12 Jul 2013
Review By Heather
Let me start by stating … I absolutely, positively LOVE Jerky!! While I tend to be old school and lean towards beef jerky, I am always open to being introduced to new trends and flavor sensations. It was that openness, the daredevil in me if you will, that pushed me to reach out to Perky Jerky and see if they would be interested in partnering with Griffin’s Honey for a product review. When they responded back with a resounding YES I was completely stoked!
As I mentioned, I love jerky. What I failed to mention is that I am somewhat of a closet connoisseur. Since I never, ever embellish I am certain that you take my SME (subject matter expert) status at face value so let’s not dilly dally and just move on from there.
Anyways, it is because of our devotion to jerky that my husband and I set out one year and purchased a nice dehydrator. This bad boy has like 8 shelves, all of these racks; I dunno… it’s all crazy to me. We also picked up a jerky cookbook because as novices we
wanted needed a starting point for our jerky making endeavor. After going through dud recipe after dud recipe my husband stepped outside of the box, mixed up his own concoction, and I immediately fell in love. As a side note and what is totally amusing is that my husband hates the jerky that he makes. He is constantly in the store scoring his next jerky fix and I’m sitting at home begging him to make me a new batch using his secret sauce. Once you find a recipe that you enjoy making jerky is actually quite easy. The problem is the length of time that it takes to make one batch. For most it is a two day process. Prepare the marinade, soak the meat overnight, dehydrate the meat, etc… It is easier and less time consuming to purchase the premade product which in my head means it is actually cheaper. People have always told me that time is money and in this instance, they just might be correct!
I received a sampler package from Perky Jerky that contained their Original Beef Perky Jerky and Original Turkey Perky Jerky. The first thing that I noticed was that the packing is simple. For me, that is fine and dandy. I’m worried about what is inside and how it tastes, not if there are pretty pictures on the packaging.
The front of the package states that Perky Jerky is a good source of protein and there are no preservatives or nitrites. I flipped to the back and my ears perked up considerably. I won’t go into a lot of detail as far as nutritional information is concerned BUT what caught my eye is that I can pick up between 18 and 22 grams of protein by eating two servings of jerky and that will only result in an intake of 100 to 180 calories. Sweet! The slogan on the back, “Grab a Jerk and Go!” is cute another slogan that was referenced elsewhere read “Everyone Wants My Meat!” and I absolutely love that one! On a more serious note, the bag notes that a portion of the company’s earnings will be devoted to muscular dystrophy and Down syndrome research. I’m always quick to link with a company that is willing to give something back to the community. As far as the packing is concerned, the only negative that I found is that you are not able to reseal the bag. I know a 2.2 oz. bag is fairly small but when I eat jerky I like to snack on it here and there. I normally don’t sit down and devour an entire bag in one sitting. Maybe it is just me, I don’t know… but I would love to see a way to reseal the bag in order to keep the contents fresh.
Now, on to the texture, taste, etc… One develops a relationship with jerky! As a relationship forms things became very involved (a.k.a. things get complicated). As the relationship progresses it tends to develop many layers (a.k.a. things get even more complicated). For me, what I focus on (to name a few) is what type of protein, what flavor, how thick is the cut, and how wet it is going to be… the moisture factor.
I’m not a fan of jerky that is so dry and tough that it is like gnawing on shoe leather. However, I like there to be some “bite” to my jerky so I am reminded that I am actually eating meat. I had heard a little bit about Perky Jerky and was told that they make jerky that is extremely moist but I have to be honest in saying I was taken aback when I first opened the bag for a small sample. Perky Jerky is an extremely moist/wet jerky. For me, it was almost a little too moist. I’m really big on textures when I’m eating jerky and it took me awhile to get acclimated to this product’s style.
That being said, I had a difficult time putting both the beef and turkey jerky down. I found that I kept munching, snacking, and then munching some more. If I had to assign a flavor to the original jerky it would be Teriyaki. As I bit into the jerky I noticed a sweet taste followed by soy sauce and Worcestershire. Add in flecks of ground pepper and voila, you have Perky Jerky. The flavor profile is intense! The flavor begins as sweet but as you progress through the bag (which you will) the heat of the pepper kicks in and you end up with a sweet and spicy mix that will have your taste buds dancing. Each bag of jerky is two servings but you will find it difficult not to devour the entire bag.
As for the ingredients, each bag starts with a prime cut of protein. They add in soy sauce, brown sugar, lemon juice, garlic power, pepper, Guarana, Worcestershire cause, and other spices. First, I noticed that a number of the ingredients are organic. Second, I focused on the buzz word in the group… Guarana. This is an energy boosting ingredient that contains caffeine. This gives you a little extra burst of energy so if you are sensitive to substances that contain caffeine think before gobbling this product down right before bed.
One thing that caught me a little off guard about this product is that it is distributed by Performance Enhancing Meat Snacks, Inc. The packaging states that it is …, “A good source of protein for active lifestyles.” I think that a company positioning itself as an action sports jerky product may be a bit limiting; however, I think people that truly love jerky will be able to see beyond the labeling.
If I had one “major” complaint about the product it would be that the bags are a little too small for my liking.
JERKY FLAVORS –
Beef Perky Jerky and Turkey Perky Jerky comes in the following flavors: Original, Sweet & Spicy, Teriyaki, and Hot & Bothered
To find out more about Perky Jerky check them out by clicking HERE.
WHAT IS PERKY JERKY –
THE ACTION PACKED SNACK™
It’s real, and it’s spectacular!
Perky Jerky is an all natural, ultra premium jerky that is unlike any other! It’s made with a seven ingredient marinade, which includes Guarana, a little berry from the Amazon that is commonly found in energy drinks. Our fans (aka “Jerkaholics”) are addicted to the awesome flavor, the tender texture, and its healthy perks!
Because it’s The Action Packed Snack™, Perky Jerky powers you from workout to night out. It’s great for a quick pre-game boost, busy moms on-the-go, or a mid-mountain hike snack. It’s a functional morning desk snack and the perfect munchie to survive a long road trip! Satisfying and portable, it’s perfect fuel to do, well, whatever it is that you do… (we don’t want to know!)
Don’t just take our word for it… See what the buzz is all about!
ABOUT THE COMPANY –
Our story — like most good stories — begins with two Jerks in a ski lodge. After a long, hard night of energy-drink-cocktail-fueled libation, these jerks settled in while the winter storm raged outside. The next morning they awoke, loaded up their gear, and headed out to the mountain. Amongst this gear was an open bag of peppered beef jerky, which had, unfortunately became drenched in some of the energy drink that had been carelessly spilled the night before. On the first lift up, it made no difference. To these jerks, jerky was the only breakfast they needed, altered or not. Much to their delight, the jerky had retained its original flavor, but was more tender by the accident. What’s more, as they floated their way down the mountain through bottomless powder, they realized they’d been given an extra boost – the jerky had taken on some of the pep of the energy drink. On the next lift ride up, the greatest innovation in jerky since cracked pepper was born.
Since then, these Jerks developed a very sophisticated process for making Perky Jerky. The result? Just the best tasting, most tender jerky around. The bonus? Perky Jerky is now the ultimate snack to help get you up the mountain, down the slope, or off on whatever adventure you decide.
Our cause — Perky Jerky is not just the greatest invention of all time; it’s also for two great causes.
For us, making the world’s best all natural jerky is the easy part. Truly making a difference is harder. That’s why a portion of our proceeds go to support the fight against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a disease which has a big impact on our lives. And to support the truly amazing people in our lives living with Down Syndrome, and putting a smile on our faces every day.
With your help, not only can we provide the world with the snack it didn’t know it was addicted to, we can help make life better for kids who may one day grow up to be the next great meat snack entrepreneurs.
PERKY JERKY IS AVAILABLE NATIONWIDE AT: 7 ELEVEN, TARGET, BEST BUY, GNC, THE HOME DEPOT, PUBLIX, and BODYBUILDING.COM
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Perky Jerky has teamed up with Griffin’s Honey and would like to offer ONE lucky Griffin’s Honey fan the chance to win a 1.0 oz beef OR turkey (winner’s choice) caddy valued at $30.
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