Jax Snax Foods Inc. is a family owned business that launched in 2011. Things are done a little differently with Jax Snax Foods Inc., where there is no fooling around. They currently only sell a whopping 15 ounce bag of jerky, which is 425.24 grams. Only serious jerky lovers needed here. Each bag contains 15 humongous, tasty original flavored Jax Beef Jerky slabs. Note that there are plans in place to offer a 70 gram bag in the near future, plus introduce some new flavors. The jerky is advertised to use 100% high grade whole muscle beef. Jax Beef Jerky is currently sold in Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, and Ontario. Jax Beef Jerky is distributed by Jax Snax Food Inc., and they are located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
The first review on Jax Beef Jerky will focus on a 15 ounce/425.24 gram bag of their original flavored beef jerky. This original flavor is advertised as a great tasting combination of spices and beef with a hickory smoked flavor. The bag was kindly submitted for review by the owner, Mak.
Ingredients: Beef, Sugar, Water, Pineapple Juice, Vinegar, Soy Sauce (Water, Wheat, Soy Beans, Salt, Sodium Benzoate), Salt, Garlic Powder, Liquid Smoke, Sodium Nitrite. Allergen Warnings: Soy, Wheat
The beef used is guaranteed to have been raised ethically, meaning not administered growth hormones or additional antibiotics. This beef is also guaranteed to have at least partial free range to roam about as nature intended. As a result, the highest ingredient rating possible is Very Good (9/10).
The liquid marinade is comprised of water, healthy pineapple juice, super healthy vinegar, an average soy sauce, and liquid smoke.
The sugar level is on the high side at 7 grams of sugar per 28 grams of jerky to lose a rating. Our preference is 3 grams of sugar or less per 28 grams of jerky. The salt level is decent at 270mg of salt per 28 grams of jerky.
This jerky does not qualify to have no sodium nitrite, as sodium nitrite is used outright as a preservative to lose a rating. This is not surprising with such a large quantity of jerky in one bag. Commendably, this jerky has no MSG added.
Decent (7/10) – Ingredient Rating
Written by guest jerky reviewer Stéphane Leclerc
I originally thought this jerky was somewhat bland and then I chose to slow down and pace myself a little. I took the time to slowly chew and savor each bite and it happened, I saw the light!
Jax Beef Jerky Original Beef Jerky is incredible. It explodes with flavor where I could taste every single little nuance from the natural beef flavor to the fruitiness, the high quality soy to the depth of smokiness, the garlic and a neat little kick of black pepper. All these flavors jumped out and rocked the boat all at once and burst into a very tasty and complex flavor profile.
I find this dry almost leathery texture has some interesting characteristics or at least this specific jerky. It appears to work two fold where the flavor is locked in tighter than with regular jerky and it also requires a little more effort in chewing to fully extract all flavors. Once done, it is like a time bomb and you are in for a ride, baby! I am not usually a big fan of such texture, but I find this jerky quite intriguing. The flavor keeps building up and intensifying with each bite.
Mark described this jerky as: “These strips of jerky are very large in size, and sliced razor thin. The texture is dry, and requires some effort to chew, but being so thinly sliced aids in chewing. There are some visible signs of fat that accentuate the natural beef flavor. The aroma is mainly the beef, and a light whiff of something appealing but I cannot pinpoint.”
“No singular flavor jumps out at first, just a pleasant blend of flavors. At a light level is a fruit based flavor, as is the soy, saltiness, and garlic. There is some truth in that this flavor could be confused as a teriyaki flavor if the sweetness and soy levels were higher.”
“There is a reasonably good amount of beef flavor present, enough to justify an Original flavor. In the background is a subtle taste of smokiness.”
Furthermore, Mark also said: “At first I was not blown away with this flavor. But surprisingly wow, the more jerky that I ate, the more this flavor grew on me. It’s as if the taste sneaks up on you, and takes over you. This Original flavor is deceptively addictive. True, you would not classify this flavor as bold tasting. Nonetheless, this Original flavor sure is tasty, and this is what using crack must be like”.
In conclusion, I personally can’t find anything wrong with this Jax Beef Jerky Original Beef Jerky. It is incredibly flavorful and addictive as sin. All the flavors are natural and there is no sacrifice when it comes to the great natural beef flavor. Mark and I were much more favorable to this great jerky and awarded 10/10 taste rating and perhaps beyond if we could.
This 15 ounce/425.24 gram bag of jerky sells online for $39.95. That works out to $2.66 an ounce, which rates as an average price.
Excellent (10/10) – Taste Rating
This clear, large plastic bag has a label on the front, and nothing on the back. For such a large quantity of jerky, it is surprising to see that this bag is not resealable. As per Canadian law, French translations are provided.
There are no slogans printed on this bag. The only facts printed on this bag are “Smoke Flavor Added”, and “Product of U.S.A.”
The only other missing bag categories are no soy/wheat allergen alerts are printed, and a blurb not printed about Jax Beef Jerky or this original flavor. Admirably, a toll free number is provided for customer inquiries.
Order their jerky online: www.jaxbeefjerky.com
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