Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Crazy Horse Jerky - Chicken Mesquite Bar-B-Q

crazy horse chicken jerky

Crazy Horse Jerky has a new flavor out called, "Chicken Mesquite Bar-B-Q".

It's their real wood smoked chicken jerky with a barbecue sauce glaze and mesquite flavoring added. They claim it to have a "nice spicy, not too sweet flavor."

Crazy Horse Beef Jerky is a brand made by Dave & Cara Wenrich of Hellam, PA. They're jerky is based on an old family recipe that Dave got from his father, who handed it down from his father, and his father. It's smoked using maple, oak, and fruit woods.


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The first thing I taste from the surface of these pieces is a rich smokiness, followed by a sweet, tangy, lightly spicy, barbecue sauce.

The chewing brings in the natural chicken meat flavors along with a fair amount of saltiness. I can pick up some additional seasonings, perhaps garlic and black pepper.

For being marketed as, "Chicken Mesquite Bar-B-Q", it definitely holds up well to that billing. I get a rich, smoky flavor that tastes like real wood smoke, but I also get a sweet, tangy, spicy, and tomatoey barbecue sauce flavor to along with it. It's almost like sinking your teeth into a chunk of chicken breast slathered in sauce straight off the smoker.

Otherwise, the flavors that seem to define this jerky is the combination of real wood smoke and barbecue sauce. The natural chicken meat flavor definitely comes in noticeable, but there's also a light vinegar flavor in the chewing too. The seasonings of salt, garlic and black pepper are noticeable in the chewing also.

There's a tiny bit of spiciness in the sauce, enough to produce a tingle and buzz on the palate, but not enough to consider as heat.

Meat Consistency

These are strips of whole chicken meat, sliced thick and in lengths ranging from four to eight inches.

It's a dry jerky but with a sticky, saucy surface that gets all over your fingers. Biting off chunks is easy and the chewing is easy as well.

The chewing texture starts with a light bit of initial resistance, but chews down quickly once it breaks apart. The chewing is mostly dry, but it still chews and feels like real chicken meat. Just dry.

I don't see any bits of fat on these strips, nor did I encounter any tendon or gristle. I didn't feel anything unchewable or crunchy in the chewing. It's all meat.

As for clean eating, these strips will leave a fair amount of barbecue sauce on the fingertips, requiring a licking and wiping before touching anything else.

crazy horse chicken jerky
crazy horse chicken jerky

Snack Value

As of this writing, this Chicken Mequite Bar-B-Q variety is not listed on Crazy Horse's website, but they do still sell it. You'll have to call/e-mail them and modify your order. Otherwise, it's sold at the same price of $8.49 for a 4oz package. Shipping is free if you purchase $40.00 or more. So, if you bought 1 1/4 pounds, you get a bulk discount at $40.48 total. That works out to $2.02 per ounce.

For general jerky snacking purposes, at the $2.02 per ounce price, it's a great value. I'm getting a lot of great flavor, good meat consistency, and dry but good chewing texture. Compared to other chicken jerky brands, there's far more snack value in this at a similar to lower price.

As a Mesquite Bar-B-Q labeled chicken jerky, at the same $2.02 per ounce price, it's a great value. I'm getting a lot of real wood smoked flavor and plenty of rich, tangy, and spicy barbecue sauce flavor, probably more so that other similarly labeled chicken jerky brands.


I'm giving this a best rating.

This Chicken Mesquite Bar-B-Q variety from Crazy Horse Jerky offers the amazing flavor of real wood smoked meat with a very tasty, tangy, sweet and spicy barbecue sauce. If you've ever bitten into a chunk of chicken breast meat right off the grill, slathered in sauce, and smoking over real wood chips, that's what this reminds me of.

The additional seasonings of salt, garlic, and black pepper round out the flavorings and gives this chicken breast meat more of traditional jerky taste. I think the saltiness in this may be a tad too high, but it's hard to knock how great this jerky tastes overall.

The meat consistency is excellent, finding no fat, nothing stringy, crunchy or unchewable, just all meat. And the chewing texture feels just like eating real chicken breast meat, except for that it's jerky and tends to be more dry.

Rating: Best (5/5)

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