This House of Jerky brand is distributed by House of Jerky Inc., based out of Evansville, Indiana. It all started in 1993, selling their jerky on the side of the road. In 1996, they had an idea to sell their jerky inside a store. Before the year ended, they opened a jerky store in Temecula, California, which still holds the distinction of being the very first jerky store in the world. Their popularity is really catching on, currently with around 28 House of Jerky stores. House of Jerky always welcome new store openings across the United States.
Ingredients: Beef (Top Round), Brown Sugar, Teriyaki Sauce (Salt, Soy Sauce [Water, Wheat, Soybeans, Salt], Wine, Sugar, Water, Vinegar, Salt, Spices, Onion Powder, Succinic Acid, Garlic Powder), Honey, Soy Sauce (Water, Wheat, Soybeans, Salt), Orange Juice, Water, Bourbon, Chipotle, Garlic, Liquid Smoke, Onion, Black Pepper, Cumin Powder. Allergen Warnings: Soy, Wheat
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.
The liquid marinade is comprised of water, a good teriyaki sauce, a decent soy sauce, orange juice, healthy honey, bourbon, and liquid smoke. The jerky drying process removes all of the alcohol content from the bourbon.
The sugar level is acceptable at 3 grams of sugar per 28 grams of jerky. The salt level is reasonable at 310mg of salt per 28 grams of jerky.
These strips of jerky are medium in size, and sliced to a medium thickness. The texture is near being soft and tender, and as advertised, being moist, which is easy to chew. There are no visible signs of fat, and handling this jerky leaves a fair amount of sticky residue on your fingers.
The first taste detected is a mild level of orange juice. That is followed with an almost moderate level of soy. There is definitely a sweetness to this flavor, which does include a light level of honey. Both the garlic and onion are at light levels. As for the bourbon, it is at a light level, and not entirely consistent.
As for the chipotle spiciness, it would rate a 2 out of 5 on the heat scale. Overall, this flavor is quite tasty, but more resembles a spicy teriyaki flavor.
On the House of Jerky web site, 8 ounces sells for $22.99, which includes shipping. That works out to $2.87 an ounce, which rates as an expensive price. This jerky is recommended to people who would enjoy a spicy teriyaki flavor with a light level of bourbon.
This is a standard, clear, non-resealable sized plastic bag. Worth noting is that this bag is vacuum sealed, the best way to keep jerky fresh. There is one label affixed to the front, and another label on the back. The House of Jerky logo is of a man tapping a triangle, signaling that it is time to eat.
There are no slogans printed on this bag. The only fact stated on the bag is “Natural Smoke Flavoring Added”.
There are some bag categories missing such as a bar code, allergen alerts, and a blurb about this jerky and flavor. To the credit of House of Jerky, a toll free phone number is provided for customer inquiries.
Order their jerky online: www.houseofjerky.net