It is always newsworthy when new jerky makers agree to submit their jerky for review here on JerkyIngredients.com. In this latest round, four more jerky makers came forward with their jerky samples. That brings the total to 9 jerky makers who have submitted their jerky for review. In total 14 jerky makers have agreed to submit jerky, but the current 9 jerky maker submissions will keep us plenty busy for a while. Starting in October 2014, there will be a PO mailbox in Buffalo, New York, available for USA jerky makers.
As a result with this recent spate of jerky submissions, we are going to start a streak of only doing live taste reviews, which will include over 10 unopened bags purchased in 2013 and 2014. We will try and keep the “old, scant notes” taste reviews to a minimum.
While currently at 68 brands, we are trying to introduce many more jerky brands. However, we owe a service to the jerky makers who have currently submitted their jerky for review. In due time, we will easily double our current count of 68 jerky brands.
For any other jerky makers who want to submit their jerky for review, please email us at email@example.com, although it will be a month or two before we accept any more submissions. As a show of gratitude, for any jerky submitted, for free, we are willing to put an advertisement, and links to any social media web sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, etc., under your reviews.
Special thanks in this round go out to Kevin Stemmler at Stemmler Meats, the Black Tiger Jerky team at Black Tiger, Angela Dellinger at Angelo’s, and Cara Wenrich at Crazy Horse Jerky.
The first Stemmler Meats store opened its doors in 1985 by the founders Gerard and Maryanne Stemmler. Today, they own a much larger store, located in Heidelberg, Ontario, which is in the Waterloo region. Their sons Kevin, Shawn, and Terry continue on with the family business, and now run its daily operations. Their meats, cheese, produce, and baked goods come from a local community of farming families. They provide food options that are gluten, MSG, lactose, and nitrate free. For an impressive list of awards that Stemmler Meats have achieved, see their awards page.
Kevin Stemmler kindly submitted their four flavors of beef jerky for review: Regular, Honey, Teriyaki, and Hot. Stemmler Meats earns the distinction of being the first Canadian jerky maker to submit jerky for review here on JerkyIngredients.com.
For more information visit www.stemmlermeats.ca
I first discovered Angelo’s Meats and Sausage through an online purchase that I made in August 2013. Angelo Ibleto has been supplying Sonoma County, California, with delicious specialty meats, salsas, and garlic products from his butchery for decades. When you approach the Angelo’s Meat and Sausage store, the air is heavy with spices, brine, smoke, and grease, all the smells of a busy smokehouse. With Angelo’s Italian heritage, his brother Arturo ‘Art’ Ibelto is known as the ‘Pasta King’. Angelo’s Meat and Sausage make a wide variety of products, and are available for catering. Like myself, Angelo is a garlic fanatic, where most of his products including jerky contain garlic.
The self-styled King of Jerky, Angelo Ibleto, also produces 18 varieties of sausages. Angela Dellinger from Angelo’s Meats and Sausage kindly submitted four of their beef jerky flavors for review: Teriyaki, Barbecue, Cajun, and Peppered.
For more information visit www.angelossmokehouse.com
By fluke, I initially discovered Black Tiger jerky at a convenience store in Los Angeles, California, ten minutes away from LAX airport. Black Tiger Jerky, located in La Mirada, California, started with a goal to sell the very best natural jerky products, using only the finest meats and ingredients. They continue to grow and expand their line of premium, bold and exotic jerkys, which include premium beef jerky, turkey jerky, ahi tuna jerky, and exotic jerky such as buffalo and venison. No nitrites/nitrates are ever used. Premium herb/spice blends are used on lean, whole sliced cuts of meat.
The Black Tiger Jerky team kindly submitted their Whiskey beef jerky, The Legend Spicy beef jerky, and Teriyaki Honey Spice turkey jerky flavors for review.
For more information visit www.blacktigerjerky.com
Crazy Horse Jerky
In December 2011, I made an online order for Crazy Horse Jerky, not too long after they first started selling jerky online. Crazy Horse Jerky is located in Hellam, Pennsylvania, also known as Pennsylvania Dutch Country, and run by Dave Wenrich, his wife Cara, and their children. They use recipes passed down from four generations. Crazy Horse Jerky truly uses a smokehouse, where humorously, in their words, “liquid smoke is a disgusting insult to the world of jerky”. Their 100% natural, preservative free jerky is smoked to perfection in small batches, using maple and fruit woods in their custom smokehouse. They only use the finest USDA choice certified bottom round beef.
Cara Wenrich kindly submitted all four of their beef jerky flavors: Original, Cajun, Sweet, and Steakhouse. My most vivid memory of Crazy Horse Jerky is that every slab of meat appeared to be carefully, hand prepared, akin to eating a fine steak.
For more information visit www.crazyhorsejerky.com