The next review on Little Bit Jerky will be on a 3 ounce/85 gram bag of their old time bit beef jerky flavor. This flavor is described as a traditional beef jerky flavor, the way it was way back when. The jerky was kindly submitted for review by one of the co-owners, Teresa Helmcamp.
The Little Bit Jerky brand name is distributed under the same name of Little Bit Jerky. They are located in Wichita Falls, Texas, and were launched in February 2016 by husband and wife Teresa and Robert Helmcamp. Robert has over 20 years of experience in the meat industry, where he started off as a butcher at age 19. Their jerky brand is proudly GO TEXAN certified, which is a program run by the Texas Department of Agriculture to promote products that are produced in Texas by family owned businesses. Today, they currently offer eight different beef jerky flavors, and one turkey jerky flavor.
Ingredients: Beef, Water, Natural Hickory Wood Smoke, Vinegar, Salt, Onion, Garlic, Black Pepper, Crushed Dark Red Chili, Hydrolyzed Soy & Corn Protein, Sugar, Molasses, Papain, Citric Acid, Smoked Paprika, Red Pepper, Jalapeno Pepper, Cayenne. Allergen Warnings: Soy
This beef is sourced from Fort Worth, Texas. The cattle are guaranteed to have at least partial free range access to graze on grass, and roam about, just the way nature intended.
The liquid marinade is comprised of water and healthy vinegar. Their marinade is sourced from a 3rd party company, where Robert is currently working on developing his own marinade.
Using papain is an interesting choice, which is an enzyme from the fruit papaya. It is widely used in the food industry as a natural meat tenderizer.
While not explicitly mentioned, organic spices are used, which is always appreciated.
There is no nutrition facts table provided. As a result, the exact sugar and salt levels are unknown. Based on the taste alone, there would appear to be quite a bit of salt used. It almost certainly exceeds our maximum allowable limit of 350mg of salt per ounce of jerky. However, sea salt is partly used, where salt levels are then ignored.
This jerky does qualify to have no sodium nitrite, or any other similar unhealthy preservatives. Instead, the main preservative used is salt. To a lesser degree, citric acid and vinegar also act as preservatives.
This jerky does not qualify to be MSG free, because the highly processed flavor enhancers corn and soy protein are used. Worse, being hydrolyzed, they are an unhealthy form of trans fats.
Good (8/10) – Ingredient Rating
These strips of jerky are mainly medium in size, and sliced thick. There is a relatively dry texture, and it is reasonably easy to chew, which reminds you of eating a steak. There are no signs of fat, and handling this jerky leaves no oily residue on your fingers.
The first taste detected is a great level of hickory smoke, followed by a strong saltiness. At light levels are garlic, onion, and black pepper. All along a mild soy flavor is consistent. There is a faint level of heat.
There is very little sweetness, which allows a good deal of natural beef flavor. Overall, this flavor does a great job of capturing an old fashioned type of jerky flavor. However, the salt level is quite high if you can bear that.
This 3 ounce/85 gram bag sells online for $7.49. That works out to $2.50 an ounce, which rates as a slightly expensive price. This jerky is recommended for people who enjoy an old fashioned jerky flavor with a high level of saltiness.
Very Good (9/10) – Taste Rating
This clear, resealable plastic bag has a label affixed to the front, and nothing on the back. Easily the best aspect of this bag is that it’s vacuum sealed, which is the best method of keeping jerky fresh.
Their slogan is “Little Name, BIG Taste!” There are no facts printed on the bag. A GO TEXAN logo is displayed.
There are several bag categories missing such as a nutrition facts table, USDA inspected logo, allergen alerts, weight not specified in grams, bar code, a hole at the top to hang on hooks, best before date, and a blurb printed about Little Bit Jerky, or the flavor itself. To the credit of Little Bit Jerky, a phone number is provided for customer inquiries.
Order their jerky online: www.littlebitjerky.com
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