Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Mild Teriyaki Beef Jerky

Mild teriyaki beef jerky is intended to be great tasting and is catered to those who prefer to stay away from the spicier jerkys. Typically mild jerky will be measured and sold by the pound or in a few to several ounce vacuum sealed or regular plastic bags. Depending on where you order you can find them in full pounds, half pound, quarter pound etc. If you're not sure of the jerky because it's a new flavour to you, see if you can find it in small sample sizes. For example, on Jerky Works, they currently sell snack size 1 oz. Luau Louie's Mild Teriyaki for $2.90 and they sell in bulk all the way up to 40 snack strips. Luau Louie's is their best seller, so obviously I'm not the only one obsessed with teriyaki flavored jerky! This particular brand is the thick Jerky Hut which targets a sweeter Hawaiin tropical taste and is a more tender strip. I prefer sweeter jerkys and Luau Louie's fits that bill for me. Ingredients included are brown sugar, teriyaki sauce (of course), high fructose corn syrup, and corn syrup solids. Choo Choo R Snacks has a mild teriyaki jerky called Buffalo Bill's Premium Teriyaki. Please do not confuse them with Hot or Habanaro. They're sold in 12 packs, 6 packs, and 50 packs of 1 oz. foil packets, so the pieces, while of medium thickness, are short. Choo Choo's is a well known brand and gets good reviews by major cooking magazines, cooking websites, blogs, and outdoorsmen hunting and camping magazines. Choo Choo takes pride in offering jerky for those on Atkins, South Beach, and NutriSystem diets. Buffalo Bill's Premium Teriyaki's single packet is a serving size of 28 g or 1 oz and contains 6 grams of carbs, which is in line with their other brands. A single pack contains 80 calories, 520 MG of sodium, 14 g of protein, 2 g of fat, and 4 g of sugar. This jerky has excellent reviews for taste, even while the teriyaki flavor is lighter (if you're a diehard teriyaki fan, you'll find stronger flavoring of it in other brands). It's got a smoky aroma and is not too salty. Also this jerky is not tendon or fat heavy. Oh, they also have a shredded Teriyaki Beef Chew, which is in a chewing tob.baco-like can. You can get 12 44 oz. cans for $12.99. This one placed top 4 for U.S. beef jerky in Backpacker magazine. This taste is also considered mild. Also, Buffalo Bill's has what are called Jerky Shots, which are 14 oz. tariyaki beef circles (80 per bag). You'll find a bag of these for about $16.99-$20.00 and each circle is about the size of a silver dollar. They boast only 1 carb and 15 calories per piece and are also available in original and peppered flavors.

Another mild brand is the Divine Bovine Honey Teriyaki Beef Jerky. I love honey jerky! Divine Bovine sells this in a 4oz pack, 2 4oz packs, or 4 4oz packs (1 lb). This choice "brisket of beef" has a lighter teriyaki flavor as well, and even contains what they describe as an herbal taste. Some of the ingredients include beef brisket, teriyaki sauce, brown sugar, wine, lemon juice, honey, and Worcestershire sauce. I have a problem with that last one. Worchestershire sauce=anchovies, but to each his own. Divine Bovine specializes in brisket of beef because it's a more tender cut. Their beef is hormone-free and without nitrates. Nor is there added preservatives or MSG. This mild jerky is very sweet and very easy to chew. There is not much of a smoked flavor, but what do you expect with a honey jerky? Divine also ages this jerky for 30 days and marinates it for 24 hours. I also came across this Original "Mild" Stonewall's Jerquee by Lumen Foods. Now they offer a beef teriyaki flavor but actually this is a vegetarian jerky. This is an animal free beef substitute so there are fewer nitrates, growth hormones, and antibiotics. I don't know why, but I love the old guy on the package of this one. These are sold in 1.5 oz bags (inexpensive), in single packs, 8 packs, 64 packs, 5 lb. bulk bags. Again, be careful not to grab the "Wild" instead of the "Mild", as the former is spicy. Oh, in case you're wondering the beef substitute is soy flour. Papa Dan's has a sweet/tart mild Teriyaki/Lime Beef Jerky as well as regular Teriyaki Beef Jerky. Lime Beef obviously has a lime taste and he adds mild seasoning as well. They sell a single 8 oz. pack or a double pack. These juicy strips are vacuum packed and made in the U.S.A. Papa Dan uses thick USDA choice sirloin beef steaks and marinates his jerky for up to 18 hours. I have not tried this jerky and have not read any reviews on it, so stay tuned for more information. Okay, so there are other styles of mild teriyaki jerky but I better cut this off for now. Oh, and if you do mistakenly order the hot teriyaki flavors by accident, feel free to send them my way :)


Gift Basket Jewels said...

Cool Post! J.D. have you ever tried making your own jerky? Salt, pepper, and thin slices of beef cut by the butcher, laid out in a dehydrator is yummy! I always buy a rump roast and have it sliced very thin. When it dries, it is nice and crisp.

I’ve also marinated it in sauces over night and then dry if off with paper towels and place the strips of beef on the trays of the dehydrator. Within 8 hours, it’s ready to eat. Beef??? I love it!

Shirley Bass

Joe said...

Hi Shirley. Yes, I've made my own jerky in the oven and have smoked some outside over a campfire. It was a while ago and I admit it was a half-hearted attempt. I couldn't get the texture right, it was pretty bad. I was hoping to purchase a good dehydrator and learn the whole dehydration process in and out but time won't allow it right now, I'm just swamped. Oh the link you left says the profile is not available. I've changed my commenter settings if that was the problem. I'm almost positive this is your site Gift Basket Jewels. They look great!

Gift Basket Jewels said...

Thanks Joe for the compliment! I enabled my profile. Your feedback was helpful.

You make me hungry for jerky. Hum...no time to fix it myself. I must be on my way. La-te-da & Later! Have to make a trip to town...