The first review for 3B’s Pub Jerky will focus on a 1 ounce/28 gram bag of their cherry ghost pepper flavored beef jerky. This cherry ghost pepper beef jerky flavor is described as daring to try this Hickory based, ghost pepper hot sauce blend, with a hint of extra hot BBQ sauce, flavored with habanero, black and red peppers. The jerky was kindly submitted for review by the Founder/Owner/Creator, Backwoods Chef Eddie Kirby.
Backwoods Chef Eddie is the creator of the 3B’s Pub Jerky brand name that was officially launched in 2006. 3B’s meaning Beer, Babes, and Burgers/Beef. Eddie was a U.S. Army paratrooper having served during the Cold war era defending a border with the 11th ACR from a possible threat. Growing up in the Backwoods and hunting in his home state of Virginia, he became an avid hunter following traditional Native American ways of hunting building natural blinds, hunting from trees, or stalking his prey. Whitetail deer and wild turkey were his favorite choices for jerky. All meat is harvested and not wasted. With the harvest of those hunts, the earliest jerky recipes were created, which have evolved into the recipes that they use with their beef jerky today. This 3B’s Pub Jerky brand name is located in Elkton, Virginia, and it is distributed under the same name of 3B’s Pub Jerky.
Ingredients: Beef, Sugar, Onion, Worcestershire Sauce, Soy Sauce, Paprika, Celery, Less Than 2% Molasses, Black Pepper, Hickory Smoke Flavoring, Vinegar, Tomato Paste, Mustard Flour, Brown Sugar, Maple Syrup, Grape Puree. Spicy Variations May Contain Cayenne, Jalapeno, Habanero and/or Ghost Pepper. Allergen Warnings: Soy
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 used here is
comprised of Worcestershire sauce, healthy vinegar, healthy tomato paste, maple syrup, grape puree, and soy sauce. The ingredient lists for the Worcestershire and soy sauces are not provided.
There are some healthy ingredients added such as onion, paprika, celery, and black pepper. The heat is achieved from cayenne pepper, jalapeno pepper, habanero and/or ghost pepper. Hot peppers are healthy if eaten in moderation, which flushes toxins out of the body.
The sugar level is very high at 10 grams of sugar per 28 grams of jerky to lose a rating. Our preference is 5 grams of sugar or less per 28 grams of jerky for a hot based sweet tasting flavor. The salt level is high at 480mg of salt per 28 grams of jerky to lose another rating. Our preference is 350mg of salt or less per 28 grams of jerky.
This jerky does qualify to have no sodium nitrite, or any other similar unhealthy preservatives. Instead celery is used with its naturally occurring nitrates. Admirably, this jerky qualifies to have no MSG added.
Decent (7/10) – Ingredient Rating
Written by guest jerky reviewer Paul Rekker
When I open the bag, I smell cherry and heat. The pieces are small to medium in size, and they are sliced rather thick. The jerky is a bit tough (which I happen to like), and it is a bit of a chore to chew.
The first flavors I encounter are salt, pepper, garlic in the background, sweet (possibly a bit too sweet), but I taste cherry, which could contribute a bit to the sweet flavor. I definitely encounter the heat as well, which is delicious, but not ghost pepper hot.
This jerky is extremely tasty, and I’m having a really tough time trying to stop myself from killing it off in one sitting, but it is because the heat is not dialed up as hot as it should that I am even able to devour this flavor in one sitting. If it truly was ‘ghost pepper’ hot, neither my tongue, mouth, palette or stomach would have allowed me to. Therefore, I feel compelled to dock it a point, and award it a very tasty and delicious 9/10. Gentlemen?
Here is what Mark had to say about this cherry ghost pepper beef jerky flavor from 3B’s Pub Jerky: “Stéphane Leclerc and I agree with Paul. For a ghost pepper flavor, it’s not all that hot. Some people did not pick up on the heat much. The sweetness is arguably too sweet, and the fruit flavor somewhat resembles cherries. This flavor, especially the lack of heat, is not entirely consistent from bite to bite, strip to strip. This jerky was shared between 10 people, where the feedback was very positive save for Sid who thought it was too sweet tasting and not hot enough. Here are the official ratings between the Group of Seven (Mark – 9, Paul – 9, Stéphane – 10, Nolan – 9, Mark M. – 9.5, Sid – 7, Ava – 7.5).”
A 1 ounce/28 gram bag sells for $5.00, which rates as an expensive price. The price is cheaper at $3.12 an ounce if you order a pound of jerky from the 3B’s Pub Jerky web site.
Very Good (9/10) – Taste Rating
This brown resealable plastic bag has labels affixed to both the front and back. 3B’s Pub Jerky Logo was created from Eddie’s “Family Crest”, which originated in Ireland and comes from “The Village of Churches”, and their heritage proudly carries on still today in the 3B’s Pub Jerky Logo.
There are no slogans or facts printed on this bag.
Some bag categories missing are the jerky weight is not stated in grams, a blurb about 3B’s Pub Jerky and this cherry ghost pepper flavor, distributor address details, a USDA stamp, a best before date, and a bar code.
Order their jerky online: www.bcejerky.com
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