Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Kingmade Jerky - Buffalo Style

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Kingmade Jerky is a brand that hit the market in 2013, launched by Jeff King, and based out of McKinney, TX. King had been working as a golf caddie for many years, with a hobby in making homemade jerky.

After bringing some batches of his jerky to the golf course, his fellow golfers liked it a lot, and kept asking him for more. It was only a few years later that big names like Tiger Woods, Graeme McDowell, Brandt Snedeker, Davis Love III, Rickie Fowler and Billy Horschel, among others, began buying jerky from him. Today, King has gone full corporate and now sells jerky to major retail outlets across the country.

This "Buffalo Style" is described as being made from flank steak, and seasoned with a sweet, vinegary, Buffalo-style sauce.


Beef, hot sauce, brown sugar, water, soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, natural smoke flavoring, minced garlic, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, black pepper


The first flavors that hit my palate is a light salt, followed by a light vinegar. There's a onion-like taste coming up. The chewing brings on more of the same, with some light natural meat flavor, and touches of garlic.

For being marketed as, "Buffalo Style", it holds up somewhat. It does have a flavor reminiscent of buffalo wing sauce, more so from the vinegar and shades of chile pepper. But it's light, or perhaps watered down, such that it only gives you a light taste. There's no heat to speak of, even though the packaging suggests a medium level.

Otherwise, the primary taste profile is that of a lightly sweetened vinegar, with a sauce comparable tabasco and worcestershire, but watered down. There's a light saltiness, and shades of garlic. The natural meat flavors are noticeable, but are much more light than compared to the company's other varieties.

The meat consistency is good. Small bits of fat are easily seen on these pieces, but no stringiness to speak of. The small slices are convenient in not having to rip apart, and the handling feels clean. There are however, a lot of tiny pieces that you'll have to pour out of the bag to get to. The chewing feels more dry than the company's other varieties, and a little more mushy, perhaps due to the vinegar in the hot sauce.


This Buffalo Style from Kingmade Jerky has a flavor reminiscent of Buffalo Wing sauce, but remains light and underpowered. It has the vinegar from the hot sauce, and touches of cayenne pepper, but doesn't really pronounce itself well. Meanwhile, the natural meat flavor has a lighter showing in this than compared to the company's other varieties. Also, the chewing texture feels a little more mushy too, perhaps from the vinegar. Overall, this doesn't quite have the natural character and texture of real beef that Kingmade established in its Classic Recipe. I think it's still a good jerky on its own merits, however.

Rating: Good

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