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RJ's Kosher Beef Jerky

Is it any good?

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    I believe it's made by Jeff Rohatiner of Jeff's Gourmet Sausage fame. If so, I'm sure it's wonderful, like his sausages.

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    1. re: ganeden

      Is it really the same folks as Jeff's Gourmet?

      1. re: Kosher Carnivore


        Now I'm hearing that it's out of Elite Cuisine, not Jeff's. So my Nov 2007 post could well have been incorrect.

    2. I bought some regular,spicy and Teriyaki a couple of weeks ago. It was all very good but I liked the teriyaki the best. It was moister. The 3 packs barely lasted a day. I need to order some more.

      1. Where can I purchase this product?

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          1. re: jeterfan

            as usual, it's double the price of other premium jerky's
            for no other reason than it happens to be kosher *sigh*.

            1. re: Joe Berger


              Well, wadya expect? The raw material cost is far more (4-5 times) the cost of nonkosher. Look... compare the cost of retail kosher meat. I saw beef ribs in Food for Less for $0.88/lb, $6.99 on sale in a kosher butcher. I saw brisket in Smart & Final for $1.59/lb, $6.99 on sale in a kosher butcher. Rib Roast $1.99/lb in a nonkosher place on sale, $10.99 on sale at a kosher butcher. And the markeup at the butcher is not as much as you'd think- I can get wholesale choice-graded brisket for $6.99/lb, only a bit less for ungraded. A kosher butcher doesn't make money on his meat, he makes it on the other items he sells. So even tough cuts that will be dried to make jerky will be quite expensive compared to nonkosher. Double the price for kosher jerky is a bargain.

          2. I ordered some of the beef jerkys on line, and they went in a flash. My kids LOVED them. Good flavor, good jerky texture, moist. The unusual salmon jerky was very tasty. The turkey jerky was the least flavorful and the driest. They also sell sausages online. Anyone try them? Are they the same as Jeff's Gourmet?

            1. sausages are not the same as jeff's.
              the spicy jerky strips are like the BEST THINGS EVER!!!!

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              1. re: saraleib

                I buy it all of the time. I like the teriyaki the best. It seems to be a little moister but I like the spicy one too. Ventura Kosher Meat carries it.

              2. Thanks, all, for your comments.
                I've often stood at the checkout counter at Elite Cuisine, wondering if the jerky was worth the try but I've never gathered the courage to actually pick one up.

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                1. re: Bezgo

                  Why would it take "courage" to buy jerky?

                  1. re: queenscook

                    Beef jerky is dried beef. Think of how much fresh, regular kosher beef costs per pound. Then remove all the water (the majority of the fresh weight) and imagine how much kosher jerky must cost per pound, even aside from other costs associated with making/processing it. It's a lot of money to spend if there's a chance the jerky isn't good.

                    1. re: GilaB

                      It's about $8 for about 2.5 ounces - nothing surprising there. There's no real decision-making inolved. If you want kosher jerky then buy it, if it's not for you, then don't. Sinai in Chicago used to make it years ago and they sold it by the pound in their outlet store (maybe $15 a pound, 10+ years ago).

                      Your choices today are similarly limited, buy it made, make it yourself (not all that difficult) or don't buy it at all.

                      1. re: ferret

                        "buy it made, make it yourself (not all that difficult) or don't buy it at all."

                        Doesn't that apply to... anything?

                2. If you don't mind a little elbow grease, Alton Brown in the food TV website has a wonderful recipe for beef jerky. That way it comes out cheaper, great taste and you can modify it to match your tastebuds. I made mine about a year ago and it was a big hit! What bother buying it... a foodies site is not only about places to eat... Please do not perpetuate that old joke: "What do Jewish couples like to make for dinner?... Reservations :) "

                  1. I spotted a few packets at the checkout at Cambridge Farms, alas, they only had the Hickory Smoked jerky.

                    I enjoyed it but it was too smokey for the kids.
                    It was definitely more expensive than non-kosher high-end jerky, but that's to be expected.

                    1. Holy Cow jerky was at Fairway in Paramus so it is probably at the other Fairway markets as well. $6.99 for the bag I think.

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                      1. re: mommysmazal

                        I saw the Holy Cow jerky in Paperific in Brooklyn..

                        1. re: mommysmazal

                          Aron's in Queens has had the jerky for $4.99/packet for the past few weeks. I just tried the "Sweet & Spicy" beef the other day, and liked it very much. I have a few packets of the other beef flavors and one packet of the turkey, but haven't tried them yet.

                          1. re: coppertop

                            I'm not a fan of dried meat, but OCKosher makes South African biltong (beef jerky) and will ship it to you. My omnivorous friends love it.

                        2. Jerky is a matter of personal taste. Some use sugar and are very sweet. I dislike that but, as I said, that is a matter of personal taste. Some are peppery, all the way to call-the-fire-department peppery. Cumin and other spices can be involved.

                          This means that if you don't find one you like, you may want to make your own. I haven't found a commercial one that I like, so I make my own.

                          I own a food dehydrator for the purpose. You can get one for about $50. A good butcher will slice the beef thin and lean. You can then spice it however you like it. If you buy the beef sliced, it takes only a few minutes to toss it with the spices that you like.

                          Most people like ti chewy. But if you make it quite dry you can confidently stick it in a suitcase and take a long trip to places where there is no Jewish food available. It is extremely lightweight. If you travel for business tuck some into your carry-on. Then, when there is fog in New Dehli, flight delays in Johannesburg, the French go on strike just when you land to change planes at Charles De Gaulle and the airline forgets your special meal, you will not starve.

                          1. I don't know about RJ; however OC Kosher in Tustin, Orange County has South African Beef Jerky call Biltong. It is very tasty. They also have two dried sausages: Boerwors and Cabanassi. In addition they have a full line of sausages they make in the store including Breakfast, Boerwors (not Dried), Chorizo, Lamb, Merguez (Moroccan), Polish, Bratwurst, Italian (Sweet and Hot), vienna sausages and Franks. I am sure I am missing some there. And if you don't see it, ask them, they can make it.

                            OC Kosher's sausage differs from Jeff's: Jeff actually cooks his sausage in the process of manufacturing where as except for the vienna sausages and franks, all of OC Kosher's sausages are stuffed but not cooked. I like this better especially when I BBQ.

                            1. Biltong, South African style jerky, is now being made in the U.S. by a couple of immigrants form South Africa.


                              Their company is called Joburg Kosher. And they offer if Mail order. The Jewish Week claims that it is koser for Pesach (and obviously could be eaten while traveling eruv Pesach, very useful) http://www.joburgkosher.com/

                              Has anyone tried it?

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                              1. re: AdinaA

                                No but I've tried it from Griller's Pride (also owned by a S. African) and it's really good (and also Kosher for Pesach):


                                1. re: AdinaA

                                  Yes I tried some on purim and have been sold ever since. I tried all the rest in the usa and have to say that joburgkosher.com biltong is hands down the best. Grillers and rjs come in a close second.

                                  1. re: eagleeyeed

                                    Can you describe the jerky from Griller's Pride and Joburg Kosher? Are they sugar-cured and sweet? How peppery? Is if cracker-hard, or leather-hard and chewy?

                                    1. re: AdinaA

                                      Its been a while since ive ordered from grillers so I'm not sure what their consistency is nowadays. On joburg k they list their ingredients. Definately not sweet like american jerky. They have the black pepper flavor which is my favorite, but for those who don't like too peppery they have a few different biltong flavors. The consistency for the travel pack biltong is more on the chewy side, but again good chewy not moisty chewy like most american beef jerkies. Their larger size which you can cut down to whatever flavor you like is thicker, but then again you can cut it to whatever consistency you like.

                                  2. re: AdinaA

                                    The Joburg Biltong is amazing. I have had the Black Pepper flavor and I have a bag of the Peri Peri flavor, just waiting for the right occasion. This stuff is nothing like the Holy Cow jerky I have had in the past; it is so much more moist. It really almost has the texture of cold roast beef, rather than the dry, leathery feel of the Holy Cow stuff. Don't get me wrong, I happen to like the dry one too, but I think Joburg is much better.

                                    They also make a line of sausages that are great.