The next review for Sue’s Jerky will be on a 1.4 ounce/40 gram bag of their sweet paprika curry flavored beef jerky. This flavor is described as having turmeric, chillies, and spices with a touch of sweet. The jerky was kindly submitted for review by the business development manager, Ivan Yuen.
Sue first introduced her one-of-a-kind Sue’s Jerky to the world during Expo ’86 in Vancouver. Inspired by her travels, and family recipes from Southeast Asia, all of Sue’s Jerky is hand-prepared in Richmond, British Columbia. Sue’s passion for making great jerky comes through from a selection of raw materials prepared to the perfect tenderness. Starting in Sue’s kitchen in 1985, Sue brings jerky back to the basics: hard work, classic family recipes, and quality ingredients. Marinated and dried to perfection, Sue has a passion in crafting healthy and delicious jerky. There are currently six delectable beef and pork jerky flavors available.
Ingredients: Beef, Cane Sugar, Glucose, Sea Salt, Onion Powder, Paprika, Spices, Ground Chili, Spices, Garlic Powder, Paprika Extract, Turmeric, Soy Sauce (Water, Wheat, Soybeans, Salt). 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 only comprised of a decent soy sauce.
There are some healthy ingredients used such as ground chili, spices, paprika, and paprika extract. Curry can comprise of many different spices, where super healthy turmeric is used here.
The level of sugar is unbelievably high at near 11 grams of sugar per 28 grams of jerky. Our preference is 5 grams of sugar or less per 28 grams of jerky for a sweet based flavor as we have here. The salt level is on the high side at around 413mg of salt 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 minimally processed sea salt. Commendably, there is no MSG added.
Decent (7/10) – Ingredient Rating
These strips of jerky are small in size, and ‘bite sized’ as advertised. The thickness varies between each piece, being sliced medium or thick. This texture is not quite consistent, with some pieces being easier to chew than others, and more on the dry side. There is no oily residue left on your fingers while handing these jerky pieces.
Right away the unmistakable flavors of paprika and curry are detected first, at mild levels at least. While this flavor is advertised to have a touch of sweetness, there is more a mild level of sweetness. Perhaps even sweeter, but it does not go overboard for a sweet based flavor. The natural beef flavor is masked to a certain extent by the sweetness, and the distinctive tastes of curry and paprika.
The saltiness is at a mild level. There is a light level of garlic, which no doubt is accentuated with the great combination of garlic and onion. As for the chiles in this flavor, there is no discernible spiciness with this flavor. No doubt that this flavor has an Asian tasting flair to it.
While eating each jerky bite, the flavor profile is not quite consistent. Between the inconsistent jerky textures, and levels of sweetness per piece of jerky, it takes a while for the complete flavor profile to develop.
Overall, this jerky flavor hits on the paprika, curry, and sweet being a pleasant, distinct, bold tasting jerky.
A dozen of these Sue’s Jerky 1.4 ounce/40 gram bags sell online for $47.88. That works out to $2.85 an ounce, which rates as a borderline average price.
This non-resealable plastic bag has everything imprinted on to the bag itself, both on the front and back. The Sue’s Jerky logo is a cow between the numbers 19 and 85, meaning Sue start making jerky in 1985.
The Sue’s Jerky slogan is “Hand Prepared From Our Family Recipes”. Some facts printed on this bag are “High in Protein”, “Ready To Eat”, “Now in Bite-Size”, and “Nitrate and Preservative Free”.
All bag categories are covered with this jerky bag. The only complaint is that the text on the back is blurry, and difficult to read. There are great blurbs printed on the bag about Sue’s Jerky, and this sweet paprika curry flavor. You are encouraged to follow Sue on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Order their jerky online: www.suesjerky.com
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