The next review on The Bored Butcher will be on a 2.1 ounce/60 gram bag of their spicy flavored beef jerky. This jerky was graciously submitted for review by co-owners Gabriel Amador and Gabriel Costa.
The Bored Butcher is distributed by Amcofood S.A., and is located in Guayaquil, Guayas, Ecuador. Gabriel Amador, Gabriel Costa, and Daniel Costa officially launched The Bored Butcher jerky brand in December 2016. Locally sourced Ecuadorian cattle are used, which are mostly grass-fed, and the cows have plenty of room to roam about, the way nature intended. The Bored Butcher advertises their jerky to be minimally processed, no preservatives, and low on sugar. There are currently four flavors for sale, and a web site will eventually be launched.
The Ecuadorian beef used here is guaranteed to be ethically raised, meaning free of growth hormones or additional antibiotics. These cattle also are guaranteed to have at least partial free range access to roam about. As a result, the highest ingredient rating that can be awarded is a Very Good (9/10) rating.
The sugar level is somewhat high at 3 grams of sugar per 15 grams of jerky, although the actual taste is not sweet tasting at all. While the salt level is high at 610mg of salt per 15 grams of jerky, the taste would indicate that this salt level is at a mild level at best.
This jerky does qualify to have no sodium nitrite, or any other similar unhealthy preservatives. Instead, the main preservative used is salt, and vinegar to a lesser degree. Commendably, there is no MSG added.
Written by guest jerky reviewer Stéphane Leclerc
The Bored Butcher – Spicy Beef Jerky flavor is described to be ‘Medium Spicy’ and it would probably be more appropriate to state a light or mild spiciness. It should also be mentioned that some of the chili pepper flakes did fall off the strips. This slight spiciness is followed with a mild level of saltiness. The sweetness is also at a light level with a reasonable amount of natural beefy flavor present. Some acidity from the vinegar is perhaps what brings some attention to this jerky and draws us the most to this flavor.
There are faint levels of garlic and onion tasted in the occasional bite while a subtle aftertaste of garlic and onion can be detected after consuming a few strips. The flavors tend to be inconsistent from strip to strip and even bite to bite.
These strips of jerky are mainly medium in size and sliced very thin. The texture is very dry with no visible oil or fat residue to really speak of. While being so thinly sliced, it is still reasonably easy to chew.
The Bored Butcher Spicy Beef Jerky is somewhat of an oddball flavor and a little boring as it doesn’t really grab and maintain our attention. It can however be surprisingly addictive to others and the taste rating for this flavor is 8/10.
Note that we have been told that the level of spiciness has since been increased.
This clear resealable plastic bag has labels attached to both the front and back. The Bored Butcher logo has a cleaver and fork crisscrossed.
The Bored Butcher slogans are “Hand-Crafted Snacks” and “South American Beef Our Way”. Some facts printed on this bag are “High Protein”, “Low Sugar”, “Soy Free”, “G F” (Gluten-Free), “Dehydrated Meat”, “High in Salt (In red, meaning the opposite of low in salt), “Low in Sugar”, and “Low in Fat”. An “Ecuador First” logo is printed, and another logo indicating that the plastic bag is reusable.
The only bag category missing is a best before date. A lot number is provided, which could translate to a best before date. A blurb is printed on the back about The Bored Butcher, which is written in Spanish. Admirably, a phone number and email address are provided for customer inquiries. The @TheBoredButcher social media handle is displayed.
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