Best Beef Jerky
I'm looking to try out some new beef jerky that I never tried out before, can anyone give any suggestions?
Two places that have my favorite beef jerky are: Bourgeois Beef Jerky (which I can only get from from friend in Louisiana) and Oregon Trails http://www.oregontrailjerky.com (the pioneer candy and bbq are my favs,
)Both places have great flavor and consistency but Bourgeois has the best smoky flavor
that I have never found in any other jerky.
Two other decent places are
www.jerkyjerks.com (several good flavors Golden Nugget and the Teryiaki) and
Umpqua Native American Jerky from the Beef Jerky Emporium
I was VERY disappointed with Gary West beef jerky. It does not live up to the hype.
I have also found a few places that have pretty good beef jerky with lower sodium than most:
Jerky Direct and Joe's Beef Jerky
In my search for the best possible tasting jerky, I started making my own. I bought a Nesco food dryer. I buy london broil on sale (usually about 1.69 a lb), i slice it thin against the grain, and marinate it in soy sauce, brown sugar, pineapple juice and black pepper for 24 hrs.
It dries for 4 hours, it produces unbeleivable jerky, at far far far less than mail order or store bought.
yes yes it's one more gadget, but I love it, and it's fun to expirement
I made my own for years, than discovered this brand: http://www.worldkitchens.net/Products...
It's sold at Wal-Mart for about $9.50/lb. It's tough to pass up when it tastes so good, and it's hard to make it for less money when taking into account the weight after drying, ingredients, electricity to operate, and clean-up (more an environmental/time issue, but still).
I still have the dehydrator, though more often I have made jerkey using Alton Brown's box fan/furnace filter setup.
I bought a 1 lb bag of the world kitchens beef jerky before Ike hit, and have been munching on it. Although it is cheap, and not too bad, it really isn't as good as Pemmican. I would rather spend a little more, or even better get some from Woody's (mentioned above) or make my own. Just my opinion. But I will say it was better than nothing!