Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Review: Fatman's Jerky Jalapeno Lime

Fatman’s Beef Jerky

Manufacturer: Red Meat Foods, LLC

Flavor: Jalapeno Lime

Weight: sample package


Flavor: 3.5

Aroma: 2.5

Texture: 5

Appearance: 4

Packaging: 2 (sample package)

Ratings range from 1 to 5

A box arrived chock full of sample packages of Fatman’s Beef Jerky from the people at Red Meat Foods. The first flavor that I decided to try was the Jalapeno Lime. I was in the mood for something with a bit of a kick, and I thought that this would satisfy the craving.

Upon opening the package I held it up to the old proboscis and inhaled deeply. I was slightly taken aback by the lack of aroma. I pulled out a piece and gave it a whiff. Same deal. The aroma was faint and not reminiscent of the flavor. It should be noted that the aroma wasn’t poor, it just wasn’t noticeable.

The slices of meat were thin and remarkably lacking in fat and sinew. The texture was excellent. It was a little crisp, had some ‘chew’ to it and avoided that type of resistance that sometimes makes you think that you are eating a dog’s chew toy. The sizes varied of course, but the average was about 2.25” wide by 1.5” long. Deep reddish brown in color, the jerky was visually attractive.

I set myself up for disappointment by anticipating heat from the jerky. The labeling makes no claims as to spice or heat. The flavor was fairly mellow, with significant overtones of both the jalapeno and lime. The balance and overall flavor was excellent. I was pleasantly surprised to note that the meat had the flavor of raw jalapenos. Difficult to capture without the heat, the flavor was complemented perfectly by the lime. The flavor of the meat comes through well and is made more noticeable by the lack of flavor from the curing agent or smoke.

If I was told that the jalapeno flavor was there without any significant burn, I would have assumed that it would have the earthy flavor of chipotle. This was completely different, unique and enjoyable. For those looking for a mild jerky with flavoring of jalapeno, lime and beef; this is the product for you.


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