Monday, May 31, 2021

Tong Jerky - Sriracha Style BBQ

tong jerky
Tong Jerky is a brand that launched in 2018 by two buddies attending college in Los Angeles. They originally discovered biltong, the South African dried meat snack. They came up with the idea of creating a beef jerky based on the biltong recipe, and Tong Jerky was born.

After several years of perfecting recipes, they finally launched the company and started selling online. Their jerky can also be found in a handful of stores across Los Angeles.

This Sriracha Style BBQ is described by the company as, "for those like it a bit hotter", going on to say that it's a, "perfect combination of classic BBQ sauce with a spicy chili twist".

Monday, May 24, 2021

Crooked Creek Farm - Pork Jerky

crooked creek farm pork jerky
Crooked Creek Farm is a small family run farm located in the rolling hills of Pylesville, MD, operated by Mike and Tiffany Schleupner. There they raise pasture-raised pigs for ribs, sausage, and pork chops. In 2017, they added pork jerky to their product line up.

All of their pork jerky is made from pigs with no added hormones, no antibiotics, and no growth promotants. It's currently selling at farmers markets around the Harford County, MD area, as well from their website.

This Original Pork Jerky variety is described by Crooked Creek Farm as being, "sweet and soft", and made from 100% American hogs.

Friday, May 21, 2021

Whiskey Hill Smokehouse - Gator Jerky

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Whiskey Hill Smokehouse is a brand owned and operated by Whiskey Hill Smokehouse, LLC, based out of Hubbard, OR. The company also owns The Jerky Hut brand of jerky, along with Bakke Brothers Brand.

According to the company, the Whiskey Hill Smokehouse brand focuses on exotic meats and more exotic recipes than The Jerky Hut and the Bakke Brothers lines. It also focuses on all natural ingredients and its jerky varieties are all marked as "Gluten Free".

Whiskey Hill Smokehouse doesn't make any marketing claims on this Gator Jerky aside from being low fat, high protein, and that it "tastes like chicken".

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

The Jerky Hut - Hot Golden Nuggets

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. The Jerky Hut is also sold online through its own website.

This "Hot Golden Nuggets" is actually a spicier version of its already popular "Sweet Golden Nuggets" we reviewed previously. The company goes on to say that it's, "spicy but not real hot".

Monday, May 17, 2021

Blu Collar Meat Co. - Sweet Bourbon

blu collar meat co
Blu Collar Meat Co. is a start-up jerky brand launched last April 2018 by Steven and Brandy Reinecke in Lancaster, CA. Marketed as "100% homemade beef jerky", Reinecke says they use only locally sourced meats and ingredients.

The name, "Blu Collar Meat Co." makes reference to Steven's profession as a welder. "We represent the working class, and everybody putting in work ... whatever your profession, we got the jerky for you".

This Sweet Bourbon variety is described as, "A subtle sweet, yet smooth flavor of bourbon infused jerky, that'll keep you coming back for more." The label has a photo of Maker's Mark, suggesting that's what it was marinated in.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

TJ Morgan's Beef Jerky - Tropical Garlic Teriyaki


TJ Morgan's Beef Jerky is a new brand based out of Hamburg, NY. It was started by "Chef Tim" who had studied at the Culinary Institute of America and spent 30+ years in the food and restaurant industry.

The brand started out as a line of seasonings and then later expanded into beef jerky. TJ Morgan's now carries eight (8) different flavors of jerky, all made with Chef Tim's famous blends of spices.

This Tropical Garlic Teriyaki is apparently of Chef Tim's best sellers. It's described as an, "array of blends, sugars, citrus, and spices", and goes on to invite you to, "wander and explore greatness".

Friday, May 7, 2021

Rickey's Jerky Review - Teriyaki

Rickey's Jerky is a brand based out of Livingston, TX. It was started in 2014 by Ryan Rickey who began selling strips of chew in farmers markets in the Portland, OR area. 

As his success grew, he brought his wife into the business, and eventually his brother. Since then, he's added sales reps in Texas, Florida, and Arizona. 

According to the company's website, their jerky is all hand made at a USDA-inspected facility in Oregon. According to Rickey, his secret to great jerky is simple, "marinate it, smoke it, and package it." This Teriyaki variety is described by Rickey as being gluten free, made from 100% American beef, and using only natural ingredients.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Bakke Brothers Brand - Beer Sausage Sticks

bakke brothers brand
Bakke Brothers Brand is owned by Whiskey Hill Smokehouse, LLC based out of Hubbard, OR. Whiskey Hill also owns The Jerky Hut, as well as its own house brand, Whiskey Hill Smokehouse.

Bakke Brothers was started by Phil Bakke, one of Whiskey Hill'founders. The brand differs from The Jerky Hut in that it's free of preservatives such as sodium nitrite, sodium erythorbate, et al, and it's also gluten-free.

These "Beer Sausage Sticks" are made with, "...a flavorful dark locally made Oregon beer". The brand goes on to describe these sticks as having a, "Mild Smoky flavor with a hint of garlic."

Monday, May 3, 2021

All American Jerky - Snack Sticks

all american jerky
All American Jerky is a brand of Schmidt Family Farm Products, LLC, based out of St. Louis, MO. The brand got started in 2014 after its founer, Richard Schmidt decided to extend his cattle business to meat snacks.

Originally, Schmidt spent 25+ years in the restaurant & catering business before retiring in 2007. He bought a farm just outside of St. Louis to raise a family and decided to raise some cattle as a hobby. Before he knew it, he was selling all-natural, grass-fed beef to local restaurants. That's when he decided to get into meat snacks. Initially, Schmidt started off with beef jerky, but chose to focus on pork-based meat sticks instead.

These snack sticks are made from 100% USA pork and produced at a USDA inspected facility. A portion of their profits goes to H.E.R.O.E.S Care, a non-profit that benefits troops and their families.