6:13 PM Derek , 0 Comments
Last week, I introduced you to my new favorite jerky company, Mountain America. They feature a huge line of gourmet and exotic jerky. They sent so many samples, I couldn't fit them all in one review. Below is a rundown of the products that I couldn't quite squeeze into Pt 1.
Habanero Beef Jerky: There's spicy and there's habanero. This jerky has plenty of savory beef flavor, but that gets overshadowed a bit by the mouth numbing burn. The basic recipe is much the same as the other flavors with one major difference. Habanero pepper flakes are visible on each flaming stick of beef. This jerky still has great flavor, but the heat may be too much for some.
Venison: Venison is a jerky that I absolutely love. With the out of control deer population in Southern Michigan, many people in the area have perfected making jerky from white tail deer. I even experimented (with mixed results) making it last fall. While I've had several good versions, none of them measure up to Mountain America's venison jerky. The flavor profile is simple and savory. There is just the right balance of sweet and salty. The lean venison creates a slightly tougher jerky, but I enjoy the extra chew.
Garlic Pepper Beef Jerky: Though their original beef jerky recipe is nearly perfect, this variation is a pretty good alternative as well. Adding a hint of garlic and a strong black pepper finish to the original recipe, the garlic pepper jerky has an extra bold flavor.
Kangaroo: Yes, you read that right. You may have though ostrich and alligator were exotic, but kangaroo is a whole new level of unique (at least in the US). I have never eaten kangaroo in any form. I really had no idea what to expect. In terms of texture, it was much more tender than most of the other meats. It was so tender that I almost wouldn't classify it as jerky. The recipe is the same as many of the other meats. However, the flavor was more sharp. Though not exactly the same, I almost picked up a salami or pepperoni flavor vibe. I will admit, however, that the thought of eating kangaroo was difficult to get over.
That wraps up my take on the Mountain America line of jerky. While some flavors were better than others, there is no question that I would rate the entire product line 5 stars. It's difficult, but I'll try to rank the flavors to give you an idea of my favorites. In reality, you can't go wrong with any of them.
1. Wild Boar
2. Original Beef Jerky
5. Garlic Pepper Beef
7. Habanero Beef Jerky
Don't forget to check out Mountain America's other products @ https://www.mountainamericajerky.com/