Wednesday, July 19, 2023

The Jerky Hut - Peppered Beef Jerky

the jerky hut
The Jerky Hut is a brand of Whiskey Hill Smokehouse, LLC based out of Hubbard, OR. The brand which is often seen at boat shows, gun shows, car shows, and trade shows of every kind, was started over 30 years ago.

Much of its jerky is sold through independent "retail licensees", who are the folks running the booths at the shows. It's parent company, Whiskey Hill Smokehouse, runs its own USDA inspected facility.

This Peppered Beef Jerky variety is marketed as having a "spicy heat range due to plenty of fresh Cracked Black Pepper", going on to say that it's "spicy but not hot".


Beef, water, corn syrup solids, seasonings, teriyaki sauce, spices, smoke flavoring, worcestershire sauce, monosodium glutamate, sodium erythorbate, sodium nitrite


The first thing I taste from the surface of these pieces is a light smoke and a subtle black pepper. The chewing brings on the natural meat flavors, with a faint buttery character, along with a bit more black pepper, and a light savory marinade.

For being labeled, "Pepppered", this beef jerky holds up well. I get an easily noticed black pepper spiciness, but having no real heat or "hot" at all. The black pepper granules add a nice pungent spice that contrasts the light savory marinade well without parching the palate.

Otherwise, the primary taste profile is a lightly smokey, natural meat flavor, spiced up with black pepper, over a light savory marinade. The natural meat flavors taste like a pan-fried steak cooked medium-well, having a faint buttery flavor, like the old Van Camp's Buttered Beef Steaks.

The meat consistency is excellent, resembling something of an old fashioned style. These are thick sliced strips that start out lightly moist, but very meaty. They eventually chew down into something very much like pieces of steak. No stringiness was noted, nor anything unchewable. These are beautiful slices of pure meat.


This Peppered Beef Jerky from The Jerky Hut delivers a nice black pepper seasoning without going hot, giving you just enough of pungent spice to balance out a savory marinade and smokey natural meat flavor. It was that last part, the natural meat flavor, that really stole the show, however. It's lightly buttery quality, it's seasoned pan-fried flavor, created all the snackability, making me want more and more. Overall, this is an old-fashioned style jerky that brings out the goodness of beef in a peppery seasonings that sits just right.

Rating: Best (5/5)

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peppered beef jerky

black pepper beef jerky


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