The next review on Beefy Boys will be on a 3 ounce/85 gram bag of their reserve flavored beef jerky. This jerky is advertised to be cut into long, very thick strips, using the same marinade as their peppered flavor except with a hint of red wine. The bag was kindly submitted by the Beefy Boys Jerky Co. team.
This Beefy Boys brand name is distributed by Top 10 Produce LLC, and are located in Salinas, California. It started with friends Craig Bray and Tony Souza making jerky together at age 11, where Craig is the chef behind all of their flavors. Craig and Tony officially launched the Beefy Boys jerky brand name in 1999. In 2013, Top 10 Produce LLC acquired the Beefy Boys jerky brand. New at Beefy Boys, with the end of the world coming, they now sell “Prepper Packs”, which is twenty-four 3 ounce bags. Call Beefy Boys if you want to mix up the flavors. Every ingredient used is guaranteed to have been sourced within 120 miles, which is truly awesome.
Ingredients: Beef, Red Wine, Water, Soy Sauce (Water, Wheat, Soybeans, Salt, Sodium Benzoate), Red Wine Vinegar, Black Pepper, Seasoned Salt (including Maltodextrin), Spices and other Flavorings. Allergen Warnings: Soy, Wheat
The beef used is ethically raised, meaning it is guaranteed to be free of growth hormones and additional antibiotics. Also, these locally raised cattle have free range access being pasture raised, and then finished with grains. As a result, the highest ingredient rating that can be awarded is a Very Good (9/10) rating.
The liquid marinade is comprised of a decent soy sauce, healthy red wine, very healthy red wine vinegar, and water. Red wine contains an antioxidant named resveratrol, which is believed to be healthy.
There is no nutrition facts table provided. As a result, the exact sugar and salt levels are unknown. No type of sugar is listed in the ingredient list, where you would have to think it is 0 grams, or close to that per 28 grams of jerky.
These medium sized narrow strips are as advertised, sliced surprisingly thick. Despite being advertised as tender, these strips are more on the dry side, but still fairly easy to chew. There are no signs of fat, and handling this jerky leaves no oily residue on your fingers.
The first flavor detected is a good level of a great tasting red wine. As you chew more, a mild level of soy starts to develop. At light levels are the garlic and black pepper flavors.
With a complete lack of sweetness, the natural beef flavor is plentiful. A mild level of salt mixes well with the black pepper. A slight tanginess from the red wine vinegar compliments the flavor nicely. Overall, this is a great tasting flavor, which leaves you wanting more.
A 3 ounce/85 gram bag sells online for $7.99. That works out to $2.66 an ounce, which rates as an expensive price. This reserve flavor of jerky is certainly recommended if you enjoy the taste of red wine, and thick cut style jerky.
This clear resealable plastic bag has two labels affixed to the front, and nothing on the back. The Beefy Boys logo has a cows head in the middle of a circle, where the red and gold colors are by no coincidence the same colors as the San Francisco 49’ers NFL team.
There are no slogans or facts printed on this bag.
There are some bag categories missing such as the jerky weight not stated in grams, a blurb about the jerky or flavor, a best before date, and nutrition facts table. To the credit of Beefy Boys, a toll free phone number is provided for customer inquiries. A QR Code is printed that links to the www.top10fresh.com web site, which gives details on the farmer or rancher, it does not get any better than that.
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