The first review for Outlawed Jerky will be on a 2 ounce/56 gram bag of their Jalapeno Lime flavored beef jerky. This bag was kindly submitted for review by one of the co-owners, Chris Gilch.
This Outlawed Jerky brand name is distributed by Outlawed Jerky Co. LLC, and are located in White Plains, New York. The owners Chris and Jeff Gilch are cousins, who had a love for beef jerky and the outdoors. Their homemade jerky soon became a hit with family and friends. In 2012, they officially launched this Outlawed Jerky brand name. Since then, a lot of work has been put into their jerky, where it has unofficially been relaunched in 2016.
Ingredients: Beef, Honey, Soy Sauce (Water, Soybeans, Wheat, Salt), Lime Juice, Jalapeno Pepper, Liquid Smoke, Onion Powder, Salt, Cilantro. Allergen Warnings: Soy, Wheat
The beef used is ethically raised, meaning it is guaranteed to be free of growth hormones and additional antibiotics. Also, the cattle have free range access being pasture raised, and then finished with grains. As a result, the highest ingredient rating that can be awarded is a Very Good (9/10) rating.
The liquid marinade is comprised of healthy honey, a very good shoyu soy sauce, a decent lime juice, and liquid smoke. The shoyu (Japanese for soy sauce) is sourced from a maker in New York, and the wheat level is minuscule at only 5 parts per million (ppm).
Jalapeno pepper is a type of hot green chili pepper, and is healthy if eaten in moderation. An interesting ingredient used is the healthy herb cilantro, which is similar to coriander. Cilantro is known to rid the body of heavy metals, among other things.
The sugar level is 7 grams of sugar per 57 grams of jerky, which is borderline as being acceptable. The salt level is 550mg of salt per 57 grams of jerky, which is more than reasonable.
This jerky does qualify to have no sodium nitrite, or any other similar unhealthy preservatives. Instead, the main preservative used is salt. Admirably, there is no MSG added.
Very Good (9/10) – Ingredient Rating
These strips of jerky are mainly small to medium in size, and sliced narrow. There is not really a consistent thickness, ranging from thin to thick. The texture is sort of dry, and fairly easy to chew. There are no signs of fat, and handling this jerky leaves no oily residue on your fingers.
Immediately, it is apparent that you are eating a Jalapeno based flavor. While the Jalapeno flavor is moderately strong, there is not much spiciness with this flavor. On a heat scale, it would rate a 2 out of 5 at best. There is a high quality mild soy flavor, and a mild sweetness.
As for the lime flavor, it starts off slow, and builds as you consume more strips. It levels off at a light to mild level. The cilantro does a great job complimenting the overall flavor. This is a tasty treat, which leaves you wanting more.
Three 2 ounce/57 gram bags sell online for $20.00. That works out to $3.33 an ounce, which rates as an expensive price. While not cheap, this jerky is a must try for all of the Jalapeno lovers out there.
Excellent (10/10) – Taste Rating
This resealable plastic bag has everything imprinted on the bag itself, both on the front and back. There are no labels attached to this bag. Unusually, this label is printed lengthwise instead of heightwise.
There are no slogans printed on this bag. Some facts printed on this bar are “Handcrafted in Small Batches”, “Premium Beef & Spices”, “No Nitrates or Preservatives”, “Whole Muscle Cut”, “Made With Bold Flavors”, and “Smoke Flavor Added”. A USA flag is displayed indicating that this jerky is made in the USA.
There are some bag categories missing such as a transparent window to view the jerky, no best before date, the jerky weight not stated in grams, and no blurb printed about the flavor or jerky. There is a production stamp printed that could translate to a best before date.
Order their jerky online: www.outlawedjerky.com
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