Gear Review: Savage Jerky
Have you ever been short on time, in a rush, and had no other option but to try your best to make a meal from the offerings of the gas station’s shelves? Sure you have. We’ve all had to do it. Shopping among the meager offerings of processed snacks, sugar-loaded candies, and tired old sandwiches that look like something out of a Tim Burton movie are sometimes the only thing standing between you and showing up to that meeting with a stomach growling as loud as a T-Rex.
I’m not going to tell you Savage Jerky has reinvented the wheel, because to many folks “jerky is jerky” (I’ve heard those exact words spoken). If you fancy yourself as more of a connoisseur who is interested in trying new jerky, let me tell you a little about what you’re going to get when you tear into a bag of Savage Jerky. The first thing that hit me was the aroma. The first bag I tried was the Mojo Jalapeno (pictured) and the smokey scent drifting out of the packaging instantly surprised me. Even on jerky that claims to be “all natural” you can usually expect roughly the same faint smell of Worcestershire and pepper, which is fine. Whether it’s hiking, camping, or just a Sunday drive, I’ve eaten more than my share of what I call over the counter jerky. If the gas station is selling over the counter jerky, you can consider Savage Jerky to be prescription jerky–it’s the stuff that cures your opinion of jerky as a passable snack.
Beyond the smell, is obviously the flavor, right? Smoke before fire. The moment I smelled the product I wanted to see if it really tasted as good as it smelled, and dammit was I happy. Fair warning, their products are not light on heat. If you don’t care for spicy food, be sure to stick to the Original Mojo flavor, or even the Bacon Sriracha flavor until you’re ready to upgrade. The Mojo Jalapeno flavor for me was the perfect amount of heat for snacking–I could eat the whole bag without running to the fridge for a cold beer. Not that I didn’t drink a beer or two, but that’s another story.
The texture of the jerky is by and far the biggest difference between this product and the myriad others I’ve tried. I’ve had jerky of damn near every (legal) meat you can imagine, and although a gamier meat tends to be more my style, it’s hard to deny that beef jerky is by and far the most prominent. Savage Jerky uses all natural recipes and a unique cut of beef to make their product. If you’ve ever had the “tender” jerky sold at the filling station, you’re probably wary of any jerky sold as tender. I know I am. Savage jerky is tender without having a squishy texture, but at the same time it’s substantial without being chewy.
So back to convenience. If you head over to Savage Jerky and check out their products, you’ll see they offering recurring purchases as a payment option. Personally I’m a fan of subscription-based products where you can sign yourself up to receive just the right amount of that special something, without running out and trying to rush an order in. This is definitely a good way to stay ahead of those emergency trips to aisle three to buy a pack of snack crackers and a greasy sandwich that comes in that weird tinfoil that looks like it would be better used for making a helium balloon.
So if I’ve piqued your curiosity about trying Savage Jerky, I’ve got a coupon code to share with you. My great friend Coty Heim, who is a Twitch Partnered Streamer, is sponsored by Savage Jerky so while you’re at the checkout you can use coupon code COTY for 15% off your entire order. If you head over to Coty’s stream you’ll probably spot Savage Jerky banners, and you may even run into Brad, the owner of Savage Jerky. They are great guys, and love to chat about the product.
If you’ve had Savage Jerky, Tweet at me to let me know your favorite flavors. Also check out their hot sauces, the Mojo Habanero is excellent!