The next review for Two Brothers Jerky will be on a 2.2 ounce/62.4 gram bag of their Famously Hot flavored beef jerky. This flavor is described as delivering a deep intensity of crushed red peppers, citrus, and garlic with a slow building heat, which will make you want to grab more. The jerky was kindly submitted for review by one of the co-owners, Eddie Wales.
This Two Brothers Jerky brand name is distributed in both Columbia, South Carolina, and Durham, North Carolina. Their jerky is distributed under the name of Two Brothers Jerky. Eddie Wales and Paul Brock were born one year apart, and given up for adoption in the mid 1960s. Both brothers went on to have wonderful childhoods, without knowing the other existed. Coincidentally, they both graduated with the same majors in state universities. Eventually, fate had their paths cross again, where Eddie and Paul realized they shared many interests. In 2010, the Two Brothers Jerky brand name was launched, using North Carolina 100% grass-fed beef. Check out their events page to see what holiday events are coming up this year.
Ingredients: Beef, Soy Sauce (Water, Salt, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Invert Syrup, Caramel Color), Water, Honey, Brown Sugar, Red Chili Flake, Spice, Lime Juice, Dried Garlic, Dried Onion, Citric Acid, Lime Oil, Paprika. Allergen Warnings: Soy
This 100% grass-fed beef is sourced from Hickory Nut Gap Farm in Fairview, N.C., a family run farm by four generations for 100 years. These cattle are raised ethically, meaning they are not fed growth hormones, or additional antibiotics. There is also some free range access for the cattle to roam about. The ingredient rating starts at Excellent (10/10).
The liquid marinade is comprised of a poor soy sauce, water, healthy honey, healthy lime juice, and healthy lime oil.
Some healthy ingredients used are spice, dried garlic, dried onion, and paprika. The heat is achieved from red chili flakes, which are healthy if eaten in moderation.
Admirably, there is only 1 gram of sugar per 28 grams of jerky. The salt level is on the high side at 410mg of salt per 28 grams of jerky. Our preference is 350mg of salt or less per 28 grams of jerky.
This jerky does qualify to have no sodium nitrite, or any other similar unhealthy preservatives. Instead, the main preservative used is salt. To a lesser degree, citric acid also acts as a preservative.
This jerky does not qualify to have no MSG added. The soy sauce uses the highly processed flavor enhancer hydrolyzed soy protein, similar to MSG.
Good (8/10) – Ingredient Rating
These strips of jerky are small to medium in size, and are sliced borderline thin. The texture is between dry and tender, being pretty easy to chew. There are no visible signs of fat, and handling this jerky leaves no oily residue on your fingers.
It does not take that long for the spiciness to take notice. As you consume more strips, the spiciness slowly grows. The heat levels off at a 3 out of 5 on a heat scale.
Other flavors that jump out are garlic, onion, black pepper, soy, and a mild level of salt. A light level of lime helps mask the spiciness to a certain degree. Overall, this is a delicious tasting hot flavor, where as advertised, it makes you want to grab more.
A 2.2 ounce/62.4 gram bag sells online for $8.49. That works out to $4.25 an ounce, which rates as an expensive price. This jerky is absolutely recommended to anybody who would enjoy a hot based flavor that uses 100% grass-fed beef.
Excellent (10/10) – Taste Rating
This small, resealable plastic bag has everything imprinted on the bag itself, both of the front and back. The Two Brothers Jerky logo is two cowboys each riding a bull.
There are no slogans printed on this bag. Some facts provided are “No MSG”, “No Preservatives”, “Nitrate Free”, and “Beef used is 100% Grass-Fed”.
The only bag category missing is a bar code. There are great blurbs printed about Two Brothers Jerky, and this Famously Hot flavor. You are encouraged to follow their story on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Excellent (10/10) – Bag Rating
Order their jerky online: www.twobrothersjerky.com
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