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Golden Island’s Beef Jerky: Kung Pao Overall Score B (Spicy)

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Overall Score: B

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FLAVOR FACTOR: A

If you’re looking for a jerky that will spice up your life, Golden Island’s Kung Pao beef jerky is exactly what you want. Initially, biting into it gives you a hint of sweetness; however, it is quickly followed up with spice. With hints of brown sugar and a robust blend of Chilies and Sichuan pepper, the results are a delicious and potent Kung Pao taste. The heat was a bit overwhelming for me at times, but the intensity was true to the Asian-inspired flavor. We score Golden Island’s Kung Pao beef jerky an A on the flavor factor.

TEXTURE FACTOR: B

Because of the way Golden Island kettle cooks their beef in their process, the jerky is tender and soft, but looks unlike most jerky product’s I’ve seen. The meat was moist, but not overly oily. It had very little gristle, but was a bit chewy. Overall, the texture was good, but a little too spongy. We score Golden Island’s Kung Pao beef jerky a B on the texture factor.

HEALTH FACTOR: B

Golden Island’s Kung Pao beef jerky contains all natural ingredients and is gluten free. It also has less sodium that most brands we’ve reviewed. There are no added nitrates, but I don’t see anywhere on the product that it contains no MSG. We score Golden Island’s Kung Pao beef jerky a B on the health factor.

Nutrition Facts:

  • Serving Size 1oz (28g)
  • Amount Per Serving Calories 90
  • Calories from Fat 3 %
  • Total Fat 2g 3%
  • Saturated Fat 1g 5%
  • Trans Fat 0gm 0%
  • Cholesterol 25mg 8%
  • Sodium 300 mg 12%
  • Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
  • Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
  • Sugars 7g
  • Protein 10g 20%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your needs.

VALUE FACTOR: B

Golden Island’s Kung Pao beef jerky is sold in 3oz and 8oz bags. They are available in a variety of locations including physical stores around the USA and on Amazon.com for around $2.50/oz. We recommend trying Golden Island’s Kung Pao beef jerky because of the bold, spicy flavors and the unique preparation process Golden Island uses when crafting it. Because of it’s accessibility and uniqueness, we score Golden Island’s Kung Pao beef jerky a B on the value factor.

 

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Laura’s Lean Beef Jerky: Original Overall Score: B

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Overall Score: B

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FLAVOR FACTOR: B

Laura’s Lean Original beef jerky has a clean taste with hint of initial sweetness, and then pepper. The added smoke flavor is an afterthought to earthy pepper flavor that comes through as you chew the jerky. The flavor is good, but it doesn’t stand out as spectacular. We score Laura’s Lean Original beef jerky a B on the flavor factor.

TEXTURE FACTOR: B

The jerky looked as advertised and was lean and sliced thin. Although thin, the pieces were dense and fairly dry. It was neither too chewy, nor too tough. I enjoyed the lean, non-gristly texture of the jerky, but since the jerky was a bit dry we score Laura’s Lean Original beef jerky a B on the texture factor.

HEALTH FACTOR: A

Awarded 2016 Prevention Magazine Cleanest Food Award, Laura’s Lean Original beef jerky is made with grass fed beef and is certified USDA Organic. It contains no added preservatives, MSG, or nitrates. It is gluten free. We score Laura’s Lean Original beef jerky an A on the health factor

Nutrition Facts:

  • Serving Size 1oz (28g)
  • Amount Per Serving Calories 80
  • Calories from Fat 10
  • Total Fat 1g .2%
  • Saturated Fat 0g 0%
  • Trans Fat 0gm 0%
  • Cholesterol 20mg 7%
  • Sodium 470 mg 20%
  • Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
  • Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
  • Sugars 6g
  • Protein 11g 20%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your needs.

VALUE FACTOR: B

Laura’s Lean beef jerky is readily available in stores and online through their website and Amazon.com. You can use their website to find a store near you. The price for a 3oz bag is around $7.50 – $8.00. If you’re looking for a beef jerky that is organic and health-conscious, we recommend trying Laura’s Lean original beef jerky. We score Laura’s Lean Original beef jerky a B on the value factor.

 

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Old Trapper Beef Jerky: Teriyaki Overall Score: B

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Overall Score: C

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 FLAVOR FACTOR: B

The jerky tastes fantastic; however, the teriyaki didn’t come through in the way I hoped. It seemed almost southwestern style with possible hints of Poblano pepper, but it isn’t spicy. The teriyaki flavor is more of an after taste to the rich smokiness cooked into the meat; however, the combination of the two is pleasant and prevents the jerky from tasting too salty. Old Trapper Teriyaki beef jerky scores a B on the flavor factor.

TEXTURE FACTOR: A

The jerky looks delicious and lean. The pieces are tender and moist, but not oily. The pieces were not overly chewy. Some were stringy as you tore or chewed, but they were not gristly . Overall, the quality seems great. I would recommend this brand if you do not like tough, chewy jerky. Old Trapper Teriyaki Beef Jerky scores an A on the Texture Factor.

HEALTH FACTOR: C

Neither the package nor the official website says the product is gluten free, MSG free, or nitrates free. The sodium content is also a bit higher than some of the other brands we’ve reviewed. We give Old Trapper Teriyaki Beef Jerky a scores of on the health factor.

Nutrition Facts:

  • Serving Size 1oz (28g)
  • Amount Per Serving Calories 70
  • Calories from Fat 5 %
  • Total Fat 1gm 1%
  • Saturated Fat 0gm 0%
  • Trans Fat 0gm 0%
  • Cholesterol 20mg 6%
  • Sodium 530 mg 22%
  • Total Carbohydrate 6gm 2%
  • Dietary Fiber 0gm 0%
  • Sugars 4gm
  • Protein 9gm 19%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your needs.

VALUE FACTOR: B

Old Trapper Smoked Products is the family owned business, headquartered in Oregon, that makes Old Trapper beef jerky. They claim their beef jerky is the best in the world,  and they have been expanding their business since 1969. Their teriyaki beef jerky is definitely delicious, but I don’t think this particular flavor was bold enough to be the best in my book. The 10oz bag is easily available in stores and online for $15 or less. Combining flavor, cost, and availability, we think Old Trapper beef jerky is a good value and recommend trying it for yourself.

 

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