For three generations, the Klein family has been making meat snacks. Originally a sausage producer and delicatessen, Alberta Fancy Sausage Ltd. was founded in 1971. When the switch was made from delicatessen to beef jerky manufacturer, Big Chief Meat Snacks’ new jerky brand evolved. Family-owned, Big Chief Meat Snacks Inc. promotes active lifestyles and a balanced diet. People referred to the founder William Klein as “Big Chief”, and how the Big Chief jerky brand name was adopted. This Big Chief Meat Snacks jerky brand name is distributed under Big Chief Meat Snacks Inc., and it is located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
The next review on Big Chief Meat Snacks will focus on a 0.88 ounce/25 gram bag of their hot flavoured beef jerky stick. This flavour is described as being HOT with a blend of spices that are sure to pack a punch in your mouth. This jerky was kindly submitted by Marketing & Social Media Coordinator Tanner Thompson.
Ingredients: Beef, Salt, Spices and Spice Extracts, Sugar, Monosodium Glutamate, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Potato Starch, Sodium Erythorbate, Sodium Nitrite. Allergen Warnings: Soy
The locally sourced beef used from Alberta is not guaranteed to be free of growth hormones or additional antibiotics. The cattle are 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 Very Good (9/10) rating.
Some healthy ingredients added are spices and spice extracts.
There is no nutrition facts table provided. As a result, the exact sugar and sodium levels are unknown.
This jerky does not qualify to have no sodium nitrite as both sodium erythorbate, and sodium nitrite is used as preservatives to lose a rating.
This jerky does not qualify to be MSG-free, as the flavour enhancer monosodium glutamate (MSG) is used outright to lose a rating. The highly processed cheap flavour enhancer hydrolyzed soy protein is used to lose another rating.
Alright (6/10) – Ingredient Rating
BIG CHIEF MEAT SNACKS – HOT BEEF STICK
Written by guest jerky reviewer Derek Pagie
The jerky is a single thick stick in red/orange packaging, it has a rough texture, and it leaves an oily residue on your fingers.
I expected it to be spicy based on its name but was surprised to find it very mild. I’m not a big fan of overly spicy food.
The first flavours I encounter are beef. Later the peppers kick in. It was a good taste but not a hot beef stick, so a 7/10 is my rating.
Here is what Mark had to say about this hot beef stick flavour from Big Chief Meat Snacks: “Thanks for the taste review Derek. When I open up the bag, I am not entirely sure what I am smelling. The texture is soft and tender, being simple to chew. Handling this beef stick leaves a fair amount of oily residue on your fingers.”
“The first tastes I encounter are a high level of saltiness, light black pepper, light garlic, mild sweetness, and a mild soy flavor. There is a bit of spiciness in this flavor, but certainly not much. On a heat scale, the heat level might possibly get a 2 out of 5, but that is even debatable.”
“Overall, this is a tasty and enjoyable meat stick. For a flavor named hot and advertised as being hot, this meat stick falls short of that claim. At best, this meat stick achieves a spicy status, and even then not that spicy. After some consideration, a Good (8/10) taste rating seems warranted.”
This 0.88 ounce/25 gram meat stick cost $2.25. That works out to $2.56 an ounce, which rates at an expensive price.
This plastic bag has everything imprinted directly on the front of the bag. A graphic is displayed on the back of a cow’s head that cleverly has the B from the Big Chief logo. This bag is vacuum-sealed, the best way to keep a meat stick fresh tasting.
There are no slogans printed on this bag. The only fact printed on this bag is “Chopped and Formed”.
The only bag categories missing are a blurb printed about Big Chief Meat Snacks and this hot flavour. There is not enough space available, so no ratings are deducted. Commendably, a telephone number is displayed for customer inquiries.
Excellent (10/10) – Bag Rating
Order their jerky online: www.bigchiefmeatsnacks.com
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