In 2012 I made an online purchase of Holston Mountain Beef Jerky. This review will focus on a 4 ounce/113 gram bag of their peppered flavor.
Holston Mountain Beef Jerky is distributed under the same name, Holston Mountain Beef Jerky, located in Bluff City, Tennessee. Holston Mountain Beef Jerky is prepared in small, hand sliced batches. Gary Graybeal, the founder of Holston Mountain Beef Jerky, started this company in 1992. As with most jerky makers, it started with homemade jerky. Inspired by the demand created by his friends and family, Gary expanded his operation from recreational to commercial.
Ingredients: Beef, Worcestershire Sauce, Soy Sauce and Spices. Allergen Warnings: Soy, Wheat
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.
Jerky makers by law are not required to breakdown all of their ingredients, as is the case here with Holston Mountain Beef Jerky. The ingredients used in the marinade are Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce. Their ingredients are not listed.
With this being a peppered flavored jerky, there was loads of the super healthy black pepper used in this jerky.
There is no nutrition facts table provided. As a result, the exact sugar and salt levels are unknown.
There is no sodium nitrite, or any other similar unhealthy preservative. Instead, salt is the main preservative. This jerky does qualify to have no MSG added.
Good (8/10) – Ingredient Rating
The taste notes indicated this was a decent tasting jerky. On the Holston Mountain Beef Jerky web site, this jerky is advertised to be soft and tender. However, my notes indicated that this jerky just had a normal texture. This jerky did have a peppery taste, where even today there is still some loose cracked black pepper in the bag.
I paid $7.00 for this 4 ounce/113 gram bag. That works out to $1.75 an ounce. In 2014, this same bag of jerky still costs $7.00. That rates as an average price. Considering how much the price of beef has risen since 2012, Holston Mountain Beef Jerky should be commended for not rising their price. This jerky is a good buy.
We have a fairly wide plastic bag here that is almost square in size, instead of the normal rectangular shape. This bag is transparent, resealable, with only a label affixed, and nothing on the back.
There are a number of bag categories not covered with this bag. Missing are allergen alerts, a nutrition facts table, bar code, distributor address details, the jerky weight not stated in grams, a blurb about Holston Mountain Beef Jerky, slogans, a full ingredient list, a best before date, USDA inspected stamp, and originality. Holston Mountain Beef Jerky does deserve credit for displaying their phone number on the bag for customer inquiries.
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