I am on a quest to make the best dang jerky in the world. I figured I had better do a little bench marking against some commercial brands to see what I am up against.
For this round of tasting I went with three different versions of pork jerky.
Sweet Chili Pork Jerky from Lorissa’s Kitchen
The first thing that stuck me about this jerky was how small the pieces were. The jerky was much thinner than I am getting using a jerky board and was cut into small bite sized pieces.
The flavor and texture were acceptable but didn’t really blow me away. Here is a peek at the ingredients. The pineapple juice has me intrigued. I am guessing that folks are using that both for flavor and a natural tenderizer.
Black Cherry Barbecue Pork Jerky from Krave
I had to keep an open mind on this one.
Under normal circumstances I would never consider something called Black Cherry Barbecue but if I am going to expand my horizons then it had to be tried.
The ragged texture on this jerky was something new to me.
As far is the taste of this pork jerky was concerned it definitely lived up to the label. The black cherry profile was dominant.
The label indicates that the used a lot of real black cherry juice in the jerky so good for them. I was glad to see that the flavor wasn’t coming from a chemical cocktail.
Original BBQ Pork Jerky from Oberto
Of the three pork jerky products I tried this was easily my favorite.
You get nice, solid pieces of pork jerky and quite a bit more product than the other two brands.
There weren’t any funky flavors or bold experiments with this pork jerky. It is just a solid product that tastes exactly like what you want.
There aren’t any funky ingredients here although I do notice that they, like Lorissa’s Kitchen, use pineapple juice. I think I will be giving that a try on my next jerky batch.
I found the Oberto’s pork jerky in the checkout line at Home Depot. If you see a bag don’t be afraid to give it a try!