In 1954, husband and wife Dominic (Dick) Potenza and Ann led Montreal’s iconic burger chain, Dic Ann’s. Known for their famous secret sauce, they decided to take that secret and bring it to the next level. They have infused this handmade beef jerky with their famous sauce, and the result is brilliant. A traditional style jerky married with a unique taste led to the creation of this original flavour.
In 1987, they set a world record by serving 1,306 cheeseburgers in one hour, all made by the same person! The cheeseburgers contained all the condiments chosen. In 1998, their St-Jérôme branch served 1,542 hamburgers in one hour.
Dic Ann’s greatest pride is to have satisfied millions of customers over the years. Since 1954, they have served five generations of satisfied customers, and it is with this beautiful tradition, they want to offer you the best hamburger and jerky in town. This Dic Ann’s jerky brand name is located in Montreal, Quebec, and is distributed under the same name of Dic Ann’s.
MTL Jerky is the private labeler for this Dic Ann’s jerky brand. In our previous five reviews of MTL Jerky flavours, their taste ratings are (10,10,10,10,9). Personally, MTL Jerky is my go-to jerky, with several online orders made to date recently. MTL Jerky offers free shipping across Canada and they are located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
The first review for Dic Ann’s will focus on a 1.76 ounce/70 gram bag of their Original flavored beef jerky. This flavour is described as being a traditional style jerky infused with Dic Ann’s famous secret sauce. The jerky was kindly submitted by CDEO’s (Chief Do Everything Officer’s) Anthony Zammit and Delbina Potenza.
Ingredients: Beef, Dic Ann’s Original Sauce, Pineapple Juice from Concentrate (Water, Pineapple Juice Concentrate, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)), Sugars (Raw Sugar), Salt and Spices. Allergen Warnings: Mustard
Ingrédients: Beef, sauce original Dic Ann’s, jus d’ananas fait de concentetre (eau, jus d’ananas concentre, acide ascorbique (vitamine C)), sucres (raw sugar), sel and epices. Allergen Warnings: Mustard
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 level of sugar is a little high at 3 grams of sugar per 20 grams of jerky to lose a rating. Our preference is 3 grams of sugar or less per 28 grams of jerky. The salt level is sort of high at 360mg of salt per 20 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, apart from salt, ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is used as a preservative. Commendably, there is no MSG added.
DIC ANN’S – ORIGINAL BEEF JERKY
Written by guest jerky reviewer Paul Rekker
When I cut open the bag, I smell an aroma that I cannot exactly put my finger on. It may actually smell like a burger, but not entirely, maybe it’s the burger sauce I’m smelling. This jerky has a dark hue, which must mean copious amounts of marinade, which is incredible. Anyways, the jerky is medium in size, thin to medium in thickness, and it leaves no oily residue on your fingers.
The first flavours I encounter are salt, at a respectable level, not too salty, slightly sweet, not too intense, garlic, pepper, at a decent level, natural beef, and a sauce, not pineapple, but maybe the secret sauce they are referring to. I can’t think of anything else to compare it to. It has some heat, rather mild, but definitely noticeable. This jerky will have to pass as original, but there are many more flavours going on inside this jerky which makes it more than original, but I cannot pinpoint it, so it shall remain original. I am thoroughly enjoying this flavour of jerky, MTL jerky has done it again. Congratulations, MTL jerky, you have had a significant hand once again in making some delectable jerky. A very enthusiastic two thumbs up!!👍👍 A definitive 10/10. Gentlemen?
Written by guest jerky reviewer Stéphane Leclerc
The Dic Ann’s Beef Jerky Original is an interesting creation; it is tasty with a fragrant and beautiful aroma. This meaty snack is reminiscent of Montreal Smoke Meat. The jerky is rich and has a wonderful depth of flavor while also packed with great umami flavor. The tomatoes with a touch of sweetness provide a pleasant fruitiness. All this is nicely complemented with a noticeable spiciness.
A statement on the bag in French states: “Made with Our Famous Spicy Sauce” The maker did not translate and print it into English, and it is worth mentioning.
Dic Ann’s Beef Jerky Original flavor is highly addictive, I really enjoyed it, and it deserves 10/10 Taste Rating.
Let the Good Times Roll, Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler!!!
Here is what Mark had to say about this original beef jerky flavor from Dic Ann’s: “Thanks Stéphane and Paul for the great taste reviews. This is an interesting flavour for sure. While not having ever tried a Dic Ann’s hamburger before, on my to-do list, the secret sauce does stand out here, where it reminds you of a hamburger flavour although not in texture. Also true in that there is a noticeable small level of spiciness present as advertised. While this is a great tasting flavour, my experience was that the overall taste profile is off a slight bit, where maybe a little tweak needs to be done.”
“Naming this an original flavour is a bit misleading. An original flavour should focus on the natural flavour of beef. It is unusual for an original flavour to contain any kind of heat and the Dic Ann’s Original Sauce is the star of the show. Perhaps this flavour name should be named Dic Ann’s Sauce or Dic Ann’s Secrete Sauce beef jerky.”
This resealable bag has everything imprinted directly on the bag, both on the front and back. In the background is an illustration of a cow.
The Dic Ann’s slogan is “Since 1954”. Some facts printed on this bag are “Artisinal”, “Handcrafted”, “Made in Montreal”, and “Product of Quebec”. Two stamps not translated to English are “Fait Avec Notre Fameuse Sauce Epicée (Made With Their Famous Spicy Sauce)” and “Ailments Préparés Au Québec (Quebec Grown Garlic)”
The only missing bag categories are a transparent window to view the jerky and distributor address details. There is a good blurb printed on the back about this jerky. English translations are provided for almost everything.
Order their jerky online: www.dicanns.com