In 2010, I purchased this 3.15 ounce/89 gram bag of Texas Teriyaki flavored Stubb’s beef jerky. This bag was purchased at a convenience store in Jacksonville, Florida. This jerky uses Stubbs Texas Teriyaki Marinade, which is a commercially sold barbecue sauce.
The Stubb’s brand name is from Austin, Texas. Stubb’s jerky is distributed, and made by Thansi Foods LLC, based out of Boulder, Colorado. Thansi Foods LLC is a large company that makes and distributes stock recipes for multiple different jerky brands. They have a great distribution network across North America.
Ingredients: Beef, Water, Stubbs Texas Teriyaki Marinade (Soy Sauce [Water, Salt, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Corn Syrup, Caramel Color], Water, Corn Syrup, Molasses, Brown Sugar, Distilled Vinegar, Seasoning [Ginger, Chiles, Sugar, Dehydrated Onion, Salt, Parsley Flakes], Sodium Benzoate [Preservative], Potassium Sorbate [Preservative]), Brown Sugar, Contains 2% or Less of Salt, Sugar, Sesame Seed Oil, Sesame Seeds, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Spices, Soy Sauce (Water, Salt, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Corn Syrup, Caramel Color, Potassium Sorbate), Flavoring, Sodium Nitrite, Sodium Erythorbate Allergen Warnings: Soy, Sesame
The beef used is not guaranteed to be free of growth hormones or additional antibiotics. Also, the beef is not guaranteed to have at least partial free range access to graze on grass. As a result, the highest ingredient rating that can be awarded is a Good (8/10) rating.
The sugar level is a little on the high side at 5 grams of sugar per 28 grams of jerky. A barbecue based flavor is sweet by nature, so 4 grams of sugar or under would be preferred. The salt level is very high at 470mg of salt per 28 grams of jerky. Our preference is 350mg of salt or under.
This jerky uses unhealthy sodium nitrite and sodium erythorbate as the main preservatives apart from salt. Even though this jerky is advertised to be “MSG Free”, I respectfully disagree. This jerky does not qualify to be MSG free because the highly processed flavor enhancer hydrolyzed soy protein is used, and three different times no less. Being hydrolyzed that makes it an unhealthy form of trans fat.
The jerky strips were small to medium in size, with medium thickness. This jerky is advertised to be soft and tender, but was not overly soft, a good in between texture of not being dry either. The jerky was easy to chew. As for taste, it was pleasant, but quite sweet, which should be expected for a Texas Teriyaki flavor. It was an enjoyable bag of jerky.
I paid $5.99 for this 3.15 ounce/89 gram bag of jerky, which works out to $1.90 an ounce. That would rate as an average price. Given that an unhealthy ingredient list is used, this jerky is not worth your money.
Some graphics on this bag are incredibly professional looking. On the front, there is a picture of a Stubbs Texas Teriyaki Marinade bottle. The picture has very high resolution, where it seems like you could grab the bottle right out of the bag. On the back is a picture of C.B. “Stubb” Stubblefield, who is crediting with creating this barbecue sauce. Again, it is a very high resolution picture of “Stubb”.
There are no apparent slogans. There are many facts printed on this bag such as “Ladies and Gentleman I’m a Cook”, “Stubb’s – Cooking for good people since 1968”, “Authentic”, “Legendary”, “Natural Style”, “Hickory Smoked”, “Low in Fat”, “Tender”, “0g Trans Fat”, “No added MSG”, and “Tender & Easy to Eat”. I disagree with the MSG and trans fat claims, where hydrolyzed soy protein is both a form of MSG, and a type of trans fat.
Every single bag category is covered here. Also included are two fairly detailed blurbs about Stubb’s barbecue sauce and the recipe. There is an Export Gift Pack Information stated, which basically means that this jerky is safe for export to countries overseas. This bag also offers a satisfaction guaranteed policy.