The next review for Savage Jerky Co. will be on a 3 ounce/85 gram bag of their habanero buffalo style 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 by husband and wife Brad and Michelle Summey. They are located in Sunawee, Georgia. They currently carry three styles of flavors: Mojos, Sriracha, and Buffalo, for a total of nine different flavors. In the first year of being in business, Savage Jerky Co. can already boast that they have over 10,000 unique customers. Earlier this year they won some awards for their jerky, including first place awards in the mild/medium and hot divisions. Quite the feat in such a short period, and a testament to the quality of their jerky.
Ingredients: Beef, Hot Sauce (Aged Cayenne Red Peppers, Distilled Vinegar, Water, Salt, Garlic Powder), Lime Juice, Brown Sugar, Habanero Peppers, Vinegar, Molasses, Sea 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.
The liquid marinade consists of a healthy hot sauce, lime juice, and healthy vinegar. Limes are high in vitamin C, and offer many health benefits.
The heat comes from the hot sauce, and habanero peppers. As a general rule, hot peppers are healthy if eaten in moderation, to flush toxins out of your body.
The sugar level used here is respectable at 3 gram of sugar per 28 grams of jerky. The salt level is decent at 330mg 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. 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 no residue on your fingers. The strips are visibly coated with spices.
The first taste detected are mild lime and vinegar flavors, which helps offset the heat to a certain extent. This jerky does manage to capture the buffalo style flavor, where it’s akin to eating buffalo style chicken wings. The hot sauce used here is delicious.
There is an overall good level of heat here, where you can feel the habanero burn in your mouth. This flavor is advertised to be a 3 out of 4 on the heat scale, where it could also be considered a 2 out of 4 depending on your tolerance of heat. This jerky is not too sweet tasting, and the salt level is mild. Overall, a very tasty and enjoyable snack.
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 certainly recommended as worth your money for people who enjoy the burn of habanero peppers, and a great tasting buffalo style flavor.
Excellent (10/10) – 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 flavor name has a small sticker to the right of the flavor name, stating ‘Style’, so not to confuse this as being buffalo jerky.
The Savage Jerky Co. logo is a silhouette of a bearded man (savage). Their slogans are “Hand-Crafted”, “Small Batch”, “Buffalo Sauce Infused”, and “Eat like a savage”.
The only minor bag category missing is the 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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