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 Real Western beef jerky flavor. This flavor is described as the taste of teriyaki and brown sugar contrasted with vinegar and smoke, highlighted by small grind black pepper. 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: Beef, Teriyaki Sauce (Soy Sauce [Water, Wheat, Soybeans, Salt], Wine, Sugar, Vinegar, Salt, Spices, Onion Powder, Succinic Acid, Garlic, Sodium Benzoate), Brown Sugar, Vinegar, Spices, Liquid Smoke, Cure Mix (Salt, Sodium Nitrite). Allergen Warnings: Soy, Wheat
Sierra Madre Provision Co. uses ranch raised beef, which means the cattle have free range access to graze on grass. The cattle are also ethically raised, meaning that the cows received no growth hormones or additional antibiotics. As a result, the ingredient rating starts a Very Good (9/10) rating.
The liquid marinade used here contains a decent brand of teriyaki sauce, healthy vinegar, and liquid smoke.
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
Written by guest jerky reviewer Paul Rekker
When I open the bag, I believe I am smelling soy. The pieces are medium in size, and they are sliced to a medium thickness. The jerky is soft and chewy, and it leaves no oily residue on your fingers.
When I bite into the jerky, I immediately taste salt, pepper, garlic, onion and natural beef. There is next to no sweet, which is a good thing.
Each bite is a reminder of how tasty this Real Western flavor of jerky is. Sierra Madre Provision Co. has yet to disappoint, it is a very appealing flavor.
This flavor is unique in the sense that it does not seem to fall into any one category. The flavor can vary from strip to strip, or even bite to bite, as a regular flavor, then a teriyaki flavor, then back to a regular flavor, not quite sure what category to store this taste review under. Maybe a cross between regular and teriyaki, not quite one, not quite the other, but together flashing hints of being identical flavors.
Definitely an intriguing flavor, more regular than teriyaki, but tasty none-the-less. A most definite 9/10 gentlemen.
Here is Stéphane’s taste review: “The Sierra Madre Provision Company Western Style Beef Jerky will certainly score major points with black pepper aficionados. This flavor is bold and nicely accentuated with a splash of acidity. The rich flavor of freshly cracked black pepper and a touch of sweetness is a tasty and widely known pairing. The beautiful beef flavor and smokiness elevates this jerky to another level and compliments well other more subtle flavors.”
“As I reflect on previously enjoyed Sierra Madre Provision Company flavors, this is yet another home run for this jerky maker. They know their jerky and it is certainly serious business.”
“This little gem is quite flavorful, addictive and worthy of an Excellent 10/10 taste rating.”
Here is what Mark had to say about this Real Western beef jerky flavor from Sierra Madre Provision Co. “Thanks Paul and Stéphane for the great taste reviews. Agreed that this Real Western flavor is worthy of a confused 10 taste rating.”
“Stéphane does an eloquent job of summarizing this Real Western flavor. Contrary to Paul, I do pick up a fair amount of sweetness. Paul however is correct, the taste is not consistent bite to bite, strip to strip. This taste inconsistency was witnessed sharing this jerky with the Group of Seven minus Ava. Apart from varying between an original and teriyaki flavor, you can add a black pepper flavor to the mix at times. This jerky is recommended to the original, teriyaki, and black pepper lovers.”
This 3.25 ounce/92 gram bag sells online for $6.99, which works out to $1.84 an ounce. That rates as a pretty cheap price. Free shipping is offered on orders over $49.99.
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 “Real Western”. 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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