The next review on Blackbeard’s will focus on a 2.5 ounce/70 gram bag of their teriyaki beef jerky. This flavor is described as a delicious blend of brown sugar and soy sauce added to premium, tender beef to create an outstanding mild, and very popular beef jerky. The bag was purchased at a gas bar convenience store in New Milford, Pennsylvania.
Blackbeard’s beef jerky is located in Northampton, Pennsylvania, and it is distributed by T & L Distributing. The company was founded in 1990, and they also sell meat snack sticks. The jerky is advertised as using select cuts of meat, slowly marinated with distinctive spices, and then smokehouse cured.
Ingredients: Beef, Brown Sugar, Soy Sauce (Water, Soybeans, Salt, Salt), Sea Salt, Spices, Onion Powder, Sodium Nitrite. Allergen Warnings: Soy
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 consists of only a decent gluten-free soy sauce.
Some healthy ingredients added are spices and onion powder.
The sugar level is high at 7 grams of sugar per 28 grams of jerky. For a sweet based flavor as we have here with teriyaki, our preference is 5 grams of sugar or less per 28 grams of jerky. The salt level is very high at 640mg of salt per 28 grams of jerky. However, the salt level is ignored because minimally processed sea salt is added.
Unfortunately, this jerky uses the unhealthy preservative sodium nitrite. Commendably, this jerky has no MSG added.
Alright (6/10) – Ingredient Rating
These strips of jerky are medium in size, and sliced to a medium thickness. The texture is more on the soft and tender side, where chewing this jerky is within reason. This texture has a shiny and translucent appearance. These strips have a red hue being cured from the sodium nitrite.
The aroma of this Blackbeard’s teriyaki beef jerky is generally pleasant although not without a bit of a unnatural processed smell to it.
The first flavors detected are soy, sweetness, saltiness, and beef flavor. In the background is a consistent moderately strong level of smokiness. One surprisingly good addition is a mild level of onion that rounds off the flavor well. The black pepper is at a light to faint level.
For a teriyaki flavor as we have here, the sweetness is within reason. There is a good amount of natural beef flavor present, but the strips of beef have a slightly processed taste.
Although, this jerky somewhat resembles a teriyaki flavor, some acidity/tanginess would be a welcome addition. Otherwise, this jerky flavor profile is mainly soy, saltiness, and sweetness.
This flavor is reasonably tasty and enjoyable, which had mixed reactions over here at Jerky Ingredients. The texture is nothing to write home about, having a ‘plasticy’ taste, look, and feel.
This 2.5 ounce/70 gram bag cost $5.99 which works out to $2.71 an ounce. That equates to an average price.
This bag has a mixture of affixed labels, and more information imprinted directly on the bag. Blackbeard’s can use the same bag for all their flavors, and use custom labels on the back and front for each particular flavor, where this is a stock bag.
The logo appears to be a pirate with a black beard. There are no clearly defined slogans, where perhaps it is “Traditional Style”. Other facts printed on this bag are “Natural Wood Smoked” and “Made in USA”.
Most major bag categories are covered here. Missing is the weight displayed in grams, and no blurbs are printed about Blackbeard’s jerky or this teriyaki flavor.
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