Friday, March 16, 2018

Freedom Jerky - Foxhole Fire

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Freedom Jerky was founded in November 2017 by creative producer Jonathan Chia and television actor Vincent "Rocco" Vargas, both combat veterans. The two were inspired to create a line of jerky whose sales benefited the team at War Horses for Veterans, a charity that helps wounded service men and women through experiences with horses.

"Healing those who have been in combat is not just an intention, it is our mission,” says Vargas. “We’ve created a great product to serve the best people we know. Freedom Jerky supports and hires veteran families with a focus on our community."

This "Foxhole Fire" is described by the company as, "turns up the heat with a special blend of spices", going on to say that it's, "a spicy jerky with a well-balanced natural beef flavor".


Beef, brown sugar, soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, chili sauce, balsamic vinegar, rice vinegar, habanero powder, cayenne pepper, liquid smoke, spices


The first flavor I pick up is a sweet, saucy profile, mixed with the chili sauce. A light heat starts and then builds quickly. The chewing brings on a vinegar tanginess right away while the heat continues to pick up. There's a light habanero chile flavor.

For being marketed as "Foxhole Fire" and as a spicy variety that "turns up the heat", it seems to hold up well. I do get a fair amount of spicy heat, along with a light habanero flavor. The spiciness rates as "medium" on our heat scale (level 3 out of 5). It's just enough heat to notice and enjoy, but not really that hot. If you love spicy foods, it's a decent level of burn without requiring a drink of water.

Otherwise, the primary taste profile is a saucy, tangy, and sweet blend of soy sauce, worcestershire, and chili sauce, with a light bit of habanero flavor and heat.

The meat consistency is excellent. It's easy to chew, and feels just like soft pieces of steak once chewed down. I found very little stringiness, ad mostly all meat with just scant pieces of fat.


This Foxhole Fire variety from Freedom Jerky serves up a low to moderate level of heat across a saucy, tangy, and sweet marinade. It's a very lively chew with the mixture of chili sauce and vinegar, and easy eating thanks to the tender slices of beef brisket. Of course, with a name like "Foxhole Fire", one might expect a fiery heat akin to a barrage of bullets, mortar fire, and napalm in a Vietnam jungle, but it's much more tame, kinda like a group of villagers chucking rocks and bottles. The good news is that this jerky also gives you the flavor of habanero peppers so there's more chile enjoyment than just burn. Overall, it's still a tongue-dancer of a meat snack, but well within most people's spice tolerance.

Rating: Best (5/5)

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