For three generations, the Klein family has been making meat snacks. Originally a sausage producer and delicatessen, Alberta Fancy Sausage Ltd. was founded in 1971. When the switch was made from delicatessen to beef jerky manufacturer, Big Chief Meat Snacks’ new jerky brand evolved. Family-owned, Big Chief Meat Snacks Inc. promotes active lifestyles and a balanced diet. People referred to the founder William Klein as “Big Chief”, and how the Big Chief jerky brand name was adopted. This Big Chief Meat Snacks jerky brand name is distributed under Big Chief Meat Snacks Inc., and it is located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
The next review on Big Chief Meat Snacks will focus on a 0.88 ounce/25 gram bag of their original flavoured beef jerky stick. This flavour is described as using their signature blend of spices and authentic Canadian beef to create a tender and savoury beef snack to tingle your tastebuds. This jerky was graciously submitted by Marketing & Social Media Coordinator, Tanner Thompson.
Ingredients: Beef, Salt, Sugars (Sugar, Dextrose, Maltodextrin), Monosodium Glutamate, Spices, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Sodium Erythorbate, Yeast Extract, Sodium Nitrite, Natural Smoke Flavour. Allergen Warnings: Soy
The locally sourced beef used from Alberta is not guaranteed to be free of growth hormones or additional antibiotics. The cattle are 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 Very Good (9/10) rating.
The only healthy ingredients added are spices.
There is no nutrition facts table provided. As a result, the exact sugar and sodium levels are unknown.
This jerky does not qualify to be MSG-free, as the flavour enhancer monosodium glutamate (MSG) is used outright to lose a rating. The highly processed cheap flavour enhancer hydrolyzed soy protein is used to lose another rating.
BIG CHIEF MEAT SNACKS – ORIGINAL BEEF STICK
Written by guest jerky reviewer Paul Rekker
When I bite into the meat stick, I taste salt, pepper, garlic, onion, soy, and natural beef. The meat stick has a darker hue than most run of the mill beef sticks (pepperettes) that you see in most convenience stores and the like. The meat stick is soft and moist, and it leaves a bit of oily residue on your fingers.
As far as the taste goes, it is delicious! A clear step way above most meat sticks as far as the flavour goes. An original flavour should not be this tasty. I can’t stop eating it. It is hitting on all cylinders.
Big Chief, you have done Canadians proud, especially Calgarians. We can now boast a delectable meat stick from our own country. Just as the Raptors and the Blue Jays proudly represent all us Canadians, so too does Big Chief now represent all us Canadians proudly. Tip your cap Big Chief, you guys ROCK!!!
A definite 10/10 in the flavour category. A very enthusiastic two thumbs up!!👍👍 Gentlemen?
Here is what Mark had to say about this original beef stick flavour from Big Chief Meat Snacks: “Thanks Paul for the fantastic taste review. The texture is greasier than most meat sticks, but I suppose that’s what gives it so much flavour. I could detect the MSG for sure. Nonetheless, this meat stick flavour profile is very well-balanced, and is downright addictive tasting. It is a refreshing change to eat a meat stick without other meats added such as pork.”
“Due to COVID-19, we are down to four members from the Group of Seven. Stéphane was very impressed with this meat stick. While he was at a 10 rating also, Stéphane pointed out that this meat stick is quite greasy. Mark M. loved the flavour, stating ‘an 11 rating’. Take a well-deserved bow Big Chief Meat Snacks, you have a winner here.”
This plastic bag has everything imprinted directly on the front of the bag. A graphic is displayed on the back of a cow’s head that cleverly has the B from the Big Chief logo. This bag is vacuum-sealed, the best way to keep a meat stick fresh tasting.
There are no slogans printed on this bag. The only fact printed on this bag is “Chopped and Formed”.
The only bag categories missing are a blurb printed about Big Chief Meat Snacks and this original flavour. There is not enough space available, so no ratings are deducted. Commendably, a telephone number is displayed for customer inquiries.
Order their jerky online: www.bigchiefmeatsnacks.com