Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The Jerky Hut - Habanero Teriyaki

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 Habanero Teriyaki Beef Jerky variety warns chewers, "Get ready for a Teriyaki volcano erupting on your taste buds!", going on to say that it has a, "Hot heat range due to single portion of Habanero Peppers".


Beef, brown sugar, water, teriyaki sauce, teriyaki seasoning, onion, garlic, dextrose, sodium erythorbate, sunflower oil, disodium inosinate, corn syrup solids, mustard powder, crushed chili peppers, cayenne pepper, habanero pepper, garlic powder, black pepper, sodium nitrite


The first thing I taste from the surface of these pieces is a light teriyaki sauce, along with a light heat building. The chewing brings on bit more teriyaki definition, along with shades of garlic, and a light chile pepper flavor. Meanwhile, the heat builds a little more.

For being marketed as "Habanero Teriyaki", the habanero part yields a medium level heat, perhaps not quite hot enough for a pepper on the hotter end of the capiscum. This would rate as, "medium" on our heat scale (3/5). Meanwhile, the habanero flavor is also light, giving off just faint bit of the earthy, pungent palate. Much of the chile pepper flavor in this tastes more like standard crushed red chiles and cayenne. The teriyaki part has that familiar flavor, perhaps something along the lines of a Yoshida's or Kikkoman. There's a bit more of a fermented character than with Jerky Hut's other teriyaki varieties, while the sweet is quite pronounced and sticky.

Otherwise, the primary taste profile is a sticky sweet teriyaki sauce, more weighted towards soy sauce, with some chile pepper flavors of red chiles, cayenne, and habanero, and shades of garlic. The level of saltiness in moderate.

The chewing tends to feel mushy, comparable to the company's other Mild Teriyaki and Hot Teriyaki. I don't really get much any steak-like texture at all. It's easy to bite off chunks and easy to chew, however. The heavy sweet leaves the fingers sticky.


This Habanero Teriyaki Beef Jerky from The Jerky Hut dishes out a medium level of heat, perhaps not quite hot enough meet the expectations of habanero chile aficionados. It does have some of the orange pepper's famous flavor, but much of the flavor still yields from the use of crushed red chiles and cayenne. Otherwise, the teriyaki in this has a very familiar flavor that should do well with most jerky snackers, without throwing in any curve balls or other creative flavors.

Rating: Average (3/5)

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habanero teriyaki beef jerky

habanero teriyaki beef jerky


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