The Beef Jerky Outlet debuted its first store in 2010, and this East Rutherford, New Jersey BJO opened their doors in May 2017. over 100 Beef Jerky Outlet stores are located across the USA, where free jerky samples are generally available. This Beef Jerky Outlet jerky brand is distributed under the name of Beef Jerky Outlet Franchise Inc., located in Kodak, Tennessee, near the Smoky Mountains. This Beef Jerky Outlet jerky brand is manufactured by the private label company Boyd Specialties, located in Colton, California.
The next review on Beef Jerky Outlet will focus on a 3 ounce/85 gram bag of their Carne Asada flavored beef jerky. This bag was purchased in the East Rutherford Beef Jerky Outlet store in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Ingredients: Beef, Brown Sugar, Orange Juice, Lime Juice (Lime Juice From Concentrate [Water, Concentrate Lime Juice], And Less Than 2% of Lime Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Meta Bisulfite), Garlic (Citric Acid, Garlic), Jalapenos, Gluten Free Soy Sauce (Water, Sugar, Soybeans, Salt), Tomato Sauce (Fresh Vine Ripened Tomatoes, Sea Salt, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Natural Flavors, Spices, Citric Acid), Granulated Onion, Cilantro, Cumin, Ground Pepper, Cayenne, Water, Paprika. Allergen Warnings: Soy
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.
We have an exciting liquid marinade here comprised of healthy orange juice, healthy lime juice, a respected brand of gluten free tamari soy sauce, water, and tomato sauce. Citrus juices are high in vitamin C.
Multiple healthy ingredients are used, such as garlic, fresh Jalapenos, granulated onions, cilantro, cumin, paprika, and black pepper. Cilantro is strongly scented leaves from the herb coriander, and it offers multiple health benefits.
The sugar level is on the high side at 5 grams of sugar per 28 grams of jerky to lose a rating. Our preference is 3 grams of sugar or under per 28 grams of jerky. The salt level is respectable at 240mg of salt per 28 grams of jerky.
As advertised, there are no unhealthy preservatives used, and this jerky is confirmed as having no sodium nitrite. Instead, minimally processed sea salt is the main preservative used. Admirably, this jerky has no MSG added.
Decent (7/10) – Ingredient Rating
BEEF JERKY OUTLET – CARNE ASADA BEEF JERKY
Written by guest jerky reviewer Paul Rekker
When I open the bag I smell vinegar, and likely cilantro, which I have no idea how that smells, but Mark said there is a bunch of cilantro in this jerky, so that mystery smell must be cilantro. The jerky is soft and chewy, not really how I prefer it, but nonetheless, it is what it is. The pieces are rather large in size, and it leaves no oily residue on your fingers.
The first flavor I encounter is sweet, a bit too sweet for my palette. I also detect salt and garlic to a lesser degree, along with the mystery flavor, which I believe to be the cilantro. There is no kick to this flavor, I hope the carne asada is not supposed to be spicy.
Overall, a decent flavor, but it is by no means blowing me away. It is okay, but not great. An 8 /10 is the highest I can go, sorry gentlemen.
Written by guest jerky reviewer Stéphane Leclerc
The BJO Carne Asada tastes OK but the flavor profile does not really shine or flows to its full potential. There is sweetness, some acidity, a slight kick resembling ginger. The dried cilantro is much less offensive to me than the fresh herb version. The texture is pleasant but doesn’t really carry the richness that I’d expect from such a flavor.
This jerky is tasty, it has potential and I wish the flavor would have been better developed, I’d rate this a 7/10 Taste Rating.
Here is what Mark had to say about this Carne Asada beef jerky flavor from Beef Jerky Outlet: “Thanks Paul and Stéphane for the honest taste reviews. Normally, carne asada is one of my favorite flavors but something is off here. It is generally accepted that this complex flavor originated in Mexico. True in that the sweetness is sweeter than would be expected or desired. While not advertised as such, I am fairly certain that brisket was used as the cut of beef, which is known to absorb marinade well.”
“While the flavor tastes good there is not a well defined taste profile here. In part it looks as if the spices (mainly fresh cilantro) and possibly the marinade is not evenly distributed. With Stéphane at a 7 rating and Paul and I at an 8 rating, the majority will rule and a Good (8/10) taste rating will be awarded.”
This 3 ounce/85 gram bag sells in the Beef Jerky Outlet store for $12.66. That works out to $4.22 an ounce, which rates as an expensive price.
Very Good (9/10) – Taste Rating
This resealable, black plastic bag has a label affixed to the front and nothing on the back. The Beef Jerky Outlet logo has bull horns above its name.
A slogan printed on this bag is “See It. Taste It. Share It”. Some facts printed on this bag are “Classic”, “Made in USA”, “SnackPak”, “Made With Fresh Cilantro”, and “Heat Rating – 4”.
The only missing bag category is a blurb about the flavor or jerky brand. A QR code is provided to download their app. You can get free jerky by joining their Rewards Club.
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