Vermont Smoke & Cure produces a full line of bacon, sausages and hams, but it was their "Real Sticks" meat snacks that caught my eye. Real Sticks are packaged in individually wrapped 1 oz. portions (24 per box). They are currently available in two flavors: BBQ and Cracked Pepper.
While they may look familiar, Real Sticks aren't quite like the "meat" sticks you typically find on convenience store counters. These snacks are moist and far less salty than most meat sticks. Additionally, you won't find strange fillers likes mechanically separated chicken in the ingredient list of Real Sticks. The sticks are soft, with a slight chew
I found Vermont Smoke & Cure's Real Sticks to be very well seasoned. I also enjoyed the consistency of each stick. I didn't need to rip or tear to bite into it. The texture seemed more to me like a frank or stadium sausage than a typical cured meat snack.
I've had a hard time deciding which flavor I like best. I've solicited opinions from several friends and co-workers. The consensus favorite among them seemed to be the BBQ flavor. Were I forced to choose one, I'd probably lean toward the Cracked Pepper, but I don't think you could go wrong either way.
Real Sticks and other Vermont Smoke and Cure products can be purchased directly from their website. If you're a fan of quality meat snacks, I definitely recommend checking them out. Don't forget to see how I rated Real Sticks on our "Product Reviews" page.