Wednesday, January 28, 2009

REVIEW: Fatman's Jerky Original

Fatman’s Beef Jerky

Manufacturer: Red Meat Foods, LLC
Flavor: original
Weight: sample package

Flavor: 3
Aroma: 2.5
Texture: 4
Appearance: 4
Packaging: 2 (sample package)

Ratings range from 1 to 5

This is our third review of a jerky by Fatman’s. I think that it is now clear that their jerky has a more restrained flavor than most brands and an aroma that is mild. Although the flavors come through in the aroma, the intensity is not commensurate to that found in the flavor.

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.

A white label with black lettering adorns the sample package. Extremely bare boned, it doesn’t do much to catch the eye. There is a small caricature of a chef on the top right of the label, but that is the only bit of flair on display.*

There was a slight difference in the texture of the jerky of the original flavor. The meat was crisper and crunchier. Less chewy that in our previous two reviews, this version was almost flaky and parts seemed to crumble with little instigation.

Being their base flavor, the taste is subtle and not as pronounced as other flavors. What you get here is almost entirely beef and soy sauce. The salt and flavors of the soy sauce take a backseat to that of the meat. The result is a clean, light taste that is less of a burden to the palette than other jerky’s with bold and almost artificial flavors.

*Repeated from our earlier reviews of Fatman’s Jerky


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