The next review on Mountain Man will focus on a 1.8 ounce/50 gram bag of their Truly Canadian Flavour beef jerky. What makes this flavor truly Canadian is having a great deal of maple syrup. This jerky was kindly submitted for review by Robert Lahue, the owner of Mountain Man beef jerky.
This jerky is distributed by Robert Lahue, and is located in Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada. If you were to look at Revelstoke on a map, it is surrounded by Mountains. All of the 15+ Mountain Man beef jerky reviews done to date have rated very well. They all share a base ingredient list of garlic juice, onion juice, pineapple juice, sherry, molasses, brown sugar, and liquid hickory smoke, where the quantities are adjusted to suit each flavor. Mountain Man carries an impressive 18 different flavors.
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 maple syrup, pineapple juice, liquid hickory smoke, garlic juice, sherry, onion juice, and vinegar. Maple syrup contains many antioxidants and nutrients. It should, however, be eaten in moderation, and is a great substitute for sugar.
The sugar level used here is not known. 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.
These jerky strips are small to medium in size, with a medium thickness. 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 a little bit of oily residue on your fingers.
The first taste detected is a mild sweetness from the maple syrup. There is a good deal of natural beef flavor. The onion and garlic are maybe at mild levels. Each bite finishes off with a light smoked flavor.
An interesting aspect of this flavor is the sherry cooking wine, which is at a mild level. That pairs well with a light pineapple flavor. While the maple syrup is the most dominant single taste apart from the beef itself, this flavor could pass as a teriyaki flavor. Overall, an interesting take on what a truly Canadian flavor should taste like.
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 maple syrup, and a flavor that resembles teriyaki.
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.
Check out their web site: www.mountainmanbeefjerky.com