The Great Canadian Meat Company shortened its brand name to Great Canadian Meat, and they were founded in 1992 as a two-man operation. With its deli line and jerky, Great Canadian Meat has grown to become one of Canada’s most extensive lines of meat snacks. It is a fairly common sight to see Great Canadian Meat beef jerky for sale in Ontario convenience stores.
Great Canadian Meat has continually strived to create one of Canada’s premier snack food experiences. Tthey pride themselves on being a Canadian company using the finest Canadian ingredients whenever possible. They source their pork from Quebec and their beef from Western Canada – ensuring the purest of meats from within our borders. They pride themselves on processing through a federally inspected, HACCP-approved, state-of-the-art facility. They’re solidifying their role as a truly Canadian company producing high-quality, tasty meat snacks for their valued customers. This jerky is distributed by The Great Canadian Meat Company and is located in Whitby, Ontario, Canada.
The next jerky review will focus on a 2.3 ounce/65 gram bag of Hot & Spicy beef jerky as part of their Road Trip jerky line from Great Canadian Meat. This jerky was kindly submitted for review by Director of Marketing Nicholas Gerald.
Ingredients: Beef, Water, Salt, Spices, Brown Sugar, Apple Juice, Chili Peppers, Apple Cider Vinegar, Molasses, Garlic, Yeast Extract, Cultured Celery Powder, Smoke.
The beef sourced from Alberta 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 liquid marinade is comprised of water, healthy apple juice, and super healthy apple cider vinegar.
There are some healthy ingredients added, such as spices and garlic.
The sugar level is high at 7 grams of sugar per 20 grams of jerky to lose a rating. Our preference is 4 grams of sugar or under per 28 grams of jerky for a Hot & Spicy based flavour as we have here. The salt level is sort of high at 340mg 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 as sodium nitrite is used outright. Admirably, this jerky qualifies to have no MSG added.
Alright (6/10) – Ingredient Rating
GREAT CANADIAN MEAT – HOT & SPICY BEEF JERKY
Written by guest jerky reviewer Paul Rekker
When I open the bag I smell both vinegar and spice. The pieces are smallish, smallish to maybe medium-sized, and the jerky is rigid, just as our forefathers intended.
When I bite into the jerky I am immediately hit with the spice. It has a seriously solid kick. I also detect salt, next to no sweet, pepper, garlic, vinegar, and natural beef.
As I consume more of the jerky the heat intensifies, this jerky possesses a legitimate heat factor, which delivers in spades on the spice.
I can find no reason to complain at all about this flavour, it is as advertised. My only question is what is meant by “Road Trip”?
In conclusion, I can easily justify a 10/10. Gentlemen?
Here is what Mark had to say about this Hot & Spicy beef jerky flavour from Great Canadian Meat: “Thanks Paul for the honest taste review. I agree that the heat is at a solid level. The thin, dry texture is great. I love what flavour the apple juice and apple cider vinegar bring to the table. I would not say there is next to no sweet present, which I would term is at a mild level at least.”
“My one and only but big complaint is that the beef tastes processed. Otherwise, this is a solid flavour about which I have zero complaints. With myself at an 8 rating and Paul at a 10, a Very Good (9/10) taste rating will be awarded.”
This 2.3 ounce/65 gram bag of jerky sells online for cost $6.29. That works out to $2.73 an ounce, which rates as a cheap price.
Very Good (9/10) – Taste Rating
This clear resealable plastic bag has a label affixed both on the front and back. Being part of the Road Trip jerky line where a van is displayed on the front. The Great Canadian Meat logo has a maple leaf.
There are no slogans or facts printed on this bag.
The only missing bag category is a blurb printed about this flavour or Great Canadian Meat. Under Canadian law, there are French translations provided.
Decent (7/10) – Bag Rating
Order their jerky online: www.greatcanadianmeat.com
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