The next review for Savage Jerky Co. will be on a 3 ounce/85 gram bag of their mojo jalapeno flavored beef jerky. This bag was kindly submitted for review by the Savage Jerky Co. team.
The Savage Jerky Co. brand name was launched in 2014. They are located in Lawrenceville, Georgia, and incidentally the first jerky maker reviewed to date based out of Georgia. On a road trip in the summer of 2013, the owners Brad and Michelle Summey were disappointed with the jerky selection at gas stations. In their words: “full of the same mediocre, dry and often bland varieties of beef jerky”. Less than a year later the Savage Jerky Co. brand name was introduced. Their jerky is advertised as natural, and hand crafted, which has a unique flavor.
Ingredients: Beef, Lime Juice, Water, Orange Juice, Lemon Juice, Molasses, Sea Salt, Brown Sugar, Garlic, Onion, Black Pepper, Powdered Garlic, Cilantro, Coriander, Oregano, Jalapeno Pepper, Spices.
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.
We have an interesting citrus based liquid marinade consisting of lime juice, water, orange juice, and lemon juice. Juices are decent, but overrated on how healthy they are.
The heat comes from the cayenne pepper, jalapeno pepper, and likely other hot peppers. As a general rule, hot peppers are healthy if eaten in moderation, to flush toxins out of your body.
Garlic and onion offer many health benefits. Many of the best spices in the world are used here. The most interesting spice used is oregano, which contains many essential vitamins.
The sugar level used here is highly respectable at only 1 gram of sugar per 28 grams of jerky. The salt level is also quite respectable at 150mg of salt per 28 grams of jerky.
Salt is imperative to keep jerky fresh. It is great to see that mineral rich sea salt is used, as opposed to highly refined table salt. This jerky does qualify to have no sodium nitrite, or any other similar unhealthy preservative. Also admirably, there is no MSG added.
Good (8/10) – Ingredient Rating
These jerky strips are medium to small in size, and sliced to a medium thickness. There is a dry texture, but not overly dry. The texture is about perfect, and relatively easy to chew. There are no visible signs of fat, and handling this jerky leaves a slight residue on your fingers. The strips are visibly coated with spices.
The first taste detected is a moderate citrus flavor. There is a great medley of other spices. This jerky is mildly salty, and not sweet tasting. A light level of garlic is detected.
As for the heat, it does not disappoint. This flavor is advertised as a 2 out of 4 on the heat scale. It is at least that, and possibly more. The only complaint is that while there is plenty of heat, there is not much of a jalapeno flavor, it tastes more like a hot chili pepper.
This 3 ounce/85 gram bag sells online for $7.99. That works out to $2.67 an ounce, which rates as an expensive price. One bonus is that shipping within the U.S.A. is only $4.99. This jerky is absolutely worth your money for people who enjoy a hot flavored jerky.
Very Good (9/10) – Taste Rating
This is a standard sized resealable bag. Everything is imprinted directly on the bag on the front, and the back, with one exception. The ingredient list is a professionally affixed label.
The Savage Jerky Co. logo is a silhouette of a bearded man (savage). Their slogans are “Hand-Crafted”, “Small Batch”, and “Eat like a savage”.
The only minor bag category missing isthe jerky weight not being stated in grams. On the back, there is a great blurb printed about Savage Jerky Co., and how Brad and Michelle started their own jerky company.
Order their jerky online: www.savagejerky.com
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