The next review on Indiana Craft Jerky will focus on a 2.5 ounce/71 gram bag of their sriracha beef jerky flavor. This jerky was kindly submitted for review by the president of Indiana Craft Jerky, Michelle Twaddell.
This Indiana Craft Jerky brand name is distributed by Indiana Craft Jerky LLC., located in Avon, Indiana. Michelle and her husband Ron launched their jerky brand in April 2015. Recently, Indiana Craft Jerky formed a relationship with Tyler Pond Farm, where a 100% grass-fed beef jerky line is sold at their farm. Also recently, a relationship was formed with Empirical Brewery, where a new Smoked Paprika Porter beef jerky flavor was created. Ron has been busy creating a custom built dehydrator, which should be operational soon. New flavors and snack packs are also being developed.
Ingredients: Lean Beef, Soy Sauce (Water, Wheat, Soybeans, Salt, Sodium Benzoate), Worcestershire Sauce (Water, Salt, Vinegar, Caramel Color, Citric Acid, Propylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Artificial Color), Sriracha Sauce, Red Pepper Flakes. Allergen Warnings: Soy, Wheat
The beef is sourced from a local butcher named Moody Meats, which is a 5th generation family run business. They source beef from local farms, and their own farm. The cattle do have some free range access to graze on grass. There are no guarantees that the cattle are not administered growth hormones.
The liquid marinade is comprised of a poor Worcestershire sauce, an average soy sauce, and sriracha sauce. Note: the highly respected Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce is now being used in all of their jerky flavors.
The heat in this flavor is from the sriracha sauce and red hot chili pepper flakes. As a general rule, hot peppers are healthy if eaten in moderation, which flushes toxins out of our bodies.
There is no nutrition facts table provided. As a result, the exact sugar and salt levels are unknown. Based on the taste alone, the sugar level appears to be minimal, and the salt level seems average.
This jerky does qualify to have no sodium nitrite, or any other similar unhealthy preservatives. Instead, the main preservative used is salt. Admirably, there is no MSG added.
Decent (7/10) – Ingredient Rating
These strips of jerky are mainly medium in size, and sliced thin. They have a somewhat dry texture that is relatively easy to chew because the strips are sliced thin. There are very little visible signs of fat, and handling this jerky leaves no oily residue on your fingers.
The first taste detected is a fairly strong combination of Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce. There is a mild, pleasant spiciness from the sriracha sauce. With the addition of hot pepper flakes, the heat gets a little more intense. On a heat scale, it would rate about a 2 out of 5.
The salt level is at a moderate level. There is no sweetness, which allows the natural beef flavor to stand out. Overall, a tasty snack with a mild level of spiciness.
This 2.5 ounce/71 gram bag sells online for $9.00. That works out to $3.60 an ounce, which rates as an expensive price. While it’s not cheap, this jerky is recommended as worth your money for people who enjoy the tastes of Worcestershire/soy sauce, natural beef flavor, and some spiciness.
Very Good (9/10) – Taste Rating
This resealable plastic bag has a label affixed to both the front and back. Their logo is a circle with M&R in the middle, which stands for husband and wife Michelle and Ron.
Their slogan is “Hand Made”. Each flavor has a drawing to the left of the flavor name, where for this sriracha flavor, it is a picture of a rooster, which is on bottles of sriracha sauce. There is a small blurb printed about this flavor: “A little heat, and whole lot of flavor”. Something appreciated is that the bag displays the heat and sweetness levels.
The majority of bag categories are covered here. Some missing categories are a nutrition facts table, and the jerky weight is not stated in grams. To the credit of Indiana Craft Jerky, a phone number is provided for customer inquiries.
Order their jerky online: www.indianacraftjerky.com
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