This will be the second review for Wild Bill’s hickory smoked Jerky From The Jar style of beef jerky, which refers to a mason jar. The jerky weight has since been reduced, the price increased, the bag design has been tweaked, and the ingredient list may have changed. This 2 ounce/57 gram bag was purchased at a gas bar convenience store in Sayre, Pennsylvania.
The Wild Bill’s brand name is owned by the very large company Monogram Meat Snacks, LLC., located in Memphis, Tennessee. Prior to being acquired by Monogram Meat Snacks, LLC. in 2009, the Wild Bill’s brand name originated in 1955 within Pennsylvania Dutch Country. This ‘Jerky From The Jar’ style of jerky is advertised to be made in small batches, strung by hand, and smoked in a real smokehouse.
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 annoying and vague ingredient natural flavors is listed, which can consist of both healthy and non-healthy ingredients.
This jerky does not qualify to have no MSG added. The cheap, highly processed flavor enhancer hydrolyzed soy protein is used here.
2009 was the first time that I tried this hickory smoked beef jerky from Wild Bill’s. Immediately, Wild Bill’s became the best jerky brand tried to date. At that time, this jerky was still manufactured by Wild Bill’s Foods, Inc. Today, while this flavor is still enjoyable, it tasted better in 2009.
For the record, Wild Bill’s is the most popular jerky maker on this jerky review web site by pageviews.
These strips of jerky are traditionally narrow sized, and sliced borderline thin. Each of these mostly uniform sized strips has a hole from where the jerky was hung from a hook by hand while drying in a smokehouse. These strips of jerky are sliced with the grain. The texture is dry, which does give your teeth a work out. Some of the strips have a considerable amount of visible white spots from the excessive amount of salt.
We have a pretty basic taste profile here. Primarily this flavor is overwhelmingly saturated with very strong soy, smoked, and salt levels. A mild level of black pepper blends in nicely.
There is no sweetness present, which amplifies the hickory smoked flavor that much more. While there is some natural beef flavor present, it tends to get drowned out by the strong levels of soy, salt, and smokiness.
We had mixed reactions with this flavor over here, where this is a polarizing flavor. People either tend to absolutely love this flavor, or not care much for it. You pretty much need to be a salt fiend to truly appreciate this flavor. One of the last adjectives to describe this flavor would be boring tasting.
This resealable plastic bag has everything imprinted directly on the bag, both on the front and back. The Wild Bill’s logo is an old, short man with a beard and moustache wielding two long guns, dressed in old style clothes, similar to a pirate.
Some slogans printed on this bag are “Jerky From The Jar” and “We’re Old School Jerky, Made For A New Generation”. Some facts displayed on this bag are “Hand Crafted”, “Slow Hickory Smoked”, and “Proudly Made In U.S.A.”.
All bag categories are covered here. A good blurb is printed on the back about Wild Bill’s jerky. To the credit of Monogram Meat Snacks, LLC., there is a toll free phone number provided for customer inquiries.