed with the tagline, "Made in the foothills of North Carolina", Altis started Shiner's Stash in 2016 after a successful career as an executive chef, working in professional sports for major league baseball teams, hockey teams, and football teams.

Shiner's Stash uses 100% Prime Beef Eye-Round & Pork Loin, sliced thick and cut against the grain. They make all their jerky themselves, in their own USDA inspected facility, as opposed to contracting it out to a co-packer. They currently have 19 varieties of beef and pork jerky.

This Cheddar & Parm variety is described by company as, "We use sharp Cheddar cheese in combination with grated Parmesan to create this choice cut beef jerky."


Beef, round, eye of round, roast, boneless, separable lean only, trimmed to 0 fat, select raw cheddar, potassium sorbate, parmesan, cheddar cheese, whey, buttermilk, salt, butter, disodium phosphate, annatto extract and beta carotene, beef broth, sea salt with black pepper.


The first flavor I pick up on this is a mix of beefy, cheesy, and a lightly seasoned beef broth. The chewing brings on a natural meat flavor plus a more defined cheddar cheese with the parmesan in the background.

Considering it's "Cheddar & Parm" namesake, it definitely lives up. I get a well-noticed sharp cheddar flavor along with a lighter parmesan that tends to linger in the background. Of course, the thick layer of melted cheddar provides an equally matching visual that prepares the senses. There's also an cheesy aroma that hits you when you open the bag.

Otherwise, the primary flavor profile is a pan-fried steak flavor lightly seasoned with salt and pepper, with a light oily flavor, and the cheesy, buttery flavor of cheddar and parmesan. The level of salt is light, and there's little to no spiciness.

The chewing texture is very meaty, yet semi-moist. It actually takes on a steak-like feel once chewed down soft, comparable to something cooked well-done. The pieces are easy to bite off, and yield a light stringiness, yet nothing unchewable.


This Cheddar & Parm beef jerky from Shiner's Stash delivers a decadent snackability through its heavy layer of melted cheddar over a beefy, pan-fried, natural meat flavor. I love the marbleized, oily flavor that mixes into the meat, along with the light salt and pepper, because it reminds me of throwing a New York Strip on the fry pan during a Sunday morning hangover. The gobs of cheddar with its parmesan sprinkling strikes at what our hearts yearn for as Americans, even though it's not really what's best for our tickers. All in all, you could take your own pound steak, fry it up, sprinkle it with salt and pepper, throw cheese all over it, and recreate this yourself. But why go through all that effort when Shiner's Stash has done all this for you, and packaged them into these neat little bags?

Rating: Best

cheddar beef jerky

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