The next review for Day Drinkin’ Jerky will be on a 4 ounce/113 gram bag of their Bourbon Black Pepper flavored beef jerky. This flavor is described as having soy and a bold black pepper spice that melds into a nice Bourbon brown sugar finish, which lingers on the palette. The bag was kindly submitted for review by the owner, John Day. The Day Drinkin’ Jerky name come from 2 facts: 1) John’s last name is Day, 2) All marinades have an alcohol as a primary ingredient.
This Day Drinkin’ Jerky brand is distributed by Day Drinkin’ Jerky Co. They are located in Topeka, Kansas, and this jerky brand was launched in 2015. John had been making jerky for family and friends. Having a love of fine bourbon, John joined both hobbies together. Their slogan is “Always smoked, never dried”. Always produced in small batches, it’s marinated, and slow smoked with hickory wood. For new customers making an online order, use “new10” as the coupon code for a 10% discount.
Ingredients: Beef, Soy Sauce (Water, Wheat, Soybeans, Salt, Sodium Benzoate-Less Than 1%), Bourbon Whiskey, Salt, Black Pepper, Honey, Apple Cider Vinegar, Garlic Powder, Worcestershire Sauce (Distilled White Vinegar, Molasses, Sugar, Water, Salt, Onions, Anchovies, Garlic, Cloves, Tamarind Extract, Natural Flavorings, Chili Pepper Extract), Tobasco Sauce. Allergen Warnings: Soy, Anchovies
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 bourbon whiskey, an alright soy sauce, very healthy apple cider vinegar, healthy honey, a respectable brand of Worcestershire sauce, and healthy Tabasco hot sauce. All alcohol content is removed in the jerky drying process.
There is no nutrition facts table provided. As a result, the exact sugar and salt levels are unknown.
This jerky does qualify to have no sodium nitrite, or any other similar unhealthy preservatives. Instead, the main preservative used is kosher salt, which is somewhat less processed compared to table salt. Commendably, there is no MSG added.
These strips of jerky are mostly large in size, and sliced to a mixture of medium and thin. They have a dry texture, and are relatively easy to chew. There are no visible signs of fat, and handling this jerky leaves no oily residue on your fingers.
Quickly you are greeted with a great level of black pepper. Chewing the strips more brings on a tasty blend of soy and Worcestershire sauce. A mild level of salt mixes well with the black pepper. With only a light level of sweetness, there is a good deal of natural beef flavor present.
The whiskey flavor itself is challenging to detect. Cayenne pepper from the hot sauce mixes in very well, along with a light level of garlic. A slight tanginess from the apple cider vinegar balances the flavor well. Overall, this flavor absolutely delivers on the black pepper flavor.
A 3 ounce/85 gram bag sells online for $9.99. That works out to $3.33 an ounce, which rates as an expensive price. If you buy four or more bags, the shipping is free. This jerky is a great buy for any black pepper lovers out there.
This large, resealable bag has labels affixed to the front and back. The front label is actually the shape of Kansas.
The slogan printed on the bag is “Small Batch, Always Smoked……….Never Dried!”.
Most of the important bag categories are covered here. Some missing categories are a nutrition facts table, jerky weight stated in grams and ounces, bar code, and a best before date. There is a batch number printed that could translate to a best before date.
Order their jerky online: www.daydrinkinjerky.com