Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Real Turkey Jerky - Original Recipe

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Real Turkey Jerky is a brand of Real Steak Jerky is a brand of RSJ Ventures, LLC based out of Naples, FL. It was launched in 2009 by a couple of golf buddies, Dennis Riedel and Blair Swiler.

It's the same company that makes Real Steak Jerky, which I reviewed earlier. This turkey jerky is their newest product, made from 100% turkey breast. They claim it to be fat free and gluten free.

Real Turkey Jerky and Real Steak Jerky is available in golf pro shops across the United States, as well as many half-way houses, grill rooms, and from their website.


Turkey breast, soy sauce, sugar, horseradish, worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, black pepper, red pepper, sodium nitrite.


The first thing I taste from the surface of these pieces is the worcestershire sauce and a fair amount of sweet. There's a little of the liquid smoke noticeable, and a meaty flavor.

The chewing brings in the natural meat flavors with a touch of black pepper.

The worcestershire sauce is not overpowering, even though it's the first flavor I recognize. It has a more tempered character, perhaps due to being combined with soy sauce. I don't necessarily pick up the soy sauce individually, but perhaps that's how it impacts the worcestershire.

Otherwise, the flavors that seem to define this jerky starts with the worcestershire, but with a lot more sweet added. The natural turkey meat flavor has the next most dominant flavor, followed by the liquid smoke. There's a touch of black pepper flavor floating in the background.

The horseradish ingredient doesn't really impart much flavor to this, at least not where I can identify it individually.

Despite the addition of red pepper, I pick up only a touch of heat, but not enough to register this above mild.

The level of saltiness in this feels moderate.

Meat Consistency

These are slices of whole turkey meat, sliced into slabs and chunks of small to medium sizes.

This is a dry jerky, with a slightly moist surface feel. The pieces feel stiff, with little flexibility, but is still easy to chew.

The chewing texture starts off feeling stiff, but as soon as I start chewing, it takes on a mushy feel. Once chewed down to a soft mass, it continues to stay mushy, mostly due to the sweetened marinade.

In terms of clean eating, there's a little bit of sticky residue on my fingertips, but not enough to warrant a cleaning before touching my keyboard.

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Snack Value

Real Turkey Jerky sells this Original Recipe variety from its website at a price of $54.00 for ten 1.5oz packages. Shipping is $7.00 flat rate. That works out to $4.07 per ounce.

For general turkey jerky snacking purposes, at the $4.07 per ounce price, it's a weak value. I'm getting a good overall flavor with an good meat consistency, though a mushy chewing texture. That price is still double what you'd pay for major brands of turkey jerky sold in stores. You get a better flavor than most brands, but not necessarily a better chewing.


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I'm giving this a good rating.

This Original Recipe Turkey Jerky from Real Turkey Jerky offers a very good flavor through a savory, sweet, spicy, and smokey marinade. There's a touch of black pepper and a very light bit of heat to round things out. This jerky also does a good job of bringing out the full flavor of natural turkey meat.

The chewing texture, however, tends to be mushy, not really feeling at all like real turkey meat. I think that's due to the sweetness and marinade altering the meat constitution. If that's not an issue to you, you'll get a lot of flavor through and through.

Overall, this jerky packs in a lot of flavor from a nice worcestershire/soy sauce marinade, sweet and smoky touches, and a light spiciness of black and red pepper.

Rating: Good

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