It started in the late 1990s, where 2jerkys Ron Myrick and Doug Labb started making jerky for their camping and canoe trips. In 2013, after Ron decided to eat a more Paleo-friendly diet, they developed a variety of Appalachian Jerky called Primal Smoke, eliminating the use of unhealthy ingredients and becoming a hit with CrossFit gyms. Working with students from Northeastern University, the Naked Cow Beef Jerky brand name was introduced in September 2015 using only natural ingredients and made in a paleo style. This Naked Cow Beef Jerky brand name is distributed by Appalachian Jerky Co. and made in Brighton, Massachusetts.
The next review on Naked Cow Beef Jerky will focus on a 2 ounce/56.7 gram bag of their Fire flavored 100% grass-fed beef jerky. This flavor is described using their base recipe, and add some Carolina Reaper chili pepper, and other chilies to make a bold, spicy taste. The bag was graciously submitted by one of the co-owners, Doug Labb.
This jerky uses 100% grass-fed beef, the way nature intended. These cattle are raised ethically, meaning they are not fed growth hormones or additional antibiotics. There is also some free range access for the cattle to roam about and graze on grass.
The sugar level is good at 2 grams per 28 grams of jerky. The salt level is a little high at 400mg of salt per 28 grams of jerky. Our preference is 350mg of salt or less per 28 grams of jerky. Kosher salt is added, where there are mixed views, but generally less processed compared to table salt.
Naked Cow Beef Jerky – Fire 100% Grass-fed Beef Jerky (Review #2)
Written by guest jerky reviewer Paul Rekker
When I open the bag I smell vinegar and soy. The pieces are small and medium in size, and they are sliced to a medium thickness. The jerky is softish and dryish, and they leave no oily residue on your fingers.
When I bite into the jerky I almost have my breath taken away. The heat is basically the first flavor to punch my taste buds right in the kisser. I also taste salt, pepper, garlic and natural beef, but they are all taking a back seat to the intense heat of the Carolina Reapers. This jerky is insanely tasty, and insanely spicy, making for a cavalcade of flavors and sweat to emanate all at the same time. D*mn, this jerky is tasty, and burning my insides out, grab me a fire extinguisher, I need to hose myself down.
Gentlemen, not for the squeamish, but if you crave flavor and heat, you’ve got it in spades with this flavor, a most incredibly delectable 10/10, many thumbs up!!!👍👍👍👍
Written by guest jerky reviewer Stéphane Leclerc
Naked Cow Beef Jerky – 100% grass fed fire beef jerky is all about the burn. I’ve tried this jerky multiple times and I did not develop a taste for it. The beef is minimal at best, I may have tasted a little smokiness and it was overwhelmed with spiciness.
There is no richness or depth of flavor. The spiciness is significant and simply burnt the inside of my mouth and tongue. I also do picked up what appears to be an unpleasant chemical like taste in the background. The texture was fine and I’d rate this jerky 6/10 Taste Rating.
Here is what Mark had to say about this Carolina Reaper beef jerky flavor from Naked Cow Beef Jerky: “Thanks Paul and Stéphane for the honest taste reviews. Carolina reaper is a tricky pepper to use with its intense heat. Naked Cow Beef Jerky does a wonderful job with the heat being consistent strip to strip and not going overboard with the heat. The heat rates at about a 3 out of 4 on the heat scale. Otherwise, the flavor profile is fairly simple with no other single flavor sticking out. My complaint with this jerky is the beef tastes sort of processed tasting, which is disappointing for 100% grass-fed beef. With Paul at a 10, Stéphane at a 6, and myself at a 8 rating, a Good (8/10) taste rating will be awrded.”
This paper bag colored resealable plastic bag has a label affixed to the front and nothing on the back other than a best before date sticker. Their logo is a cow with the brand name “Naked Cow”, and below is their slogan: “Just Beef Jerky – No Udder Stuff”.
Some facts printed on this bag are “No Added MSG”, “Gluten Free”, “No Added Nitrites or Nitrates”, “Refrigerate After Opening”, “Minimally Processed”, and “Made From Grass-Raised Cows”.
The only missing bag category is a blurb printed about the jerky or flavor.