This Joe’s Wicked Good Jerky brand name is based out of Redding, California, owned by Traci and her husband Joe Nixt. Joe started making jerky in the late 1980’s, sharing his jerky among friends and family. For many years Joe wanted to launch a jerky company. When Traci and Joe mutually committed to the idea, they launched their jerky business in March 2015. They pride themselves on offering the best quality service. Both the marinade and beef are purchased locally in Northern California. The beef is advertised to use an extra-lean cut of top round beef. There are currently four different flavors available, where the recipes are always evolving, with plans to offer more flavors in the future.
Ingredients: Beef, Marinade (Soy Sauce [Water, Wheat, Soybeans, Salt], Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Mirin (Water, Dextrose, Mirin [Rice, Alcohol, Salt], Lactic and Succinic Acids), Water, Dehydrated Garlic, Spice, Modified Corn Starch, Sunflower Oil), Marinade (Soy Sauce [Water, Wheat, Soybeans, Salt, Sodium Benzoate: Less than 0.1% to preserve freshness], Rehydrated Onions, Garlic, Caramel, Vinegar, Apple Juice Concentrate, Carrots, Celery, Cabbage, Parsley, Turnips, Natural Flavors, Spices, Citric Acid, Malic Acid). Allergen Warnings: Soy, Wheat
While not 100% guaranteed, the cattle imported from New Zealand and Australia are believed to be ethically raised, meaning the cattle are never administered growth hormones. The cattle are guaranteed to have some partial free range access to graze on grass, just the way nature intended.
The liquids in this marinade are comprised of a decent soy sauce twice, mirin, water, vinegar, and sunflower oil twice. Mirin is a Japanese cooking wine, often rice based. Sunflower oil is a healthy choice, and is full of healthy fats, but should be consumed in moderation.
The only complaints here is that the marinade uses highly processed and unhealthy high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). To a lesser extent, modified corn starch is used, where corn based products have no business being in jerky.
There is no nutrition facts table provided. As a result, the exact sugar and salt levels are unknown.
This jerky does qualify to have no sodium nitrite, or use any other similar unhealthy preservatives. Instead, the main preservative used is salt. To the credit of Joe’s Wicked Good Jerky, there is no MSG added.
These jerky strips are mainly small to medium in size, and sliced to a medium thickness. They are borderline dry, and are relatively easy to chew. There are very little visible signs of fat, and handling these strips leaves no oily residue on your fingers.
A mild to moderate soy flavor is detected first. There is a good light level of both onion and garlic. One aspect of this flavor that puts it over the top is a very savory flavor from the vegetables. For an original based jerky, it is bursting with flavor, and far from being a boring or regular tasting flavor.
There is a moderate saltiness, and a light peppered flavor. There is only a mild sweetness, which allows a good deal of natural beef flavor. Another interesting aspect to this flavor is a mild level of the wine mirin. Overall, an extremely enjoyable flavor that leaves you wanting more, making it wicked good tasting.
This 3 ounce/85 gram bag sells online for $6.00. That works out to $2.00 an ounce, which rates as an average price. This flavor is certainly recommended from taste, price and ingredients perspectives, it’s a treat to eat.
This is a standard resealable plastic bag that has a label affixed to the front, and a small sticker on the back. Their company logo is a bull’s skull. There are no slogans or facts printed on this bag.
Many bag categories are covered here. Some missing categories are a nutrition facts table, allergen alerts, a blurb about the company or flavor, and the jerky weight not stated in grams. To the credit of Joe’s Wicked Good Jerky, a phone number is provided for customer inquiries.
Order their jerky online: www.joeswickedgoodjerky.com