It’s no secret that I love beef jerky. I’ve waxed poetic about it many times with my friends. When I go on a road trip, it’s one of the first things I buy (along with a bag of funyuns and a fountain coke). Of course, beef jerky isn’t just road food, it’s anytime food. I’m a savorer, I will take a bite and chew and enjoy the flavor, whereas my nephew Jordan is an inhaler. By the time I’ve taken 2 bites he’s done. Needless to say, he’s not as picky about his beef jerky as I am.
The first time I found beef jerky that rocked my world was when I was shopping at Hickory Farms at the mall. Back when they had stores and not kiosks. They had a huge vat of beef jerky that was $25 a pound! One taste and I was hooked. I would go in and buy $5 worth of it and savor every bite. It was so flavorful and moist (I know a lot of girls hate that word but it’s so perfectly descriptive, I have no issues, especially when talking about my food, I want moist food!).
Unfortunately, the stores shut down. Every now and again I can find beef jerky sold by them during the holidays at their kiosks but it’s pretty rare. Don’t even know if they make it anymore.
Next one that blew me away was World Kitchen. My sister, Kimberly turned me on to it. Has everything I love in beef jerky, flavor and moistness. Every now and again I would get a batch that was dried out but overall, a fabulous jerky.
Recently I saw a post on FB that my friend Helen made on MOAB Provisions FB page saying it was the best beef jerky she had ever had. I didn’t realize she had posted it on a page, just thought she posted on her own page so I had to comment. What is this best beef jerky that she’s speaking of? I had to know more.
MOAB, Mother of all Beef are local out of St. Louis which was a disappointment. But wait! Helen knew the owner so she could have him send me some to sample and talk about on my blog. Jubilation!!! I am happy again!!!
So the other day I got free food in the mail, be still my #cheapasian heart! And it was BEEF JERKY!!! I could barely contain myself but contain myself I did. My partner in crime was going to be in town so if I waited she could participate in the taste test with me. Great in theory buuuuut, I do love beef jerky. I couldn’t resist a little taste.
They also included some wonderful seasonings (which I have yet to try because I rarely cook meat) but I have sniffed and made Sue sniff and she was ready to buy more just based on the smell alone and she doesn’t eat bacon!
I like my meat thick! Usually when it’s sliced thin, it’s dry so just by looking at it, I knew my mouth was in for some good times!In order to do a proper taste test, Su decided we should do a taste comparison. Oberto’s is probably the best known brand but they are just too different, dry and a lot less flavorful. So we grabbed Jack Link’s Teriyaki bites (thicker than jerky) and their Sweet and Hot jerky.
Su’s taste test was blind, I knew which was which just by color alone. For me, in both categories, MOAB won when it came to flavor and moistness. Of the two flavors, the teriyaki was my favorite. Normally teriyaki is too soy sauce flavored to me but the MOAB had a lot of balance in their seasoning, not too salty but lots of flavor. I liked the flavor of the Jack Link’s but not as much as the MOAB. I think the MOAB had a more robust, full mouthed flavor.
With the Kickin Heat, there was a sweetness to it that really balanced out the spiciness. I don’t like spicy so hot that I can’t taste the flavor of the meat and I thought MOAB, while definitely spicy, was still enjoyable. The same thing with Jack Link’s was before, they had a good taste, just not as full bodied and as flavorful as the MOAB.
Would it rank up there with the king of all beef jerky, Hickory Farms? I don’t know because these were flavored and that wasn’t but I have to say, I definitely want more and I want to try the other flavors! Luckily, if you don’t see it in your local grocer or gas station you can get it online. They have a monthly subscription that you can order for the jerky lover in your family or me. 🙂
Su’s Taste Test:
This was way more fun than it should have been, but I love me some jerky, Baby! As Leiha mentioned, I had a blind taste test. She prepped the samples in the kitchen and brought them out to me in the living room. I was watching Supernatural at the time and some beef jerky was was exactly what I needed to go with the beef cake on the screen. Woo-wee those boys are purty! What was I talking about again? Oh, yeah, beef jerky.
First things first, I had to eat with my eyes. The MOAB jerky was the sliced variety while the Jack’s was the chunky type. As for the bouquet, the teriyaki styles smelled quite similar. However, the MOAB spicy punched you in the face with the aroma of rich spices and HEAT. This is where the drooling began. Too bad I’d left my slobber rag at home.
And now for taste… The winner is MOAB! The teriyaki had a super bold flavor. It was also slightly sweeter than Jack’s. Don’t get me wrong, Jack’s jerky was perfectly lovely, just not as flavorful. As for the spicy style, MOAB kicked Jack’s ass. Seriously, the burn was pain and ecstasy. Definitely not for those that are afraid of a little heat, but since I’m a Texas gal, bring on the heat!
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