In 2009, Josh Kace and a group of jerky-enthusiast friends decided that they deserved a better jerky experience. They gathered under the slanted roof of a New York City apartment and a dream was born: tender beef jerky made from 100% grass-fed beef, organic spices, and non-GMO, preservative-free marinades. The mission at Slant Shack is to create a delicious, nutritious snack made from whole, quality ingredients. SlantShack is a Certified B Corporation meaning they incorporate social and environmental concerns into its business goals. They collaborate with third-party certifiers to ensure that all of their suppliers adhere to the highest standards for animal welfare and sustainable agricultural practices. Slant Shack jerky is distributed under the name of Slantshack Jerky, LLC., and they are located in Brooklyn, New York.
The next review on Slant Shack will focus on a 2 ounce/56 gram bag of their maple garlic flavored 100% grass-fed beef jerky. This flavor is described as being sweet n’ tangy, with a kick — a favorite! The bag was graciously submitted for review by co-founder & CEO David Koretz.
Grass-Fed Beef, Organic Soy Sauce (Water, Organic Soybeans, Salt), Organic Ketchup (Organic Tomato Concentrate Made From Red Ripe Organic Tomatoes, Organic Distilled Vinegar, Sugar, Salt, Onion Powder, Spices, Natural Flavoring), Organic Worcestershire Sauce (Water, Organic Vinegar, Organic Gluten Free Tamari [Water, Organic Soybeans, Salt], Organic Sugar, Salt, Organic Garlic Powder, Organic Onion Powder, Organic Spices), Organic Dark Brown Sugar (Evapoarated Cane Juice and Molasses), Tabasco Sauce (Distilled Vinegar, Red Pepper, Salt), Distilled White Vinegar, Honey, Organic Onion Powder, Salt, Organic Spices, Molasses, 100% Pure Maple Syrup. Allergen Warnings: Soy
Slant Shack is guaranteed to use 100% grass-fed beef. As a result, the cattle are guaranteed to have free range access, and be ethically raised. Therefore, the ingredient rating starts at an Excellent (10/10) rating.
The liquid marinade used here consists of a high quality brand of organic soy sauce, organic ketchup, organic Worcestershire sauce, the respected brand of Tabasco sauce, healthy distilled white vinegar, healthy 100% pure maple syrup, and locally sourced honey. While maple syrup offers many healthy benefits, it should be consumed in moderation as maple syrup contains a high amount of sugar.
There are some healthy ingredients added such as organic garlic powder, organic onion powder, and organic spices.
The sugar level is acceptable at 2 grams of sugar per 28 grams of sugar. The salt level is sort of on the high side at 510mg of salt per 28 grams of jerky. However, a healthy untreated sea salt is used where the salt levels are therefore ignored.
This jerky does qualify to have no sodium nitrite, or any other similar unhealthy preservatives. Instead, sea salt is the main preservative used, and vinegar to a lesser degree. Admirably, this jerky qualifies to have no MSG added.
Excellent (10/10) – Ingredient Rating
Written by guest jerky reviewer Stéphane Leclerc
The first flavors introduced by the Slant Shack Maple Garlic 100% Grass Fed Beef Jerky are a rich combination of ketchup made of ripe tomatoes, Worcestershire and Soy sauce, a nice sprinkle of salt and a great punch of garlic.
As labeled on the bag “Maple Garlic”, the garlic is a major hit where the flavor of maple is rather light or subtle at best. We would have appreciated a little more of this decadent Maple flavor.
Although the maple stands lightly in the background, its sweetness does balance the other flavors without obviously being too sweet or disruptive. The natural beef flavor and a very tiny kick strikes some slight notes on the tongue and add another layer to an already tasty flavor profile.
These jerky strips are mostly small in size and sliced to a medium thickness. The texture is between dry, moist and requires a reasonable amount of effort to chew. The soy and garlic aromas are quite stimulating and intriguing and do great at tickling our interest and senses in the right way.
The garlic certainly steals the show and after chewing a few strips, the aftertaste lingers in the mouth. It probably would be wise not to get too involved in French Kissing the right someone. On the other hand, it would probably be more appropriate as a well intentioned kiss of death with the wrong one.
Mark shared his opinion: “I would describe this flavor as having a high fine quality taste, comparable to if you were to drink an expensive fine red wine”.
Two big thumbs up to Slant Shack Maple Garlic 100% Grass Fed Beef Jerky and with a little extra splash of Maple goodness, this would likely make this Maple Garlic jerky a mainstay for all garlic lovers.
We highly recommend this jerky to any fan of garlic and not so much to French Kissers enthusiasts. We firmly and enthusiastically award the Slant Shack Maple Garlic 100% Grass Fed Beef Jerky a Very Good (9/10) taste rating.
A case of 8 2 ounce/56 gram bags sell online for $45.99. That works out to $2.87 an ounce, which rates as an cheap price considering that 100% grass-fed beef jerky is used.
Very Good (9/10) – Taste Rating
This plastic non-resealable bag has everything imprinted on the front, and nothing on the back.
Slogans printed on this bag are “Made Right. Made Delicious” and “Our Grass is 100% Grass-Fed”. Some facts printed on this bag are “Gluten-Free”, “Ginger|Honey|Garlic|Cumin”, “Beef Used Has No Antibiotics, No Hormones & No Artificial Ingredients”, and “90 Calories & 14 Grams of Protein”. The question is posed “Why Grass-Fed?”. The answer given is “Slantshack Only Used 100% Grass-Fed Beef Because It Is Free Range, and Never Confined to a Feedlot”.
All bag categories are covered with this bag. There is a good blurb on the back describing Slant Shack. You are encouraged to follow Slant Shack on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. A stamp is displayed designating that Slant Shack is a Certified B Corporation.
Excellent (10/10) – Bag Rating
Order their jerky online: www.slantshack.com
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