The next review for Jerkface will be on a 2 ounce/56 gram bag of their Pineapple Buffalo flavored beef jerky. This jerky is advertised as their first collaboration with 8 Myles, having hints of pineapple sweetness abound beneath that fine buffalo spiciness. The jerky was kindly submitted for review by the owner, Eric Judycki.
This Jerkface brand name is located in Washington, DC, and is distributed under the name of Jerkface Jerky. After Eric received his first dehydrator from his girlfriend, he exceeded her expectations. Eric continued to test out new flavors, using his friends as “flavor guinea pigs”. With Eric’s connections to the DC craft beer community, and active imagination, he decided to launch the Jerkface brand name in 2013. The Jerkface name is an homage to a close friend that passed away, whose favorite loving salutation was yelling “Jerkface!” whenever happily greeting a pal. Only high quality lean flank steak is used, known for its awesome texture.
Ingredients: Beef Flank Steak, Pineapple Juice, Pineapple Buffalo Sauce (Pineapple, Cayenne Pepper Sauce [Aged Cayenne Pepper, Distilled Vinegar, Water, Salt, Garlic Powder], Unsalted Butter, Apple Cider Vinegar, Garlic Powder, Tabasco, Honey, Salt, Red Pepper Flakes, Xanthan Gum, Water), Soy Sauce, Organic Blue Agave Nectar, Spices. Allergen Warnings: Milk, Wheat, Soy
The flank steak 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 soy sauce, healthy pineapple juice, and a very good brand of pineapple buffalo sauce, which includes healthy distilled vinegar and apple cider vinegar. Pineapples contain an enzyme named bromelain, which acts a natural meat tenderizer in the food industry.
The sugar level is respectable at 2 gram of sugar per 28 grams of jerky. The salt level is acceptable at 310mg of salt per 28 grams of jerky.
These strips of jerky are mostly medium in size, and are sliced to a medium, almost thin thickness. The flank steak texture is somewhat moist, and within reason to chew. There are some visible signs of fat, which accentuates the natural beef flavor. Handling this jerky leaves a slight oily residue on your fingers.
Some flavors that jump out first are mild levels of garlic, salt, and black pepper. As advertised, there are hints of pineapple flavor. With only a little sweetness, there is a great level of natural beef flavor, which reminds you of eating a fine steak.
While there is only a bit of a kick, there is a world class tasting hot sauce. A mild level of soy blends in well. Overall, as claimed on the Jerkface web site, we concur that you are guaranteed to love this buffalo style flavor.
A 2 ounce/57 gram bag sells online for $8.50. That works out to $4.25 an ounce, which rates as an expensive price, albeit flank steak is used. This flavor is severely recommended for any fan of pineapple, and more importantly, fans of a buffalo style flavor.
This small, resealable plastic bag has labels affixed to both the front and back. The Jerkface logo is a bull’s head with horns.
Their slogan is “Artisanal Beef Jerky”.
Some bag categories missing are a soy allergen alert, jerky weight not stated in grams, USDA inspected logo, and a blurb about this jerky or flavor. The @jerkfacedc Twitter and Instagram handles are provided. An email address is displayed for customer inquiries.
Order their jerky online: www.jerkfacejerky.com