The next review for Tahoe Tony’s Jammin’ Jerky will be on a 2 ounce/56 gram bag of their BBQ flavored turkey jerky. This bag was kindly submitted for review by the owner and CFO Brooke Luckey, who is married to the founder Tony Pearl.
This Tahoe Tony’s Jammin’ Jerky brand is distributed under the name of Tahoe Tony’s, and located in Minden, Nevada. Tony loves to cook, and considers himself a food porn star. After being semi-retired for several years, he decided to start making jerky as a hobby. His jerky caught on with friends and family, and two years later, the Tahoe Tony’s Jammin’ Jerky brand name was launched in 2012. For a more detailed biography, check out Tony’s About page, and his interesting experience as a firefighter. With a different twist, you can also watch the jerky being prepared live on their gallery page.
The turkey is ethically raised, meaning no growth hormones or additional antibiotics are administered.
The liquid marinade is comprised of teriyaki sauce, pineapple juice, Frank’s RedHot, and Yoshida’s Original Gourmet Marinade. Pineapples contain an enzyme named bromelain, which acts as natural meat tenderizer in the food industry.
There is no nutrition facts table provided. As a result, the exact sugar and salt levels are unknown. Based on the taste, very little salt and sugar is used.
While potassium sorbate is a listed ingredient, it is only there because the USDA requires to spray the jerky, as per their rules and regulations. As a result, this jerky does qualify to have no sodium nitrite added, or any other similar preservatives. Instead, citric acid is the primary preservative used. Admirably, this flavor does qualify to have no MSG added.
These jerky strips are medium to small in size, and are sliced thick. The texture almost qualifies to have a soft and tender texture, which still results in jerky strips that are easy to chew. There are no visible signs of fat. Handling this jerky leaves no oily residue on your fingers.
The first taste detected is a mild pineapple flavor, followed by mild teriyaki flavor. There is a barbecue type of flavor in the background, but the teriyaki profile is stronger tasting.
The sweetness and saltiness is at a minimum. More than anything, the natural turkey flavor stands out the most.
This is a standard clear, resealable plastic bag. There is a label affixed to the front, and nothing on the back. The logo is a happy turkey that appears to be dancing.
The official slogan “May the jerk be with you” is not printed on the bag. There are no facts printed on this bag.
There are several bag categories missing such as a nutrition facts table, USDA stamp, a blurb about the flavor or Tahoe Tony’s Jammin’ Jerky, bar code, allergen alerts, and best before date. A batch number is printed, which could translate to a best before date. To the credit of Tahoe Tony’s Jammin’ Jerky, a toll free number is provided for customer inquiries.
Order their jerky online: www.tahoetonys.com