The first review for Jerkyman Beef Jerky will be on a 3 ounce/85 gram bag of their original flavored beef jerky. This bag was kindly submitted for review by one of the owners, Tom Alesio
This Jerkyman Beef Jerky brand is distributed under the same name of Jerkyman Beef Jerky, and they are based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It all started in 1992, when Tom’s father George started selling his jerky at a bar that the family owned. Fast forward to 2016, with George now in his 70’s, and is set to retire. His son Tom is taking over the jerky production, and recently officially launched this Jerkyman Beef Jerky brand in August for everybody to enjoy. Tom’s brother-in-law Mike McVey from Michael McVey Design did the artwork, and George in real life has the same big white mustache depicted on Jerkyman.
Ingredients: Beef, Soy Sauce (Water, Wheat, Salt, Aspergillus), Sea Salt, Garlic, Liquid Smoke, Red Pepper, Black Pepper, Onion 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 consists of just soy sauce and liquid smoke.
Healthy fresh garlic and onion powder are used. Garlic and onion are part of the allium family. Interestingly, they aid people differently depending on their individual needs.
There is no nutrition facts table provided. As a result, the exact sugar and salt levels are not known. Based on the taste alone, the salt level is normal, and there is no sugar used.
This jerky does qualify to have no sodium nitrite, or any other similar unhealthy preservatives. Instead, the main preservative used is lightly refined sea salt. It is loaded with minerals/trace minerals, and a much better alternative to highly refined table salt. Commendably, there is no MSG added.
Good (8/10) – Ingredient Rating
These strips of jerky are mostly medium in size, and sliced to a medium, almost thin thickness. The texture is fairly dry, having that classic jerky texture. There are some signs of fat that add to the overall natural beef flavor. Handling this jerky leaves a small amount of oily residue on your fingers.
The first tastes detected are a light garlic and a pleasant spiciness. On a heat scale, the spiciness may be a 2 out of 5, but nothing more. A moderate level of soy is persistent. The salt level is mild, and at light levels are onion, garlic, and black pepper.
The natural flavor of beef should be the dominant flavor in an original flavor, as is the case here. This reminds you of homemade jerky. While it tastes great, there is nothing that truly sets it apart. This has an old fashioned taste here worthy for Ga Jerkyman.
A 4 ounce/113 gram bag sells online for $11.90. That works out to $2.98 an ounce, where that rates as as a fairly expensive price. This jerky is recommended to people who enjoy an original flavor with a little bit of spiciness.
Very Good (9/10) – Taste Rating
This non-resealable plastic bag has a label affixed to the front, and nothing on the back. The logo is quite unique and interesting. It’s a depiction of Ga Jerkyman in prehistoric times with dinosaurs around, and carrying three bags of jerky.
Slogans printed on this bag are “Established sometime long ago!”, and “Put’s hair on your chest, neck, back, palms, teeth, etc”. There are no facts printed on this bag.
There are too many bag categories missing to list. Nevertheless, this bag does its job effectively, using a vacuum sealed bag, the best way to preserve freshness. Also, the artwork is interesting.
Order their jerky online: www.jerkymanbeefjerky.com
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