Monday, October 24, 2022

Legacy Meats - Wicked Awesome

legacy meats jerky
Legacy Meats is a family-run meat-distribution business located in Kersey, Colorado. Ben Elliott, who built a career raising cattle, launched this business in 2012 when the trend for buying locally-sourced foods gained traction. Last year, Ben and wife opened up a store in Kersey.

Legacy Meats supplies grass-fed steaks and chops to local customers, but has built a following across the world. Recently, they added beef jerky to their product line up. You can purchase jerky packages individually, or through their own Jerky subscription program.

This Wicked Awesome variety is described by them as delivering, "delivers slow heat that builds the more you eat", going on to say that it has, "wicked flavor".


Beef, soy sauce, sugar, brown sugar, natural smoke flavor, artificial flavor, lemon and lime juice, garlic, hot sauce, pepper sauce, spices, cayenne pepper, chili pepper, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, silicone dioxide (to prevent caking).


The first flavor that hits my palate is salt and a light smoke. The soy sauce comes in quickly, along with a faint bit of heat. The chewing brings on more soy sauce definition, with touches of tangy, and notes of garlic. There's shades of chile pepper flavor in the background, along with cayenne. Meanwhile, the heat picks up just a bit.

For being described as having a "slow heat that builds" and "wicked flavor", I think it holds up. It's definitely a light heat, and it does build, but it never builds to any significant level. On our heat scale, I could rate this as, "medium" at best (3/5), but I think it sits more at "mild-medium" (2/5). As for "wicked flavor", I can say that this jerky is certainly flavorful for the noticeable soy sauce, stronger salt, and light levels of garlic, chiles, and smoke. As for being wicked, I'll let you decide.

Otherwise, the primary taste profile is a salty soy sauce, doctored up with touches of garlic, cayenne, chile pepper, and faint levels of smoke and tanginess. The natural meat flavors come through towards the end of chewing.

The meat consistency looks good. I do see several pieces with significant fat, but they don't seem to get in the way of chewing, though don't add anything to the flavor either. These pieces are dry, yet not tough. They remain chewy, yet still easy enough to get through. They do, however, chew and feel like real pieces of steak, closer to something cooked well-done.


This Wicked Awesome beef jerky from Legacy Meats dishes up a light to moderate level of heat with touches of cayenne and chile pepper flavors. It has a pronounced soy sauce profile, and can be rather salty, which may put this squarely with fans of Texas-style meat snacks. I like the natural meat flavors that come out in the end, and I like the steak-like chewing texture, giving this a more meaty, manly character. It remains chewy, yet easy to get through, and very much reminiscent of classic, old style jerky. Overall, it's very flavorful, but mostly through a strong soy sauce, but the better meat consistency and chewing texture is perhaps its stronger qualities.

Rating: Good (4/5)

wicked awesome jerky

wicked awesome jerky


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