This Devour jerky brand was launched in 2016, and Devour jerky is only sold in Canada. As advertised, Devour jerky is “Proudly Made With Simple Ingredients”. This Devour jerky brand name is distributed under the name of Devour Meats, and they are located in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Devour jerky is manufactured in the USA by an unknown private labeler.
The first review on Devour will focus on a 2.4 ounce/70 gram bag of their smokehouse chipotle flavored beef jerky. This flavor is described as being seasoned with chipotle, paprika and cayenne spices for a kick of heat that’s packed with flavour. The bag was purchased at a Walmart store in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
Ingredients: Beef, Cane Sugar, Soy Sauce (Water, Soybeans, Salt), Water, Spice, Vinegar, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Sea Salt, Smoke Flavour. 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 used here is comprised of a high quality all-natural gluten-free soy sauce, water, and healthy vinegar.
There are some healthy ingredients added such as garlic powder, onion powder, and spice, which would include chipotle pepper or some type of hot pepper.
The sugar level is quite high at 8 grams of sugar per 23 grams of jerky to lose a rating. For a spicy based flavor as we have here, our preference is between 3 and 4 grams of sugar per 23 grams of jerky. The salt level is respectable at 250mg of salt per 23 grams of jerky.
This jerky does qualify to have no sodium nitrite or any other similar unhealthy preservatives. Instead, minimally processed sea salt is the main preservative, along with vinegar to a lesser degree. Admirably, this jerky does qualify to have no added MSG.
Decent (7/10) – Ingredient Rating
The size of these strips are a mixture of small and medium. The texture is all over the map with the dryness and thickness. Some strips are on the soft and tender side, while other strips are dry being difficult to chew. Some strips are sliced thin while other strips are sliced thick. There are no visible signs of fat, and handling this jerky leaves no oily residue on your fingers.
The first tastes detected are a light level of salt and a borderline strong level of sweetness. Soon the spiciness from the hot pepper takes notice. The heat level barely makes into a 2 out of 5 on the heat scale.
Other flavours that blend in are a mild level of soy, plus light levels of garlic and onion. The bite finishes off with a light smoked flavour in the background.
While the chipotle flavour itself is pleasant tasting, the high level of sweetness tends to mask the natural beef flavour. Even so, this beef flavour has a certain processed, ‘off’ taste. Stéphane, who is French, described it as a “washed out” taste, and becomes somewhat annoying. As a result, this Devour jerky does not carry much richness or any significant depth of flavor.
As described by Stéphane, “I must confess, I wanted to like this jerky more than I actually did. This was mainly due to the favorable praises and claims stated on the bag. As such, I am not overly impressed nor over the moon with this jerky and I more than likely would not buy this jerky.”
As noted by Paul, “The first slice was quite a bit dryer and harder than the second one. Most of the second piece was soft and chewy, but when I get to the thickest part of the slice, it returns to hard and more difficult to chew. In conclusion, all through the taste review, the best word I can think of to describe this jerky is “decent”, which means a 7/10.”
This 2.7 ounce/70 gram bag of jerky cost $5.97. That works out to $2.42 an ounce, which rates as an average price.
The resealable plastic bag has everything imprinted directly on the bag, both on the front and back. A high resolution picture of somebody riding a bike is displayed.
Devour‘s slogan “It’s Not Just Jerky. It’s Devour.” is displayed. Some facts printed on this bag are “Nothing Artificial”, “Marinated & Tender”, “Beef Jerky Product of USA”, “High in Protein”, and “Proudly Made With Simple Ingredients”.
All bag categories are covered with this bag. As per Canadian law, there are French translations provided. To the credit of Devour, a toll free phone number is provided for customer inquiries.
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