Friday, February 20, 2009

Review: Fatman's Beef Jerky - Salt & Pepper

Fatman’s Beef Jerky

Manufacturer: Red Meat Foods, LLC

Flavor: Salt and Pepper

Weight: sample package


Flavor: 3.5

Aroma: 2.5

Texture: 5

Appearance: 4

Packaging: 2 (sample package)

Ratings range from 1 to 5

The only aromas that I was able to pick up were the beef and the pepper. The aroma was light and natural, avoiding the omnipresent chemical redolence found in most jerky’s.

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 orange 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.*

This was interesting in that the review evolved as I ate the jerky. The pepper flavor is pretty prominent, minimalizing the immediate impact of the salt flavor. I realized after the fact that while eating an once of this jerky I drank over 40 oz. of water. The salt was certainly there.

For a non-descript ‘pepper’, there was a substantial lingering heat. The pepper seemed to bounce around the taste buds for quite a while. The heat wasn’t intense, but it was long lasting.

There may have been a bit too much salt here for my tastes, but it was still enjoyable.

*Repeated from our earlier reviews of Fatman’s Jerky


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