Monday, June 29, 2015

Hole In One Jerky - Habanero Teriyaki

hole in one jerky
Hole In One Jerky is a new brand of meat snacks launched by Bud Ott and Crystal Ott based out of Corona, CA. The brand started in October 2014.

Bud had been working as a professional golf caddie for several years and relied on snacks of various sorts to keep his energy up. His wife Crystal finally developed the recipe that would become the company's Original variety, and Bud liked it so much, that they decided to start offering it on the golf course. By Christmas 2013, Crystal had come up with several flavors, including the logo that is used today on the packaging.

Hole In One Jerky is handmade from USDA Choice London Broil, and comes in numerous flavors. They currently sell online, as well as a small brick-n-mortar, and six beer breweries.


Beef, worcestershire sauce, teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, habanero peppers, brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, onion powder, liquid smoke, black pepper, sea salt, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper.


The first thing I taste from the surface of these pieces is a light habanero pepper flavor, followed by a light worcestershire sauce flavor. I can also pick up a light sweet. The chewing brings on a bit more definition of worcestershire, and maybe touches of teriyaki sauce.

For being labeled, "Habanero Teriyaki", this doesn't hold up well. I do taste a light habanero chile flavor, but very little of habanero heat. There's a light warmth coming out of the habanero, but nowhere near the intense burn one would expect from something made from one of the world's hottest peppers. The teriyaki flavor is hard to identify. It actually tastes more like worcestershire sauce than anything, and doesn't really evoke any sense of teriyaki or Japanese style grilling.

On my personal heat scale, I'd rate this as "medium", (level 3 out of 5).

Otherwise, the flavor that defines this jerky is largely the worcestershire sauce, but with some added habanero chile flavor. There's a bit of extra sweet in this, along with some light seasonings of garlic and black pepper.

The meat consistency is much like with the company's other varieties, which is excellent. These strips of beef chew like real slices of steak, somewhat moist, a little tender, but still largely chewy as jerky is expected to be. Very little fat is found, light amounts of stringiness, and nothing unchewable.

Verdict: This "Habanero Teriyaki" beef jerky from Hole In One didn't live up to my expectations as an intensely hot jerky, or even as a teriyaki jerky. If anything you'll get a little bit of value from a light habanero chile flavor, and light levels of heat. But the teriyaki part is largely none to be found. But for what it is, it is still a good jerky. It's meaty slices of beef, with a steak-like chewing texture, and a tasty combination of seasonings and marinade. If you like worcestershire flavored jerky, with a little bit of chile pepper boost, you'll like this one.

Rating: Good

hole in one jerky

hole in one jerky


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