Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Smokehouse Jerky Co. - Tropical Fusion

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Smokehouse Jerky Co. is a brand of Tender Heifer Snack Co., based out of Beaumont, CA. It was started in 2008, and is currently run by a husband and wife team, Franco Fonseca and Patti Fonseca.

The company takes pride in its beef brisket-based jerky, using meat sourced from California. They add no MSG and no preservatives, and focus on small batches at a time.

This "Tropical Fusion" variety is described by Smokehouse Jerky Co as a Mango-Pineapple flavor, going on to describe it as, "a great taste of the tropics with flavors of pineapple, mango and teriyaki for a sweet, citrus flavor".


Beef, brown sugar, mango, pineapple, teriyaki sauce, worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, granulated garlic, ground pepper, ginger, sesame seeds


The first flavors to hit my tongue is a significant sweet, with shades of pineapple. There's a tanginess starting to build. The chewing brings on a fruity character as the mango becomes more defined, and the tanginess increases. The garlic is noticeable, and in a lighter amount the lemon juice.

For being dubbed, "Tropical Fusion", and as a mango-pineapple variety, there's a clear tropical fruitiness that dominates. While the higher level of sweet helps belt out the concept of an island fruit blast, it's the mango that's more noticeable than the pineapple. There's also a citrusy lemon wafting back in there.

Otherwise, the primary taste profile is a strong sweet with a tanginess that bursts out mango and to a smaller degree, pineapple. There's a lighter teriyaki marinade in the background with a noted garlic emphasis.

The meat consistency is great for a brisket-style jerky. It has a light stringiness, but overall meaty. The chewing is generally easy, quite moist, and tender. It has a meaty feel, and takes on a steak-like texture. Despite the higher level of sweet in this, it doesn't chew gummy at all.


This Tropical Fusion variety from Smokehouse Jerky Co. is mango-pineapple focused chew with a little bit more mango than pineapple. With added sweet, it belts out a dominant tropical profile with bursts of tangy fruit in each chew. There's a light teriyaki marinade that sits in the background to provide a more familiar savory base, but for the most part it's mostly sweet, fruity, and tangy that define these strips of beef brisket. You get an easy chewing texture, lightly moist, but very meaty, almost taking on a steak-like feel. It's definitely a jerky that wants a Hefeweizen style ale to wash down with.

Rating: Good (4/5)

tropical fusion jerky

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