Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Gran D Jerky - Honey BBQ

gran d jerky
Gran D Jerky is a new jerky company that launched in January 2012, based in Caracas, Venezuela. To my understanding it's being sold in stores in Venezuela, and has sponsored a variety of sporting events around the country. The company is expanding its infrastructure to accommodate increasing demand.

This Honey BBQ flavor is their only variety thus far. The company's President sent me samples for review, saying that it's cut directly from pieces of meat, but that they're looking into making it from minced meat.

I don't know if they plan to distribute Gran D Jerky to the United States.


The print on the packaging is too tiny for me to read, and is in Spanish.


The only thing I taste from the surface of these pieces is a very faint soy sauce flavor.

The chewing starts with an increased soy sauce, while a light natural meat flavor comes in after. There's perhaps a very faint garlic, and very faint sweet.

For being marketed as "Honey BBQ", this doesn't stand up to that description at all. I don't taste any honey at all, and just a smidgeon of sweet. Moreover, I don't taste any BBQ flavor.

Otherwise, the flavor that defines this jerky is the soy sauce, but it's still a light flavor. After that, there's a light natural meat flavor. The other flavors are too faint to mention.

It's very mild, not spicy one bit. The level of saltiness in this is light.

Overall, it's very plain tasting, with light flavors.

Meat Consistency

These appear to be slices of whole meat, cut into small chunks.

This is a dry jerky with a dry surface feel. It's quite hard, not flexible at all, and very tough to chew.

The chewing texture starts out feeling hard and stiff. There's a lot of initial resistance. After several labored chews, it starts to break down and take on a meaty feel. By time its chewed down to a soft mass, it feels steak-like, but cooked very well-done.

I don't see any streaks of fat on these pieces, though some pieces have light discoloration and may perhaps be some fat. I do encounter some stringiness and some light unchewable tissues.

In terms of clean eating, it's very clean, leaving no residue on my fingers.

honey bbq jerky

venezuela beef jerky

Snack Value

I don't have pricing on this jerky, so I can't determine snack value.


I'm giving this a fair rating.

This Honey BBQ variety from Gran D Jerky doesn't really provide any honey or barbecue flavor. There's actually a faint sweetness, but no barbecue flavor that I can tell. Otherwise, this is a lightly soy sauced beef jerky, with a light natural meat flavor.

It's also very tough. These pieces are quite hard, requiring some sucking and biting before you can really chew down on them. That wouldn't be so bad if this jerky had a lot of flavor to suck out, but they don't. It's mostly very dry, rather tough chunks of bland meat.

I didn't assign this a dog treats rating because I could still tolerate the flavor, what little flavor it has.

Rating: Fair

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