Big Chief Meat Snacks has proudly been in business for 50 years. 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 2.8 ounce/80 gram bag of their black pepper flavoured chopped and formed beef jerky. This flavour is described as having a classic black pepper flavour. The jerky was kindly submitted by Marketing & Social Media Coordinator Tanner Thompson.
Alberta’s locally sourced beef 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.
The texture of this jerky is chopped and formed. As a result, two ingredient ratings are deducted without a natural whole sliced strip of jerky.
The only healthy ingredient added is spices, which undoubtedly includes black pepper.
The sugar level is great at only 1 gram of sugar per 30 grams of jerky. The salt level is acceptable at 360mg of salt per 30 grams of jerky.
This jerky does not qualify to have no sodium nitrite as sodium nitrite is used outright as a preservative to lose a rating. This jerky does not qualify to have no MSG added, as the highly processed cheap flavour enhancer hydrolyzed soy protein is used to lose another rating.
Big Chief Meat Snacks – Black Pepper Beef Jerky
Written by guest jerky reviewer Paul Rekker
When I open the bag I smell soy. It both looks and smells like chopped and formed jerky morsels. Every piece is basically the same (no surprise seeing as it’s chopped and formed). The jerky is definitely moist, and it leaves a fair amount of oily residue on your fingers.
When I bite into the jerky I taste a significant amount of salt, light sweet, garlic, soy, slight vinegar, and a heavy dose of black pepper, just as advertised. My oh my, this jerky is full of flashy fantastic fulfillment. I am loving this jerky, even though it’s chopped and formed. D*mn, sign me up. I am still a Big Chief jerky disciple. A most obvious 10/10, this jerky is “da bomb”!!! A very enthusiastic two thumbs up!!👍👍 Gentlemen?
Written by guest jerky reviewer Stéphane Leclerc
Big Chief Black Pepper Beef Jerky tastes alright but the black pepper is light at first. The jerky is chopped and formed; the texture is soft, spongy, and oily. The black pepper flavor develops after a few bites and so does the saltiness and oiliness of the product.
This jerky taste and feel like low quality processed meat to me, and I can’t find anything to turn my crank with this one. I am usually a big fan of black pepper beef jerky, and I am not sold on this product, I wouldn’t consider purchasing this product and as such, I’d rate it at 6/10 taste rating, and I’d be comfortable with a lower rating.
Here is what Mark had to say about this black pepper beef jerky flavour from Big Chief Meat Snacks: “Thanks Paul and Stéphane. I lean more towards Stéphane here. True, the texture is oily and spongy, but that is just the nature of a chopped and formed texture. Where I disagree with Paul here is that the peppered level is not strong enough. Not strong enough anyway in that if I did this taste review blindfolded, it would have taken me a while to guess that this flavour is black pepper. Otherwise, there is a pleasant blend of flavours with again true, a high level of saltiness. With Stéphane at a generous 6 rating, Paul at a solid 10, and myself at an 8 rating, a Good (8/10) taste rating will be awarded”.”
The resealable plastic bag has everything imprinted directly on the bag, both on the front and back. There are no labels affixed to this bag. A graphic is displayed on the back of a cow’s head that cleverly has the B from the Big Chief logo.
A slogan on this bag could be “Big Taste. Big Adventure”. Some facts printed on this bag are “Chopped and Formed”, “Excellent Source of Protein”, “Gluten Free”, and “Product of Canada”.
The only bag category missing is a transparent window to view the actual jerky. There is a great blurb printed on the back about Big Chief Meat Snacks. As per Canadian law, French translations are provided. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin icons are displayed. Commendably, a telephone number is displayed for customer inquiries.
Order their jerky online: www.bigchiefmeatsnacks.com