One of my favorite snacks to date would have to be jerky. It always seems to make me happy as long as it is gluten free and not too tough. I was thrilled when Perky Jerky was willing to send me some product in exchange for an honest review. In all honesty I love this jerky, not only is it certified gluten free but also has no nitrates, no preservatives and no added MSG. All those are big wins in my book. For the last few years I’ve been buying the Original Turkey Perky Jerky from my local Costco but this time I get to try all there varieties of jerky along with their new beef sticks! You can read my reviews of each of the varieties below and watch my video review to see my first reactions of all of the flavors.
MORE THAN JUST ORIGINAL TURKEY: This jerky is one of my long time favorites. One, because I can get it at Costco in a huge bag and two it’s absolutely delicious! This flavor is nice and peppery and definitely a good original flavor to have and it really is ‘More than just Original.’
TASTY TERIYAKI TURKEY: This flavor was on point for a gluten free teriyaki. It had just the right sweetness notes and teriyaki taste you’re looking for. I love how all this jerky is so tender; it literally just falls apart in your mouth. Definitely a treat to get such lean turkey breast jerky to snack on.
BREWMASTER'S PALE ALE TURKEY: Now I will admit this flavor I was not looking forward to. I dislike beer and just can’t have beer for the most part unless it is gluten free. Not to mention my dad isn’t the biggest fan of Pale Ale’s so we were expecting to be disappointed with this one. To our liking though this actually ended up being by far our favorite flavor! Talk about a nice mellow flavor and truly gosh darn tasty. I would most definitely buy this flavor again.
SWEET & SNAPPY TURKEY: This flavor was exactly as described. The jerky had a slight sweetness with a snappy kick to follow. I really enjoyed this one and so did my dad.
JAMMIN' JAMAICAN TURKEY: This jerky had a spice in it neither my dad nor I really could describe. It wasn’t Cajun like I expected but more of just an island heat kind of like how the jerky is described online. Overall this flavor is nice but probably our least favorite of the bunch. Doesn’t mean I’m not going to hog the whole bag to myself!
HOT & BOTHERED TURKEY: Initially this jerky you start eating and think hmmm ‘not very spicy,’ but then it hits and you’re like ‘man I need a glass of water.’ Which is exactly what I’m looking for when I’m eating a spicy jerk, I want a kick that makes me ‘hot and bothered’ and that is exactly what this jerky did. This is a very flavorful flavor that I could see myself chowing down on.
MORE THAN JUST ORIGINAL BEEF: Now the beef flavors have very similar flavor notes to the turkey jerky counter parts, but they are made of beef. I enjoyed the original beef like I did the turkey because it again had that nice peppery kick that was just oh so yummy. It was tender just like the turkey which is often hard to find with beef jerky.
TASTY TERIYAKI BEEF: The teriyaki flavor was just as delicious and sweet and the turkey jerky. This melt in your mouth jerky will leave you craving more. It truly is hard to put the bag down.
BBQ WITH SEOUL BEEF: Now this BBQ with Seoul flavor is the only standalone beef flavor that doesn’t have a turkey counterpart. This flavor was a Korean style BBQ flavor that was oh such a good experience. It felt like I was at a Korean BBQ experiencing truly great flavors. This flavor makes me want to try a Korean BBQ restaurant, especially if it’s going to taste this good
SWEET & SNAPPY BEEF: Now onto the last of the beef jerkies. This one is just as bold of flavor as you would expect. You get a sweetness followed by that snappy kick that you’re looking for. I love how Perky Jerky describes this flavor themselves; ‘Picture it…You’re taking a photo of your child next to his favorite sports mascot. A sweet childhood moment. Well, until he gives a swift kick to the mascot’s you-know-what. It’s kinda like our Sweet & Snappy flavor - sweet at first, then nails you with a spicy kick.’
BEEF STICKS: Now the new beef sticks that Perky Jerky came out with come in four distinct flavors; Jammin’ Jamaican, Brewmaster’s Pale Ale, Tasty Teriyaki, and More than just Original. What I loved about these beef sticks was the texture! It was so easy chew unlike some of the competitors that make beef sticks. Often times they are so tough but these just fall apart in your mouth. It reminds me of almost like a ground beef stick, but oh so good. I will definitely be buying more of these.
*I received these products without charge in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are all my own.
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