Ria's Roadkill - Korean BBQ

Ria's Korean delivers one of the most unique flavor profiles of any jerky I have tried.

Redneck Seasonings Danse Macabre

Do you think you are man enough to take the heat from this jerky? I wasn't. This is the hottest jerky I have ever tried.

Ed's Custom Beef Jerky - Louisiana Teriyaki

Ed'd offers some of the best jerky I tried and this Teriyaki is my favorite sweet variety.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Ria's Roadkill Jerky - Cracked Pepper

The next Ria's Roadkill flavor I tried was Cracked Pepper. Like other Ria's flavors, Cracked Pepper is subtle, but pepper is the predominate flavor. However, in my bag there was a lot of black cracked pepper lying in the bottom of the bag. That's a lot of wasted flavor! Nevertheless, Ria's Cracked Pepper is one of my top jerkys.

The Long Beach, CA company was started in 2011 and is company is operated by Eden Van, Mr Van uses USDA Choice top round in his recipes. Ria's is available through Facebook and eBay. The jerky is hand-trimmed and machine sliced for consistency. The meat is then marinated for 48 hours. They use Hickory, Apple, and Cherry wood to smoke depending on the flavor. Beef jerky is smoked everyday, so that you will get it fresh and fast as possible.

Ria's Teriyaki  comes in bite-sized pieces so there is no need to "tear off a chunk". The pieces are moist, tender and slightly sticky.

Riding and Eating Tips
Another benefit of Ria's Roadkill Jerky to those of us who ride on two wheels, the packaging is perfect for riding. The resealable bag will easily fit in my Goldwing glove box, or in a tank bag. You could even keep it in your jacket pocket. The bite-size pieces are also easier to manage when riding.

Ingredients: Beef, Water, Cane Sugar, Soy Sauce, Garlic, Ginger, Onion, Black Pepper, Lemon Juice, MSG, Peppercorn

4oz  resealable bag
$5.00 Plus shipping

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Available on www.Etsy.com and eBay (search for Ria's Roadkill)

Ria's Roadkill Jerky - Teriyaki

This jerky is much lighter on teriyaki flavor than some others. I am beginning to see a pattern develop with every one of Ria's flavors. The flavors are much more subtle and the standout of Ria's jerky is the moistness and tenderness of the bite-sized pieces.

The Long Beach, CA company was started in 2011 and is company is operated by Eden Van, Mr Van uses USDA Choice top round in his recipes. Ria's is available through Facebook and eBay. The jerky is hand-trimmed and machine sliced for consistency. The meat is then marinated for 48 hours. They use Hickory, Apple, and Cherry wood to smoke depending on the flavor. Beef jerky is smoked everyday, so that you will get it fresh and fast as possible.

Ria's Teriyaki  comes in bite-sized pieces so there is no need to "tear off a chunk". The pieces are moist, tender and slightly sticky.

Riding and Eating Tips
Another benefit of Ria's Roadkill Jerky to those of us who ride on two wheels, the packaging is perfect for riding. The resealable bag will easily fit in my Goldwing glove box, or in a tank bag. You could even keep it in your jacket pocket. The bite-size pieces are also easier to manage when riding.

Ingredients: Beef, Mirin, Soy Sauce, Water, Brown Sugar, Garlic, Ginger, Sesame Seed

4oz  resealable bag

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Ed's Custom Beef Jerky - Honey Garlic

Ed's Honey Garlic is a perfect blend of sweet and savory without the heat. This is a great all-round jerky that is very satisfying, yet has a unique flavor. The garlic flavor is mild and not overwhelming while the honey offers a gentle sweetness that is a winner.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Ria's Roadkill Jerky - Korean BBQ

Ria's Korean BBQ is one of the most complex jerky flavors I have tried. There's a lot going on here. I was expecting it to be hot, like a jerky version of Bulgogi, but this is more of a fruity, sweet flavor. The Korean BBQ is an acquired taste that you acquire very quickly. The more you eat, the more you want. very different and very good.

The Long Beach, CA company was started in 2011 and is company is operated by Eden Van, Mr Van uses USDA Choice top round in his recipes. Ria's is available through Facebook and eBay. The jerky is hand-trimmed and machine sliced for consistency. The meat is then marinated for 48 hours. They use Hickory, Apple, and Cherry wood to smoke depending on the flavor. Beef jerky is smoked everyday, so that you will get it fresh and fast as possible.

Ria's Korean BBQ  comes in bite-sized pieces so there is no need to "tear off a chunk". The pieces are moist, tender and slightly sticky .

Riding and Eating Tips
Another benefit of Ria's Roadkill Jerky to those of us who ride on two wheels, the packaging is perfect for riding. The resealable bag will easily fit in my Goldwing glove box, or in a tank bag. You could even keep it in your jacket pocket. The bite-size pieces are also easier to manage when riding.

Ingredients: Beef, Soy Sauce, Sugar, Pear, Onion, Water, Garlic, Apple Rice wine, Salt, MSG, Black Pepper, Ginger, Lemon Juice, Black Sesame Seed

4oz  resealable bag


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Ria's Roadkill Jerky - Spicy

Ria's Spicy is a nice blend of sweet and heat without being overpowering. The flavor of soy is prominent in all Ria's flavors, as is the sweetness of the sugar. That sweetness helps soften the heat from the Chili and Crushed Pepper..

The Long Beach, CA company was started in 2011 and is company is operated by Eden Van, Mr Van uses USDA Choice top round in his recipes. Ria's is available through Facebook and eBay. The jerky is hand-trimmed and machine sliced for consistency. The meat is then marinated for 48 hours. They use Hickory, Apple, and Cherry wood to smoke depending on the flavor. Beef jerky is smoked everyday, so that you will get it fresh and fast as possible.

Ria's Spicy comes in bite-sized pieces so there is no need to "tear off a chunk". The pieces are moist, but not as tender as some other Ria's flavors I tried. If you like Ria's, but want a little more kick, then Spicy is a good place to start. Still, this is one of my favorites.

Riding and Eating Tips
Another benefit of Ria's Roadkill Jerky to those of us who ride on two wheels, the packaging is perfect for riding. The resealable bag will easily fit in my Goldwing glove box, or in a tank bag. You could even keep it in your jacket pocket. The bite-size pieces are also easier to manage when riding.

Ingredients: Beef,Water, Soy Sauce, Cane Sugar, Chili, Garlic, Vinegar, Onion, Black Pepper, Lemon Juice, MSG, Crushed Pepper

4oz  resealable bag

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Ria's Roadkill Jerky - Chipotle

My second Ria's flavor to try was the Chipotle. Unfortunately, there is very little Chipotle flavor. Only a mild hint. It is, after all, listed as the last ingredient on the list of ingredients. The Chipotle does feel a bit "stickier" than the original, but the flavor is very similar, perhaps a tiny bit spicier. It has a nice sweet and smoky flavor.

The Long Beach, CA company was started in 2011 and is company is operated by Eden Van, Mr Van uses USDA Choice top round in his recipes. Ria's is available through Facebook and eBay. The jerky is hand-trimmed and machine sliced for consistency. The meat is then marinated for 48 hours. They use Hickory, Apple, and Cherry wood to smoke depending on the flavor. Beef jerky is smoked everyday, so that you will get it fresh and fast as possible.
Chipotle comes in bite-sized pieces so there is no need to "tear off a chunk". The pieces are moist, tender and slightly sticky. This is a great all-around jerky with only a little heat.

Riding and Eating Tips
Another benefit of Ria's Roadkill Jerky to those of us who ride on two wheels, the packaging is perfect for riding. The resealable bag will easily fit in my Goldwing glove box, or in a tank bag. You could even keep it in your jacket pocket. The bite-size pieces are also easier to manage when riding.

Ingredients: Beef,Water, Cane Sugar, Soy Sauce, Garlic, Onion, Black Pepper, Lemon Juice, MSG, Chipotle

4oz  resealable bag

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Ria's Roadkill Jerky - Original

Good things come to those who wait. Ria's was the last brand of jerky to arrive for my review (at least for Round 1) and it was well worth the wait. The original flavor is mild, slightly sweet and a bit smoky. This is upscale jerky that you would serve to guests at a wedding on a silver platter.

The Long Beach, CA company was started in 2011 and is company is operated by Eden Van, Mr Van uses USDA Choice top round in his recipes. Ria's is available through Facebook and eBay. The jerky is hand-trimmed and machine sliced for consistency. The meat is then marinated for 48 hours. They use Hickory, Apple, and Cherry wood to smoke depending on the flavor. Beef jerky is smoked everyday, so that you will get it fresh and fast as possible.

Original comes in bite-sized pieces so there is no need to "tear off a chunk". The pieces are moist, tender and almost too good to be called jerky. Once I started eating it, I damn near at the entire bag in one sitting! Yeah, it's that good.

Riding and Eating Tips
Another benefit of Ria's Roadkill Jerky to those of us who ride on two wheels, the packaging is perfect for riding. The resealable bag will easily fit in my Goldwing glove box, or in a tank bag. You could even keep it in your jacket pocket. The bite-size pieces are also easier to manage when riding.

Ingredients: Beef,Water, Cane Sugar, Soy Sauce, Garlic, Onion, Black Pepper, Lemon Juice, MSG

4oz  resealable bag


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Redneck Seasonings - Danse Macabre

Danse Macabre comes with a "VERY HOT" warning on the label. It would be wise to take note. This is one of the hottest jerky I tried. And, the heat does not come on all at once. It starts slow, then builds. And then, it build some more. Let me correct myself. This is THE hottest jerky I tested. In fact, it is beyond my tolerance level, and I love heat.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Shurky Jurky - Artisan Jerky

Shurky Jurky referes to its jerky as "Classic Home Style Rip Tear Jerky". The package I received had a combination of beef and pork slices, both were very flavorful, with the beef being my favorite. Of course, there were not labeled so I am assuming the lighter color pieces were the pork slices.

Shurky Jurky is from scratch using real fruit and without any refined sugars, additives, or preservatives. The Oregon-based company even claims that their jerky pairs well with craft beers, wine and spirits!

Skurky Jurkey slices are paper thin, dry, but not tough. They tear very easily into smaller, bite-size pieces. My first impression was a little disappointed. But the more you try Shurky Jurky, the more it grows on you. It has a really fresh, chemical-free and natural beef or pork flavor. I would really like to try some of their other, more exotic flavors like Peppered, Spicy and Guajillo Chile.

Riding and Eating Tips
Shurky Jurky comes in a small plastic bag, but it is not resealable. However, since the jerky slices are dry, it is doubtful that you will lose additional moisture, but the pieces may find their way to other areas of your tank bag or jacket pocket. Best to put them in a Ziplock bag.

Ingredients: Beef, Bragg Liquid Aminos, Pineapple, Black Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, Onion, Garlic, Tamarind, Smoked Paprika, Vinegar and Anchovy Paste.


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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Bad Buds Beef Jerky - Hotternhail

If you are not quite up to the task of eating the Ghost Pepper, then the regular Hotternhail might be the logical choice. Hotternhail will deliver a nice hot kick without causing permanent damage to your tongue and lips.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Redneck Seasonings - Filet of Ghost

Fortunately, the Filet of Ghost jerky places brown and white sugar ahead of the ghost peppers in the ingredient list. The first taste is a sweet, salty flavor with surprisingly modest heat considering the source. In fact, the jerky is a bit too salty for my tastes.

Ed's Custom Beef Jerky - Green Habanero

Ed's Green Habanero has a definite kick. A slight vinegar flavor enhances the heat of the Habanero pepper heat. The heat comes on fast, but does not linger for an uncomfortable length of time. You can actually see the green habanero powder on the jerky pieces.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Bad Buds Beef Jerky - Hotternhail Ghost

These long, narrow strips of jerky are some of the hottest I tested. Bad Buds Jerky is run by Buddy Stone of Hogansville, GA.  Bud has been in the jerky business since 2005. If you enjoy the pain that can only be delivered by the ominous Ghost pepper, you need to give this jerky a try.

Jonty Jacobs Biltong - Orignal

Biltong is a cured meat that originated in South Africa. Jonty Jacobs specializes in this savory specialty. The Biltong slices were very thin, almost paper thin and a little fattier that what I have come to expect from jerky. In fact, you can actually see visible fat in some of the pieces. There is no sweet or heat to interrupt the meaty, beefy flavor.

Ed's Custom Beef Jerky - Jalapeno

Ed's Jalapeno flavor won 2nd place in the 2013 Pepper and More contest. No surprise, this is great jerky with a jalapeno kick that is not too hot, but let's you know you are in a fight. There is a salty, vinegary, peppery flavor that is very unique, and delicious.

Ed's Custom Beef Jerky - Original

If you like a mild jerky with a smoky beefy flavor then Ed's Original may be the jerky for you. I consider this jerky to be mild, but there is some black pepper flavor throughout. The Original is a little salty, but not too salty. This would be a great "go-to" jerky for any road trip.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Ed's Custom Beef Jerky - Teriyaki Louisiana

When your tastes lean toward something on the sweet side, Teriyaki Louisiana has a delicious, sweet taste without being overly sweet. There is a smokiness to this jerky that I cannot quite place, but I like it. It has a lot of flavor and even a little heat. Basically, it is a perfect balance of sweet and heat.

Jimmy's Sticky Jerky - RFH (Real Freakin Hot)

Someone call the fire department! Jimmy warned you, this jerky is real freakin' hot. If you are ready to clear out your sinuses and feel the burn, then RFH is for you. RFH delivers just enough sweetness on the front end to get the beef on your tongue, then it is a barrage of pain from a medley of peppers that will get your attention.

Jimmy's Sticky Jerky - Fire

Fire has the stickyness promised in the name plus the heat worthy of the name "Fire".  The heat comes at you from a combination of Habanero, Jalapeno, Ghost Peppers and Crushed Red Pepper. The brown sugar give Fire enough sweetness to make you think you are in for a sweet treat, but don't think this is a sugary treat. Jimmy's Fire will leave a lasting impression on your tongue for minutes after the last bite is swallowed.

The texture of the Fire is moist and slightly sticky. The jerky is easy to chew and does not put a strain on your jaw. Overall, one of the best textures of any jerky I have tried. As with other Jimmy's jerkys, I picked up a faint taste of cilantro, even though it is not listed as an ingredient.

Jimmy's Sticky Jerky Fire is one of my favorites!

Riding and Eating Tips
Jimmy's Sticky Jerky comes in a vacuum-sealed bag, but it is not resealable. So, unless you want sticky chunks of jerky lining your tank bag or jacket pocket, bring a Ziplok bag.

Ingredients: Beef, Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce, Brown Sugar, Ginger, Garlic, Vinegar, Worcestshire, Crushed Red Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, Habanero, Jalapeno, Ghost Peppers, Seasonings, Smoke Flavor

2.5 oz vacuum bag
$6.99
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Jimmy's Sticky Jerky - Sweet

Jimmy's Sticky Jerky Sweet begins to earn the "sticky" label. Even though not as sticky as some, you may be licking your fingers after popping a few of these moist pieces into your mouth.

Jimmy's Sticky Jerky - Cilantro Lime

To be fair, I am no fan of cilantro. I have always found it to have a "soapy" taste. The first flavor is a sweetish lime followed by that familiar cilantro taste. The heat from the cayenne pepper comes on late and lingers on the back of the throat.

Bad Buds Bull Jerky - Mild

These long, narrow strips of jerky are toothsome to say the least. However, the narrowness of the strips makes them easier to chew. The dominate flavor is beef and soy sauce. The strips are moderately salty

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Redneck Seasonings - Limapeño

The first flavor that I notice is the lime, followed by saltiness and sweetness. There is a little pepper flavor in the background, but by no means is this jerky what you would call "hot". It has a little kick, but not over done. What I don't get is a lot of Jalapeno flavor, perhaps that is why the Jalapeno powder is listed last on the list of ingredients.

The texture of the jerky is dry and even a bit crunchy with a slightly sticky surface. Plan on doing some finger-licking after putting a bite in your mouth. It takes a bit of effort to bite off a chunk and chewing can be laborious.

I did get a couple of bites of sinew that were impossible to complete and had to be ejected (spit out).

Overall, I enjoy the flavor, albeit a bit too salty for my tastes. If you like a citrus flavor and can handle the salt, this is a good choice.

Riding and Eating Tips
The vacuum sealed plastic bag will keep the jerky fresh until opened, and the bags are resealable Ziplok-type bags making them perfect for taking with you on your next ride. The bags are small enough to fit in your tank bag, or even in your jacket pocket.

Ingredients: Beef, Turbinado Sugar, White Sugar, Chile Verde, Infused Sea Salt, Lime Juice Powder, Jalapeno Powder

Heat Level: 2

4oz resealable bag
$7.25


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