The next review on Get Hooked Beef Jerky will focus on a 2 ounce/57 gram bag of their teriyaki flavored beef jerky. This flavor is advertised as “East meets Old West as soy, ginger and special seasonings combine to make this savory flavor!”. The bag was graciously submitted by the Chief Marketing Officer, Jordan R. Lapira.
This Get Hooked Beef Jerky brand name is distributed by Get Hooked Jerky Quality Foods Inc., and is made exclusively in the Land of Enchantment, specifically in Tomé, New Mexico. Formerly Sunset Foods Beef Jerky, Get Hooked Jerky Quality Foods evolved from over 30 years of development and experience. Family-owned since 1985, their roots are strong locally, and their products have reached the four corners of the globe. Their tagline is “it’s a HOLE lot better”, because they hang their jerky from bacon hangers, rather than lay them flat in their custom-built and engineered oven. Each strip has small holes, and the light crunchy texture sets them apart.
Ingredients: Beef, Soy Sauce (Water, Wheat, Soybeans, Salt), Sugar, Distilled Vinegar, Wine, Ginger, Garlic, Onion Powder, Spices, Natural Spice Flavorings, Smoke Flavor (Water, Natural Hickory Smoke Flavor, Vinegar, Molasses, Caramel Color, Salt), Water, Canola Oil 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 is comprised of a decent soy sauce, very healthy distilled vinegar, healthy wine, water, and liquid smoke flavor. Wine offers healthy benefits if consumed in moderation, and has an antioxidant named resveratrol.
The vegetable trifecta is achieved with super foods ginger, garlic, and onion powder used here.
There is no nutrition facts table provided. As a result, the exact sugar and salt levels are unknown. Based on taste alone, the salt and sugar seem to be at reasonable levels.
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.
Good (8/10) – Ingredient Rating
These strips of jerky are medium to large in size, and sliced thin. The texture is dry to the point where it is slightly crunchy, which is a more popular preference in Western USA. There are no signs of fat, and handling this jerky leaves no oily residue on your fingers.
No singular flavor jumps out at first, just a great blend of flavors. Soy and vinegar stand out the most, and black pepper to a lesser extent. For a teriyaki based flavor, the sweetness is at a light level, which is just fine in our view.
With not much sweetness there is a good deal of natural beef flavor. The saltiness is only at a light level. Overall, an interesting, tasty variation of a teriyaki flavor.
A 4 ounce/113 gram bag sells online for $9.50. That works out to $2.38 an ounce, which rates as a borderline expensive price. The price gets cheaper if you order large quantities. Assuming that you enjoy a dry crispy texture and teriyaki, this flavor is certainly worth trying.
Excellent (10/10) – Taste Rating
This clear resealable plastic bag has a label affixed to the front, and nothing on the back. Interestingly, their logo is a heart with bull horns, because jerky is their passion. Curiously, the Get Hooked Beef Jerky brand name is not displayed anywhere.
No slogans or facts are printed on this bag.
A couple of other bag categories missing are a blurb about the jerky or flavor, and a nutrition facts table. To the credit of Get Hooked Beef Jerky, a phone number is provided for customer inquiries.
Order their jerky online: www.gethookedonjerky.com
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