Sierra Madre Provisions are located in Sierra Madre, California, which is in the foothill of the San Gabriel Mountains. They have been in business for over 30 years selling wholesale and retail, using ranch raised cattle. Their meat is hand sliced, and as of today, Sierra Madre Provision Co. sells 18 different flavors of jerky. The Sierra Madre Provision Co. jerky brand name is distributed and manufactured by Sierra Madre Provisions.
The next review on Sierra Madre Provision Co. will focus on a 3.25 ounce/92 gram bag of their teriyaki turkey jerky flavor. This flavor is described as sweet turkey with a soft chew. The jerky was kindly submitted by the creator of this Sierra Madre Provision Co. jerky brand, James Schaft (a.k.a. – Jimmy the Jerky Man).
Ingredients: Turkey, Teriyaki Sauce (Soy Sauce [Water, Wheat, Soybeans, Salt], Wine, Sugar, Vinegar, Salt, Spices, Onion Powder, Succinic Acid, Garlic, Sodium Benzoate), Vinegar, Granulated Garlic, Onion Powder, Liquid Smoke, Cure Mix (Salt, Sodium Nitrite). Allergen Warnings: Soy, Wheat
On the whole, turkey is a leaner and healthier choice of meat compared to using beef. Turkeys raised in the US are not allowed to receive growth hormones. There is no guarantee that the turkey have free range access to roam about. As a result, the highest ingredient rating possible is Very Good (9/10).
The liquid marinade used here contains a decent brand of teriyaki sauce, healthy vinegar, and liquid smoke.
Some healthy ingredients are added such as granulated garlic and onion powder.
There is no nutrition facts table provided. As a result, the exact sugar and salt levels are unknown.
This jerky does not qualify to be sodium nitrite free, as sodium nitrite is used outright as a preservative to lose a rating. Admirably, this jerky does qualify to have no MSG added.
Good (8/10) – Ingredient Rating
These strips of jerky are medium to large in size, and sliced thin. This texture is more so on the dry side, and quite chewy, but reasonably easy to chew. The aroma is of sweetness and a teriyaki type of sauce, which is pretty much how this flavor tastes.
The first taste detected is a moderate level of sweetness and a mild level of saltiness. One may argue that it’s too sweet tasting, but it is more likely at an acceptable level for a teriyaki flavor. The teriyaki flavor itself comes across quite well with the soy, wine, onion, and garlic.
With the sweetness there is not much natural turkey flavor present. In the background there is a faint level of smokiness. The vinegar does a great job of balancing this flavor profile.
Here is what Paul had to say about this teriyaki flavor: “The first flavors I encounter are salt, pepper to a lesser degree, lots of sweet, maybe too much, but it being a teriyaki flavor I will cut it some slack. I can tell it’s not beef right away, my immediate guess would have been turkey, which is not generally a favorite of mine. All personal biases aside, this jerky does taste like turkey, and it does resemble a teriyaki flavor, but again, lacking any ‘wow’ factor, I cannot justify a 10, so 9/10 it is gentlemen.
This flavor was shared between six people. Three people were at an Excellent (10/10) taste rating, and the other three were at a Very Good (9/10) taste rating. Technically, there is nothing wrong this teriyaki flavor. Perhaps Paul summed it up best where there is no ‘wow’ factor.
This 3.25 ounce/92 gram bag sells online for $6.99, which works out to $1.84 an ounce. That rates as a cheap price. Free shipping is offered on orders over $49.
Very Good (9/10) – Taste Rating
This is a fairly tall bag. The front is gold colored, and the back is silver colored with nothing on the back. There is a label affixed to the front, plus a separate sticker that states “Turkey”. The scenic picture on this bag depicts mountains, including a few California palm trees.
There are no slogans printed on this bag. The only fact printed on this bag is “Liquid Smoke Flavoring Added”.
There are a few bag categories missing, such as a blurb about Sierra Madre Provision Co. and a nutrition facts table. Kudos to Sierra Madre Provision Co., where they provide a toll free phone number for customer inquiries.
Order their jerky online: www.sierramadreprovision.com
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