Jan 27, 2013

Review: Remington Trail Steaks - Maple Flavored Smoked Turkey Jerky

Remington Maple Flavored Smoked Turkey jerky (they call it "snacks" instead of "jerky") is an licensed product. The licensee is Trail Steaks, a company that specialized in steak snacks which is jerky made from premium cuts of steak cut into bite-sized pieces. The turkey is raised in the U.S. and features whole breast meat cut into strips and smoked slowly.

You can buy these online at $5.49 for a 3-ounce bag, but I received this bag courtesy of Trail Steaks.

I've never had turkey jerky before and it looks weird to me; like dried raw chicken meat or maybe dried smoked salmon... that did not stop me from eating it. Probably because it smelled good with a nice smoky aroma.

I like jerky in general, although it tends to be a bit pricey since these days. Jerky companies use good cuts of meat, while back in the olden days I imagine jerky was made to prevent spoilage with the leftover cuts that you weren't going to (or couldn't) immediately use.

Tastewise, I can't really tell it's turkey. If I closed my eyes and you fed it to me, I'd probably just guess it was beef jerky. Mostly because I would probably guess any jerky was beef since that's what I'm used to. There's a meatiness to it but it's divorced from any particular animal.

The Maple Flavored Smoked Turkey jerky's distinctiveness comes from the smoke flavoring and light hints of maple touched with a bit of sweetness and garlic. It's a good flavor. The saltiness wasn't too heavy and was fairly light for jerky.

The ingredients list cherry flavored syrup as the third ingredient (behind turkey and sugar), but I couldn't pick out any notes of cherry at all.

There's about an average amount of chew for jerky. You won't have risk pulling out your teeth to tear one of these apart. You can bite through it in one hard bite.

The texture is slightly gummy but not sticky like, say, a gummy worm. I guess a better way to put it is that it feels gummy but it doesn't stick to your teeth like gummy candies. It doesn't have that tough stringy meat texture that some jerkies have.

Overall, I like these a fair bit. The smoky flavor has a fair bit of nuance and the chew is nice.

Nutritional Info - Remington Trail Steak Maple Flavored Smoked Turkey Jerky
Serving Size - 1 oz (28g)
Calories - 50 (from Fat - 5)
Fat - .5g (Saturated Fat - 0g)
Sodium - 440mg
Carbs - 5g (Sugar - 5g)
Protein - 6g

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