The next review on Indiana Craft Jerky will be on a 2.5 ounce/71 gram bag of their teriyaki 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. In Michelle’s words, they have been growing by leaps and bounds. Indiana Craft Jerky formed a relationship with Tyler Pond Farm, where a 100% grass-fed beef jerky line is sold at their farm. Also, a relationship was formed with Empirical Brewery, where a new Smoked Paprika Porter beef jerky flavor was created. Recently, they have been using a custom built dehydrator constructed by Ron.
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.
There is no nutrition facts table provided. As a result, the exact sugar and salt levels are unknown. Based on the taste alone, the salt content seems high, and the sugar level low for a sweet based flavor such as teriyaki.
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 some signs of fat that add to the overall natural beef flavor. Handling this jerky leaves no oily residue on your fingers.
The first taste detected is a moderate combination of Worcestershire and soy sauce. A light level of orange compliments the flavor nicely. It does not take long for the saltiness to take effect, which is at too strong of a level.
For a sweet based flavor, there is a surprisingly light level of sweetness. The curry powder is an interesting choice, and it is at a light level. Overall, a very tasty flavor, but too salty, and not sweet enough.
This 2.5 ounce/71 gram bag sells for $8.00. That works out to $3.20 an ounce, which rates as an expensive price. This jerky is recommended if you enjoy a salty based teriyaki flavor without much sweetness.
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 teriyaki flavor has something written in Chinese characters. There is a small blurb printed about this flavor: “Crowd please with full, rich teriyaki flavor”. Something appreciated is that the bag displays the heat and sweetness levels, where this heat level is judged a 0 out of 5, and 2.5 out of 3 on the sweetness scale.
The majority of bag categories are covered here. Some missing categories are a nutrition facts table, USDA inspected logo, 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