The next review on Mountain Man will focus on a 1.8 ounce/50 gram bag of their honey garlic flavored beef jerky. This jerky was graciously submitted for review by Robert Lahue, the owner of Mountain Man beef jerky.
This jerky is distributed by Robert Lahue, and located in Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada. This is review #13 done to date for Mountain Man since 2014. All of the flavors so far have rated very well in the taste ratings. If you like one of the Mountain Man flavors, you will likely enjoy them all. Every flavor more or less shares a base of ingredients, where the quantities are adjusted to suit each flavor.
Ingredients: Beef Slices, Liquid Honey, Garlic Juice, Pineapple Juice, Brown Sugar, Liquid Hickory Smoke, Sherry, Onion Juice, Vinegar, Molasses, Salt, 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 a busy liquid marinade here with honey, pineapple juice, liquid hickory smoke, garlic juice, sherry, onion juice, and vinegar. Honey, if manufactured minimally, offers multiple health benefits. Garlic and onion juice are also very healthy. They are both from the allium family, which heals people differently from person to person, aiding the individual’s weakest areas.
The sugar level used here is not known. Being a sweet based flavor, you would have to think it is fairly high. The salt level is high at around 410mg of salt per 28 grams of jerky. Our preference is 350mg of salt or less.
This jerky does qualify to have no sodium nitrite, or any other similar unhealthy preservatives. Instead, salt is the main preservative used, and vinegar to a lesser extent. As a plus, this jerky also qualifies to have no MSG added.
Decent (7/10) – Ingredient Rating
These jerky strips are small to medium in size, with a medium thickness. While not right or wrong, this jerky is cut against the grain, where normally jerky is sliced with the grain.
The texture is dry, but not too dry, which results in jerky that is reasonably easy to chew. There are some visible signs of fat that add to the overall natural beef flavor. Handling this jerky leaves no oily residue on your fingers.
Right away there is an enjoyable blend of tastes detected. The garlic is at a good moderate level. There is a mild pineapple flavor, and a light onion taste. As for the honey, it is noticeable, but at a light to mild level.
For a sweet based honey flavor, the sweetness is at a mild level. There is a light smoked taste in the background, and the saltiness is at a mild level. Overall, this flavor manages to capture a honey garlic flavor, but more so with the garlic.
This 1.8 ounce/50 gram bag of jerky retails for $5.00. That works out to $2.78 an ounce, which would rate as an expensive price. This jerky is recommended for people who enjoy the flavor of honey, and especially garlic.
Very Good (9/10) – Taste Rating
This is not your typical jerky bag, mainly because the label is printed lengthwise instead of heightwise. The label on the front covers the entire bag, and there is nothing on the back. Most important, this jerky is vacuum sealed, the best way to help preserve the jerky.
On the label there is a picture of Robert Lahue with a mountain in the background, where British Columbia has many mountains. The Mountain Man brand name curves along the mountain peak. The slogan is “The Best in the West”. Facts printed on the bag are “no nitrates”, “no msg”, “no gluten”, “no soy”, and “no preservatives”.
Another interesting fact stated on the bag is “Did you know: It takes 1/2 pound of fresh meat to make this pack”. While there is no Canadian Department of Agriculture or British Columbia Department of Agriculture stamp printed anywhere, it does explicitly state on the bag itself that this jerky was made and packaged in a commercially licensed facility.
All important bag categories are covered here. To the credit of Robert, he supplies an email address, and a phone number for customer inquiries. As per Canadian law, there are French translations provided.
The honey garlic flavored 1.8 ounce/50 gram bag listed at the bottom was part of an online purchase in 2012. The ingredient list has since been slightly tweaked.
Check out their web site: www.mountainmanbeefjerky.com
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