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This Meijer jerky brand is distributed under the name of Meijer Distribution, Inc., and it is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This jerky is manufactured by an unknown private labeler (I have a guess), and this jerky flavor is most likely a stock recipe.
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.
There is no liquid marinade used. Some people would call this old fashioned jerky or a jerky rub.
The sugar level is high at 7 grams of sugar per 28 grams of jerky to lose a rating. Our preference is 4 grams of sugar or less for a hot based flavor. The salt level is high at 520mg of salt per 28 grams of jerky to lose another rating. Our preference is 350mg of salt or less per 28 grams of jerky.
MEIJER – HOT BEFF JERKY
I can smell processed beef’s fragrance and not much else when I open the bag. These strips are mostly sliced to a medium size and sliced to a medium thickness. The texture is somewhat dry and relatively easy to chew. No oily residue is left on your fingers handling these jerky strips.
The first flavors I am met with are moderate saltiness and sweetness, faint garlic, onion, black pepper, and processed beef taste. As processed tasting beef goes, there is worse out there. There is no grain to tear these strips, and the sweetness drowns out the natural beef flavor. In the background is a faint taste of smoke.
As for the heat, it barely registers on the heat scale. At best, the heat is at a one out of five. Certainly not enough to justify a hot flavor name, where this jerky flavor would more accurately be named spicy, and even that is pushing it. There is not much else going on with this flavor, which tastes pedestrian.
This resealable plastic bag has everything imprinted on the bag, both on the front and back.
There are no slogans displayed. Some facts displayed are “Natural Smoke Favoring”, “No Added Artificial Preservatives”, “No Artificial Flavors”, “Minimally Processed”, “11g Protein Per Serving”, and “Gluten Free”.