The next review on Beefy Boys will be on a 3 ounce/85 gram bag of their Jamaican Style flavored beef jerky. This jerky is similar to their long, very thick strips Reserve flavor, but with a jerk sauce added. The bag was graciously submitted by the Beefy Boys Jerky Co. team.
This Beefy Boys brand name is distributed by Top 10 Produce LLC, and are located in Salinas, California. It started with friends Craig Bray and Tony Souza making jerky together at age 11, where Craig is the chef behind all of their flavors. Craig and Tony officially launched the Beefy Boys jerky brand name in 1999. In 2013, Top 10 Produce LLC acquired the Beefy Boys jerky brand. New at Beefy Boys, with the end of the world coming, they now sell “Prepper Packs”, which is twenty-four 3 ounce bags. Call Beefy Boys if you want to mix up the flavors. Every ingredient used is guaranteed to have been sourced within 120 miles, which is quite impressive.
Ingredients: Beef, Red Wine, Water, Soy Sauce (Water, Wheat, Soybeans, Salt, Sodium Benzoate), Red Wine Vinegar, Jerk Seasoning (Scallions, Scotch Bonnet Peppers, All Spice, Nutmeg, Citric Acid, Cane Sugar, Thyme Leaves), Brown Sugar, Salt, Seasoned Salt (Including Maltodextrin), Spices and other Flavorings. Allergen Warnings: Soy, Wheat
The beef used is ethically raised, meaning it is guaranteed to be free of growth hormones and additional antibiotics. Also, these locally raised 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 a decent soy sauce, healthy red wine, very healthy red wine vinegar, and water. Red wine contains an antioxidant named resveratrol, which is believed to be healthy.
There are healthy spices used, which includes black pepper. The heat is achieved from the jerk seasoning, which includes scotch bonnet peppers.
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 salt. Admirably, there is no MSG added.
Very Good (9/10) – Ingredient Rating
These medium sized narrow strips are as advertised, sliced surprisingly thick. Despite being advertised as tender, these strips are more on the dry side, but still easy to chew. There are no signs of fat, and handling this jerky leaves no oily residue on your fingers.
The first flavor detected is a light level of red wine vinegar. Soon the garlic, onion, salt, and black pepper take notice. A light level of soy starts to develop. Without much sweetness present, there is a good deal of natural beef flavor.
At a light level, is a delicious jerk seasoning. On a heat scale, it does not much exceed a 1 out of 4. Overall, a great tasting blend of flavors that leaves you wanting more.
A 3 ounce/85 gram bag sells online for $7.99. That works out to $2.66 an ounce, which rates as an expensive price. This flavor is surely recommended as worthwhile if you enjoy jerky seasoning.
Excellent (10/10) – Taste Rating
This clear resealable plastic bag has two labels affixed to the front, and nothing on the back. The Beefy Boys logo has a cows head in the middle of a circle, where the red and gold colors are by no coincidence the same colors as the San Francisco 49’ers NFL team.
There are no slogans or facts printed on this bag.
There are some bag categories missing such as the jerky weight not stated in grams, a blurb about the jerky or flavor, a best before date, and nutrition facts table. To the credit of Beefy Boys, a toll free phone number is provided for customer inquiries. A QR Code is printed that links to the www.top10fresh.com web site, which gives details on the farmer or rancher, it does not get any better than that.
Order their jerky online: www.ourlocale.org
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