In 2018, current CEO James Napier, being a knee down amputee, was determined not to let that disability affect him. James reached out to a friend, fellow patriot, serial entrepreneur, and current COO Lance Wood. Together, while eating some special hot sauces at a local barbecue, James thought that he could sell these hot sauces. In collaboration with their wives, The Patriot Brands LLC was launched shortly afterward selling hot sauces.
James then resurrected his dream of selling jerky. Teaming up with trusted FDA certified processor Kill to Grill with their decades of experience manufacturing jerky, this The Patriot Brands Jerky was officially launched. Late in 2018, The Patriot Brands LLC introduced meat sticks to their line of products for sale. This jerky is distributed by The Patriot Brands LLC, and they are located in Cuba, Missouri.
The next review on The Patriot Brands Jerky will focus on a 7 ounce/198 gram bag of their Garlic Little Smokies flavored pork beef stick. This flavor is described as your traditional flavor mixed with a slight twist to it, just the precise amount of garlic in each bite that will be sure to have you wanting more. The bag was kindly submitted for review by COO Lance Wood.
Pork, Beef, Salt, Spices, Garlic Powder, Sodium Nitrite, FD&C #3, Lactic Acid.
The beef and pork used is not guaranteed to be free of growth hormones or additional antibiotics. Also, the beef is not guaranteed to have at least partial free range access to graze on grass. As a result, the highest ingredient rating that can be awarded is a Good (8/10) rating.
There are some healthy ingredients added such as spices, including garlic powder.
There is no nutrition facts table provided. As a result, the exact sugar and salt levels are unknown.
The artificial color FD&C #3 Red is used to lose a rating.
These meat sticks do not qualify to be sodium nitrite free, as sodium nitrite is used outright as a preservative to lose a rating. Commendably, this flavor qualifies to have no MSG added.
Alright (6/10) – Ingredient Rating
Written by guest jerky reviewer Paul Rekker
When I open the bag I believe I smell vinegar. It looks like any other meat stick, but is a little thicker than most I think. The meat stick is soft and very pliable, and it leaves no oily residue on your fingers.
I am most definitely tasting the garlic, it is coming through quite well. I also taste salt, pepper, no sweet (thankfully), and I also taste vinegar, which is not entirely unusual for meat sticks.
While this meat stick is tasting pretty much as advertised, I would be remiss if I didn’t say that it is not blowing me away. Maybe a slight kick might have put it over the edge, and sent me off on another tangent, but the flavor didn’t quite take me that far. All things considered, I suppose I should be awarding it a 10/10, but I believe my review is writing more like a 9/10. I would be fine with either score. Over to you gentlemen.
Here is what Mark had to say about this Garlic Little Smokies pork beef stick flavor from The Patriot Brands: “Thanks Paul. Wow, just WOW! This has been my most confusing taste review since we started the Group of Seven in April of this year. For the first time, I and Stéphane for that matter had lower ratings than the less experienced Mark M., Sid, Nolan, and Ava. I found the flavor to be bland tasting, which is alright, but with a flavor taste profile that seemed to be off. I could detect pretty much no garlic, and I was not alone, which was the killer for me. The smoked flavor aspect was there enough.
This texture was not great either. The casing sorely missed that ‘snap’ you should get when breaking a meat stick. Paul termed the texture as ‘very pliable’. Quite simply the texture does not break at all, where you have to twist, pinch, or slice with something to break a piece off. I was leaning towards a 6, but settled on a 7 taste rating. Stéphane was closer to a 6 rating also.
Group of Seven ratings were (Mark – 7, Paul – 9, Stéphane – 7, Nolan – 8, Mark M. – 9, Sid – 9, Ava – 8). That averages out to a 8.14 rating between the Group of Seven.
A 7 ounce/198 gram bag currently sells online for sale at $6.99. That works out to $1.00 an ounce, which rates as a cheap price. Free shipping is offered on online orders of $40, and includes a free pocket Constitution!
This non-resealable bag has a label affixed to the front, and nothing on the back. The Patriot Brands Jerky logo resembles a dog tag issued by the military.
There are no slogans or facts printed on this bag.
Some missing bag categories are a blurb printed about The Patriot Brands Jerky or this Garlic Little Smokies flavor, a nutrition facts table, and a best before date. A lot number is provided, which could translate to a best before date.
Order their jerky online: www.thepatriotbrands.com
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