Monday, May 23, 2016

Keeno's Beef Jerky - Mild

keenos beef jerky
Keno's Beef Jerky is a brand owned by Gary Keeney, baesed out of Wichita Falls, TX. Established in 2010, Keeno's manufacturing process is state inspected, and the company runs an outlet store in the same building.

Keeney got into the jerky business while working at Dell Computers, where he sold bags of his homemade stuff to fellow employees. After getting laid off, he went into business for himself with the aid of a $17,000.00 prize for winning the IdeaWF competition hosted by Midwestern State University. Keeney also won the 2014 Peppers and More World Jerky Contest.

This "Mild" jerky is described by Keeno's as "a crowd pleaser of both young and old", assuming to be flavored to suit all palates and tolerances.


Beef, water, natural hickory smoke, vinegar, salt, onion, garlic, black pepper, dark red chili, papain, citric acid, seasoning salt, dill seed, paprika, cayenne pepper, and mustard seed


The first flavors I pick up are a salty, garlic and onion. There's a light vinegar tang as well. The chewing brings on some natural meat flavors, along with a touch of dill.

For being marketed as, "Mild", I could agree on relative terms. It's more mild than Keeno's "Kickin' T-Bone Beef Jerky" that I reviewed a couple weeks ago, but it's still rather bold and flavorful. But of course, that's a good thing. On the other hand, if you're expecting a mild flavored jerky, with low seasonings, you're actually going to get the opposite.

Otherwise, the primary taste profile is a salty, garlic and onion seasoning, combined with a light vinegar tang, and hints of onion, dill, and other seasonings. Here and there, I get a burst of dill seed in the chewing. There's a natural meat flavor that comes out, but is still somewhat suppressed by the stronger salt. Strangely, this jerky has the aroma of soy sauce, even though there is no soy sauce in the ingredients list.

The meat consistency comes in thin sliced slabs, rather soft and flexible, but dry. It chews soft, but is still "chewy". It feels quite meaty, though with some stringiness, but has a texture just like a well-done cooked steak.


This Mild Beef Jerky from Keeno's actually bursts with flavor with as much boldness as Texan pride. It's only mild in that it's not spicy hot. I find it rather salty, but still just within my level of tolerance. Otherwise, I really like the vinegar tanginess, and the addition of dill to give this jerky some lively chewing. It even has a steak-like chewing texture, and just the right chewiness between too soft and too tough. Otherwise, if you like the stronger salt seasoning, this is certainly a good jerky to keep on hand.

Rating: Good

mild beef jerky

beef jerky mild


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