This is one of those great finds, where it makes all the work of searching for jerky from store to store, city to city worthwhile. You never know what to expect, and much of it is dumb luck. In 2011, I purchased this 3.25 ounce/92 gram bag of honey teriyaki flavored beef jerky at a convenience store in San Clemente, California.
This Sierra Madre Provision Co. brand of jerky is made and distributed by Sierra Madre Provissions Co., which not too surprising, is located in Sierra Madre, California, which is a picturesque little town that does not even have a traffic light, located in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. They offer 6 different styles of jerky, in 16 different flavors.
Ingredients: Beef, Brown Sugar, Teriyaki Sauce (Soy Sauce (Water, Wheat, Soybeans, Salt), Wine, Sugar, Vinegar, Salt, Spices, Onion, Succinic Acid, Garlic, Sodium Benzoate), Honey, Vinegar, Corn Syrup Solids, Pineapple Juice, Ginger, Garlic Allergen Warnings: Soy, Wheat
Fresh ranch raised beef is used, which qualifies to have some free range access. This beef is also ethically raised with no growth hormones or added antibiotics. The beef is hand sliced.
The liquid marinade is comprised of an average teriyaki sauce, healthy honey and vinegar, and pineapple juice. There is an enzyme named bromelain in pineapples that acts as a natural meat tenderizer.
It is disappointing to see the highly refined sweetener corn syrup solids used, which is dried corn syrup in powdered form. On a better note, the vegetables ginger and garlic are extremely healthy.
There is no nutrition facts table provided. As a result, the exact sugar and salt levels are not known. A teriyaki based flavor is normally sweet. Brown sugar is second on the list by weight, so you would think there is a considerable amount of sugar used. Teriyaki based sauces are usually salty also.
This jerky does qualify to have no sodium nitrite, or any other unhealthy similar preservatives. Instead, salt is the main preservative. Vinegar also acts a preservative to a lesser extent. This jerky also qualifies to have no MSG added.
Good (8/10) – Ingredient Rating
With my apologies to Sierra Madre Provissions Co., disappointingly on my part, I kept no taste notes whatsoever on this jerky. Unfortunately I do not even remember the taste all that well. I do remember not being disappointed. From what I recall, the strips were of medium thickness.
I paid $5.99 for this 3.25 ounce/92 gram bag of jerky, which works out $1.84 an ounce. That would rate as an average price, which was worth the money.
A number of jerky makers use this exact bag, which is quite big, and long in size. On the front, there is just a company logo label affixed. Curiously there is another sticker, stating that this is a honey flavor of beef jerky. However, on the back, there is another label attached, which I believe accurately states this flavor as honey teriyaki.
Some of the Sierra Madre Provision Co. slogans used are “Quality is our watchword”, “We do Jerky”, “Quality You Can Taste” and “Truly a cut above”.
There are some bag categories missing here. Most notably missing is a nutrition facts table. Also missing is the weight not stated in grams. There is no blurb printed on this bag about the jerky or flavor.
Order their jerky online: www.sierramadreprovision.com
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