Note: For a more current taste review on a tweaked bag design, open up Crazy Mike’s Beef Jerky – Original Hickory Beef Jerky (Review #2).
The next review for Crazy Mike’s Beef Jerky will be on a 2.5 ounce/70 gram bag of their hickory flavored beef jerky. This handcrafted natural hickory smoked beef jerky is described as being in a vacuum sealed inner pouch to lock in that Crazy Good freshness! The jerky was graciously submitted for review by the owner, Mike Merwin.
This Crazy Mike’s Jerky brand name is located in Altamont, New York, and it is distributed under the name of Crazy Mike’s Beef Jerky Company, LLC. The “Crazy” in Mike’s name was dubbed by his friends due to his extreme zest for life. Mike spent 21 years in the US Navy. The first half was in nuclear submarines, and the second half in full-time reserve management. The jerky aspect started in 1994, due to being frustrated on what jerky was currently available to re-fuel his body after marathons and triathlon workouts. Mike started making homemade jerky, and after a while he considered himself a “Jerkyologist”. In May 2017, the Crazy Mike’s Beef Jerky brand name was officially launched. As stated on the bag, hand-crafting jerky is Mike’s game, and he is obviously very passionate about making jerky.
Ingredients: USDA Choice Eye Round Beef, Marinade (Water, Wheat Gluten, Sugar, Salt, Soybean, Caramel Coloring, Preservatives Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate), Ginger, Garlic. 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 only liquid marinade used here is plain old water. There are soybeans and wheat used, but soy sauce itself is not a listed ingredient.
The sugar level is good at 2 grams of sugar per 28 grams of jerky. The salt level is high at 470mg of salt per 30 grams of jerky. Our preference is 350mg of salt or less per 28 grams of jerky.
These strips are medium in size, and sliced to almost borderline thick. The texture is near soft and tender, not requiring that much effort to chew. There are few signs of fat visible, and handling this jerky does leave an oily residue on your fingers.
The first flavors detected are salt, black pepper, and garlic. There is a smoke flavor present, but not necessarily a well-defined hickory flavor. Nevertheless, this is still a great tasting flavor.
There is almost no sweetness present, allowing a good deal of natural beef flavor. A light level of soy blends in well. Overall, this jerky is packed full of flavor, leaving you wanting more.
This resealable bag has everything printed on the bag itself, both on the front and back. This jerky is enclosed in a vacuum sealed bag, the best way to keep jerky fresh tasting. The Crazy Mike’s Beef Jerky logo is the head of Mike himself.
A slogan printed on this bag is “It’s not good, it’s… Crazy Good!”. There are a number of facts printed on the bag such as “Made from solid pieces of USDA Choice EYE ROUND Beef”, “Hand-Crafted to Perfection”, “Naturally Smoked”, “High Protein”, “2 grams of Carbs per serving”, “Great Paleo Snack”, “Post-Workout Fuel”, “USA Veteran Owned Business”, and “Made in the USA”.
The only minor bag category missing is the jerky weight is not stated in grams. There is a great blurb printed on the back about Crazy Mike’s Jerky. You are encouraged to follow their @crazymikesjerky handle on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Order their jerky online: www.crazymikesjerky.com