Frustrated with what jerky was available in Quebec, Alex set out to create jerky that was different from the status quo. The main focus is the quality of ingredients, and different flavour combinations as a healthy alternative source of protein. Alex claims to have 32 grams of protein per 70 gram bag, the highest percentage of protein when using the metric of cost of jerky/weight of jerky.
Alex is constantly researching on ways to improve jerky, and is a true jerky aficionado whom I have met. On June 1st, 2017, Alex officially launched this MTL Jerky brand name. This MTL Jerky brand name is located in Montreal, Quebec, and is distributed under the same name of MTL Jerky.
The next review for MTL Jerky will focus on a 2.5 ounce/70 gram bag of their Chili Lime flavoured beef jerky. This Chili Lime flavour is described as combining the sour taste of fresh limes with the heat of ground chili peppers that will leave your taste buds wanting more. The jerky was graciously submitted for review by the founder, Alexander Halasz.
Ingredients: Beef (Eye Of Round), Lime Juice, Honey, Raw Sugar, Sea Salt, Granulated Garlic, Chili Flakes, Chili Powder, Lemon Extract.
Ingrédients: Boeuf (Noix de Ronde), Jus De Citron, Miel, Sucre Brut, Sel De Mer, Ail Granulé, Flocons De Chili, Poudre De Chili, Extrait De Citron Pur.
The beef 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.
The liquid marinade used here is comprised of healthy lime juice, and healthy honey.
The level of sugar is acceptable at 3 grams of sugar per 20 grams of jerky. The salt level is alright at 300mg of salt per 20 grams of jerky, which uses healthy minimally processed sea salt.
This jerky does qualify to have no sodium nitrite, or any other similar unhealthy preservatives. Instead, the main preservative used are sea salt. Commendably, there is no MSG added.
Good (8/10) – Ingredient Rating
MTL JERKY – CHILI LIME BEEF JERKY
Written by guest jerky reviewer Paul Rekker
When I open the bag, I smell slight lime, no chili. The pieces are somewhat small in size, and they are sliced to a medium thickness. The jerky is a bit hard (which I like) and dry, and it leaves no oily residue on your fingers.
When I bite into the jerky I am met with a number of very favorable flavors, such as salt, pepper (at a strong level), minimal sweet, garlic, onion, lime, and, as I eat more strips, the chili flavor is starting to make its way into the mix. You can visually see the chili flakes on the jerky. This flavor of jerky is coming through in spades by now with both the lime and the chili, as advertised, which is of no surprise to me, seeing as we have reviewed a number of MTL Jerky flavors in the past, and they all rated very well also.
‘Mon Dieu, ce saccade est extremement savoureux’!! Translated, it means ‘My Goodness, this jerky is extremely tasty!!’ MTL Jerky, take a bow, you have once again made an impressive jerky flavor. I would be remiss if I didn’t award a perfect 10/10 for this ridiculously tasty flavor of jerky. Deux pouces vers le haut!! !!👍👍 (Two thumbs way up)!!👍👍
Here is what Mark had to say about this Chili Lime beef jerky flavor from MTL Jerky: “Thanks Paul for another great taste review. Due to COVID-19, we are down to just Paul and I for this review instead of the Group of Seven. I am largely on board here with Paul’s taste review. True the texture is a bit tough to chew with these bite sized strips, having an old school texture.”
“My one issue is that these strips are not consistent. As a result, the taste profile tastes different enough between strips to dock a rating. The spiciness and lime flavors comes across quite well in most strips, as enthusiastically described by Paul. Continuez ce bon travail Alex (Keep up the great work Alex)”
A 2.5 ounce/70 gram bag sells online for $8.00. That works out to $3.20 an ounce, which rates as an expensive price. Free shipping is offered on orders over $50.
Very Good (9/10) – Taste Rating
This black, resealable bag has everything imprinted directly on the bag, both on the front and back. The skyline of Montreal is displayed.
The MTL Jerky slogan is “Le Boeuf Du Peuple (The People’s Beef)”. Some facts printed on this bag are “No Artificial Flavours”, “Low In Fat”, “Good Source of Protein”, and “Made in Canada”. Two stamps are displayed for “Gluten-Free” and “Ailments Préparés Au Québec (Quebec Grown Garlic)”
All bag categories are covered here. There is a decent blurb printed on the bag about this jerky. Their @mtljerky social media handle is provided for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. As per Canadian law French and English translations are provided for everything.
Excellent (10/10) – Bag Rating
Order their jerky online: www.mtljerky.com
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