Crazy Cowboy Jerky is fairly new to the jerky market that debuted in 2019. Crazy Cowboy Jerky is advertised as being non-GMO certified, and contains no nitrates, MSG, or artificial flavors. Only real spices and seasonings are used that you can find in your own kitchen. Top round steak is used to produce an extra-tender jerky. Crazy Cowboy Jerky currently offers five beef and pork varieties that includes classic, maple bacon, mango habanero, peppered, and teriyaki.
Crazy Cowboy Jerky is distributed by the Iced Tea company AriZona Beverages USA LLC., and they are located in Woodbury, New York. Crazy Cowboy Jerky may be (probably not) manufactured by 2018 Beverage Marketing USA LLC., and presumed are also located in Woodbury, New York.
The first review on Crazy Cowboy Jerky will focus on a 1.5 ounce/42 gram bag of their teriyaki flavored beef jerky. The bag was purchased at an Ollie’s discount store located in Niagara Falls, New York.
Beef, Honey, Gluten Free Tamari Sauce (Water, Soybeans, Salt, Alcohol [To Preserve Freshness], Lactic Acid, Rice Vinegar), Garlic, Pineapple Juice, Lemon Juice, Red Wine Vinegar, Ginger, Black Pepper, Sesame Oil, Onion. 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 liquid marinade used here consists of a well-respected brand of gluten free tamari soy sauce, an unknown brand of honey, healthy pineapple and lemon juice, super healthy red wine vinegar, and finally super healthy sesame oil.
The sugar level is a little high at 8 grams of sugar per 42 grams of sugar to lose a rating. For a sweet based as we have here with this teriyaki flavor, 5 grams of sugar or less per 28 grams is acceptable. The salt level is surprisingly low at 210mg of salt per 42 grams of jerky.
This jerky does qualify to have no sodium nitrite, or any other similar unhealthy preservatives. Instead, salt and red wine vinegar to a lesser extent acts as preservatives. Admirably, this jerky qualifies to have no MSG added.
CRAZY COWBOY JERKY – TERIYAKI BEEF JERKY
Written by guest jerky reviewer Stéphane Leclerc
WTF is that, is it a new form of torture? The Crazy Cowboy Teriyaki Jerky opens up with an awful taste of God knows what and then, it doesn’t get any better from there.
I am sure you’d send this stuff to a famine stricken third country and it would come right back with a note: “Thanks but we’re not that hungry!” This jerky is probably the reason why dogs had to learn to lick their own A$$e$ so they could change the foul taste out of their mouths.
At the end of the day, this jerky in inedible and tastes absolutely nothing like jerky let alone a Teriyaki flavor. It does not deserve anything above 0/10 taste rating, as this has to be the worst jerky I have ever encountered.
Here is what Mark had to say about this teriyaki beef jerky flavor from Crazy Cowboy Jerky: “Thanks Stéphane for the honest taste review. I was so relieved that you also saw the light with this jerky. This is a very rare taste review, where we have zero collaboration. Immediately, I detect a familiar certain big brand private labeler unique disgusting processed beef flavor. If you can even call it ‘beef’.”
“The teriyaki flavor itself is not quite as bad as Stéphane states, but it’s awfully hard to get around this gross, overpowering processed ‘beef’ jerky flavor. I can barely get myself to consume even a few small strips with no desire whatsoever to finish the bag.
I passionately did not subject the Group of Seven save for Stéphane and I to this foul tasting jerky. Our Jerky Ingredients mascot whippet Lexi however still devoured the remains of the jerky bag with zero visible complaints.”
This non-resealable professional looking plastic bag has everything imprinted on to the bag itself, both on the front and back. On the front is an illustration of a cowboy with a toothpick in his mouth.
There are some slogans printed such as “Reward Yourself”, “Crazy Cowboy”, “The Beef Jerky Bandit”, and “Crazy Good Day Night”. Some facts printed on this bag are “No MSG added”, “No Preservatives”, “No Nitrates”, “Gluten Free”, “18 Grams Protein”, “All Natural”, “High Protein”, and “Extra Tender”.
Some missing bag categories are a transparent window to view the actual jerky, sesame/soy allergen alerts, and a blurb printed about Crazy Cowboy Jerky, and/or this teriyaki flavor. Commendably, a toll free phone number is provided for customer inquiries.