Note: For a recent, live taste review, open Tillamook Country Smoker – Smokey Teriyaki Review #3.
The next review on Tillamook Country Smoker will be on a 2.8 ounce/80 gram bag of their teriyaki special flavor. This bag was purchased at an Esso gas station (Canadian equivalent to Exxon) in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, in July 2014.
The Tillamook Country Smoker jerky brand name is manufactured and distributed by Tillamook Country Smoker Inc., located in Bay City, Tillamook County, Oregon. They have been in business for over 50 years. It all started with providing jerky to brave pioneers who often walked every step of the 2000 mile long grueling Oregon Trail. According to Tillamook Country Smoker, the original Oregonians, the Native Americans indigenous to the area, taught settlers how to make jerky.
Ingredients: Contains Beef, Water, Brown Sugar, Sugar, Salt, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Spice, Papaya Juice, Vinegar, Monosodium Glutamate, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Citric Acid, Soy Sauce Powder [Soy Sauce (Wheat, Soybeans, Salt), Maltodextrin, Salt], Sodium Nitrite and Smoke. Allergen Warnings: Soy, Wheat
Due to the volume of beef utilized daily at Tillamook Country Smoker, there is no guarantee that the beef used is not fed growth hormones and/or additional antibiotics. The same would be true for partially grass fed cattle. As a result, the highest ingredient rating that can be awarded is a Good (8/10) rating.
The liquid marinade consists of water, papaya juice, and vinegar. The healthy papaya fruit has an enzyme named papain, which is widely used in the food industry as a natural meat tenderizer.
There are some healthy ingredients used such as spices, onion powder, and garlic powder.
The sugar level is high at 8 grams of sugar per 28 grams of jerky. For a sweet based flavor such as teriyaki, 5 grams of sugar or less is preferred. The salt level is extremely high at 650mg of salt per 28 grams of jerky. Our preference is 250mg of salt or less.
As for preservatives, unhealthy sodium nitrite is used. The unhealthy monosodium glutamate (MSG) is used, along with the even worse flavor enhancer hydrolyzed soy protein.
Bad (3/10) – Ingredient Rating
Note: For a recent, live taste review, open Tillamook Country Smoker Smokey Teriyaki Review #3.
When I came into possession of this bag, it had already long been expired. As a result, we were unable to do a taste review.
This 2.8 ounce/80 gram bag of Tillamook Country Smoker teriyaki flavor cost $5.79. That works out to $2.07 an ounce, which is an average price for jerky. This particular ingredient list is no longer available for sale.
Everything is imprinted directly on this bag, on both the front and back. There is one curious sticker affixed, stating the jerky was “100% Made With Canadian Beef”. On the bag it states an “Easy Open Resealable Bag”. Well, the bag is not exactly easy to open, and even more curious, is not resealable.
The Tillamook Country Smoker company registered trademark logo is a circle with a ‘T’ in the middle. On the back of the bag, there is an informative blurb describing Tillamook Country Smoker and their jerky.
There are many facts printed on this bag such as “Naturally Wood Smoked”, “97% Fat Free”, “Made With Canadian Beef”, “Taste is Everything!”, “Made With Solid Strips Of Beef”, and “Product of U.S.A.”.
All bag categories are covered. Surprisingly there are French translations for everything.
Order their jerky online: www.tcsjerky.com
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