Buffalo Jerky (MSRP $10/2oz – Sample Provided): made from 100% grass-fed, free-range, antibiotic- and hormone-free American bison; tasted while hiking at Matthiessen State Park; several of us felt there was a fishy odor to this meat, but all enjoyed the coarse texture. Happy to recommend for its mostly organic ingredients as well as its support of bison farming and small farmers.
BBQ Beef with Kale, Tomato, Red Bell Pepper; Chili Beef with Kale, Apricot, Cayenne Pepper; Parmesan Beef with Kale, Tomato, Basil; Rosemary Lamb with Spinach and Turmeric; or Masala Turkey with Spinach, Dates, Cardamom(MSRP $3.49/1oz or $16.95/multipack of all 5 flavors – samples provided): so great to have veggies and other goodies included. A family business with products you’d be happy to give to your kids: products are grain-free, gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, MSG-free, and milk-free (except the cheese recipe); meats are 100% grass-fed and free-range with no added hormones, antibiotics, or nitrites (except those naturally occurring). every ingredient is something you recognize and are happy to ingest. These all have unique and interesting flavors and I enjoyed all of them. One caveat – while all the bars are tasty, the spicy bars are SPICY! Great for me, but be careful if you’re not big on that in your snacks.
Uncle Buck’s Original Premium Beef Jerky (MSRP $6.99/3.25oz): Very salty. Super plasticky feeling when first placed in the mouth. Decent chewy texture with a lot of smoke flavor. Besides beef, 10 additional ingredients included though only one that I had to look up (sodium erythorbate, for faster curing and color retention).
Uncle Buck’s Buffalo Jerky (MSRP $6.99/3.25oz): Slightly plasticky feeling, though texture seems more natural while chewing. Very salty with a pleasing generic meat flavor, plenty of smoke. Besides buffalo, this package contains 11 additional ingredients, including, oddly enough, “ground and formed beef;” doesn’t make me very confident knowing they had to manipulate this product in such a way.
Peppered Beef Jerky (MSRP $16.99/8oz): Purchased at a gas station along with some sweet coffee (a road trip indulgence), this is classic jerky available pretty much anywhere. Nice peppery flavor and great texture. If this was grass fed or organic beef it would be my favorite of the jerkies. Unfortunately, it has additional ingredients like hydrolyzed corn protein, but otherwise not too bad.