This Yellowstone Brand jerky is only available every once in a while. We got lucky in finding Yellowstone Brand jerky at a discount store. This Yellowstone Brand jerky is manufactured and distributed by Golden Valley Natural, who has been a leading producer of natural and organic meat snacks in the United States since 1968. The livestock used is ethically ranch raised, where the animals have free range access to roam about, the way nature intended. In 2015, Golden Valley Natural moved to a new USDA plant located in Shelley, Idaho.
The first review on Yellowstone Brand will focus on a 2.8 ounce/80 gram bag of their buffalo flavored chicken turkey jerky. This bag was purchased at an Ollie’s store in Niagara Falls, New York.
Ingredients: Chicken, Seasoning (Dehydrated Cayenne Pepper Sauce [Cayenne Red Peppers, Distilled Vinegar, Salt, Garlic Powder], Maltodextrin, Natural Flavor), Liquid Smoke (Water, Natural Hickory Smoke Flavor, Vinegar, Molasses, Caramel Color, Salt), Cultured Celery Powder, Sea Salt, Turkey, Sugar, Water, Soy Sauce (Water, Wheat, Soybeans, Salt), Apple Cider Vinegar, Salt, Paprika, Natural Smoke Flavoring, Black Pepper, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder. Allergen Warnings: Soy, Wheat
These chicken and turkey are ethically raised with no growth hormones, or additional antibiotics given. They also have some free range access to roam about. The highest ingredient rating that can be awarded is a Very Good (9/10).
The liquid marinade used here is comprised of liquid smoke, water, a decent soy sauce, and healthy apple cider vinegar. A good brand of cayenne pepper sauce is used in powdered form.
There are some healthy ingredients added such as paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and black pepper.
The sugar level is decent at 2 grams of sugar per 28 grams of jerky. The salt level is quite high at 620mg of salt per 28 grams of jerky. However, minimally processed sea salt is used, where the salt levels are thereby ignored.
This jerky does qualify to have no sodium nitrite, nor any other similar unhealthy preservatives added. Instead, salt is the main preservative used, along with various vinegars and cultured celery powder to a lesser degree. Admirably, this jerky qualifies to have no MSG added.
Very Good (9/10) – Ingredient Rating
Written by guest jerky reviewer Stéphane Leclerc
As I open the Yellowstone Brand – Buffalo Chicken Turkey Jerky bag, the buffalo seasoning is fragrant and has a very favorable aroma. This mouth watering buffalo hot sauce aroma is really appealing and inviting to say the least.
On my first bite, I immediately taste this great buffalo hot sauce with its delightful spiciness. The spiciness is well within reason at approximately 2 out of 5 on the heat scale. The cayenne peppers dominate and burst with flavor. Their distinctive and wonderful taste is bold without overpowering other more subtle flavors.
The natural chicken and turkey meat flavor is quite noticeable. The garlic and onion lightly accentuate this tasty snack and blend really well together. The light sweetness and smokiness balance and provide depth of flavors while the slight acidity from the vinegars brightens and complements the overall flavor profile. Our sole complaint with this great jerky is its significant saltiness, it could easily be deemed too salty at this moderately high level.
The pieces are small to medium in size and they are sliced medium in thickness. The strips are also small to medium with many crumbles of jerky left at the bottom of the bag. The texture is fairly tender, it has a pleasant and easily chewable texture and it leaves no oily residue on the fingers. These strips have a noticeable buffalo orange hue. This piqued our interest and got our juices going, it even drove us to slash open our bags that much quicker.
Mark said: I highly recommend this buffalo style chicken flavor to even the slightest fan of buffalo wing hot sauce that also enjoys salt. This buffalo flavor was quite addictive; leaving you wanting more after the bag is emptied.”
Paul further stated: “Wow! This is a delicious flavor. I am detecting salt, pepper and garlic, light sweet and maybe light onion in the background. I have eaten many buffalo flavored chicken wings in the past, and I love this flavor. Well, Yellowstone Brand has hit a mammoth home run with this flavor; it’s like shooting a basket with no backboard from centre court. A Doug Flutie Hail Mary with no time left on the clock for a touchdown to win the game. Three thumbs up (if I had three thumbs), this jerky is the bomb.”
Yellowstone Brand – Buffalo Chicken Turkey Jerky did an admirable job and they’ll quickly and easily gain repeated business and acquire loyal and faithful clientele with such an authentic flavor.
We’ve rated this flavor 9/10 due to its excessive saltiness and we were unanimous, this jerky is a pleasure and a gem of wonderful flavor and great texture.
This 3 ounce/85 gram bag of jerky cost $1.99. That works out to unbelievably 66 cents an ounce, which is the cheapest price reviewed of over 600 jerky reviews to date.
Very Good (9/10) – Taste Rating
This clear resealable plastic bag has a label affixed to the front, and a best before date on the back. The background is of a canyon or mountain. This Yellowstone Brand logo displays some mountains in the background.
There are no slogans printed on this bag. The only facts printed on this bag are “Natural Smoke Flavorings and Turkey Added”.
The only bag categories missing are the jerky weight not stated in grams, and a blurb printed about this buffalo flavor and Yellowstone Brand jerky.
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