The Old Trapper jerky brand name is manufactured and distributed by Old Trapper Smoked Products, Inc. They started business over 40 years ago, and are located in Forest Grove, Oregon. It is a fairly common sight to see Old Trapper jerky for sale at stores, where they appear to have a deep distribution network.
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.
Just water and healthy vinegar are used in the liquid marinade. The term flavourings is vague, which could mean both healthy and unhealthy ingredients. In this case, black pepper must be part of the flavourings.
The sugar level is a bit high at 4 grams of sugar per 28 grams of jerky. Our preference is 3 grams of sugar or less. The salt level is shockingly high at 650mg of salt per 28 grams of jerky. Our preference is 350mg of salt or less.
These are generally small strips of jerky, with a medium thickness. The texture is on the dry side, but not too dry. A good texture that is relatively easy to chew. There are no visible signs of fat to be seen anywhere, and handling this jerky leaves no residue on your fingers. The meat has a pinkish hue, which means that a fair amount of sodium nitrite is used.
The natural beef flavor is detected first, and then the peppered taste quickly starts to build. There is some sweetness with this flavor, perhaps a tad too much, but tolerable. This jerky is a bit too salty also. The smoked taste is light, but enjoyable. This jerky does live up to its name with a medium peppery level.
This is a resealable, transparent bag that has a label affixed on the front and back. The Old Trapper logo has a drawing of a man who looks to be a trapper, wearing what appears to be a squirrel hat, with mountains in the background.
There are no slogans on this bag, just some facts stated such as “Naturally Smoked Beef Jerky”, “Product of U.S.A.”, and “Naturally Smoked Since 1969”.