The next review on Jerky’s Gourmet of San Diego will focus on a 3 ounce/85 gram bag of their BBQ Mesquite 100% grass-fed beef jerky flavor. This jerky was kindly submitted for review by one of the co-founders, Tim Gertsman.
This Jerky’s Gourmet of San Diego jerky brand name is distributed by Jerky’s Gourmet, fittingly located in San Diego, California. Co-founders Tim Gertsman and Andria Taylor teamed up together in 2013 to launch this Jerky’s Gourmet of San Diego brand of jerky. Only 100% grass-fed beef is used in their jerky. They offer a number of different jerky styles such as classics, paleo friendly, soy free, and alcohol infused.
Ingredients: Beef, Tomato Juice, Gluten Free Soy Sauce (Water, Rice, Soybeans, Salt), Natural Smoke Flavor (Water, Natural Hickory Smoke Concentrate), Water, Brown Sugar, Vinegar, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Spices, Onion, Garlic. Allergen Warnings: Soy
The cattle used is confirmed to be 100% grass-fed, sourced from a farm in Eugene, Oregon. They are also ethically raised, meaning they are not administered growth hormones or additional antibiotics.
The liquid marinade is comprised of tomato juice, a good gluten free soy sauce, water, liquid hickory smoke, healthy vinegar, and extra virgin olive oil. Tomatoes are loaded with the very healthy antioxidant lycopene. Extra virgin olive oil, if manufactured properly, offers many health benefits, including healthy unsaturated fatty acids.
Super healthy vegetables onion and garlic are used. There are also some healthy unspecified spices added.
The sugar level is very low at only 1 gram of sugar per 28 grams of jerky. The salt level is extremely low at only 85mg of salt per 28 grams of jerky.
Kudos to Jerky’s Gourmet of San Diego for having no sodium nitrite, or any other similar unhealthy preservatives. Instead, the main preservative used is salt. Admirably, there is no MSG added.
Excellent (10/10) – Ingredient Rating
These hand sliced strips of jerky are small to medium in size, and sliced to a medium thickness. They have a great dry texture that is generally easy to chew. There are no visible signs of fat, and handling this jerky leaves no oily residue on your fingers.
The first taste detected is a tasty tomato flavor at a medium level. There is a mild sweetness, and this flavor is barely salty. The soy flavor is mild, and there is a pleasant light smoked flavor in the background.
Surprisingly, and as a bonus, there is a light spiciness to this flavor. Both the garlic and onion are faint tasting. Overall, this jerky delivers in bringing a tasty barbecue flavor that leaves you wanting more.
This 2.75 ounce/78 gram bag sells online for $8.99. That works out to $3.00 an ounce, which rates as an expensive price. This jerky is certainly recommended from a health perspective, and also recommended for anybody who enjoys a barbecue based flavor.
Excellent (10/10) – Taste Rating
This is a standard sized resealable bag. There is a label affixed to the front, and nothing on the back. There is a high resolution picture of a bowl that appears to contain a barbecue sauce.
Some facts printed on the bag are “100% Grass Fed Beef”, “Premium Jerky”, “Gluten Free”, “Low in Sodium”, “No Preservatives”, “No Nitrites\Nitrates”, “No Hormones”, “No Antibiotics”, and “Natural Smoke Flavor Added”.
All major bag categories are covered. The only minor bag category missing is that the jerky weight is not stated in grams.
Order their jerky online: www.jerkysgourmet.com
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