The F&S Beef Jerky Blind Taste Test

In the interest of science (and as an excuse to eat some delicious food), the Field & Stream edit staff held a beef jerky taste test in the office. Here are the results, starting with the last-place jerky. To learn more about the taste test, you can read about it here on our Wild Chef blog. Brand: Crazy Ed's Roadkill _**Tasting Panel's Remarks
**_ Hits: Really liked the smokey flavor... Good flavor, but fades... Misses: Terrible texture, really bad... Dry and brittle. No taste but pepper...**
** Score__ (out of 50 possible points in each category) Texture: 13 Quality of Meat: 15 Taste: 17 Votes for Overall Favorite Jerky: Zero Total Score: 45
CJ Lotz
Brand: Clint & Sons _**Tasting Panel's Remarks
**_ Hits:_ Good, but the slices are too thin... Nice spice...
_ Misses: Like eating a peppery leather saddle... Tastes like a piece of plastic bacon... Score (out of 50 possible points in each category) Texture: 16 Quality of Meat: 21 Taste: 21 Votes for Overall Favorite Jerky: Zero Total Score: 58
CJ Lotz
Brand: Bass Pro Shops _**Tasting Panel's Remarks
**_ Hits:_ Nice straight-up jerky. Fits the craving...
_ Misses: Tough, dry, weak flavor... Score (out of 50 possible points in each category) Texture: 25 Quality of Meat: 24 Taste: 29 Votes for Overall Favorite Jerky: Zero Total Score: 78
CJ Lotz
Brand: Crazy Horse _**Tasting Panel's Remarks
**_ Hits:_ Beefy, peppery..._ (Those were the nicest words said about this one.) Misses: Far too dry and a bit too much like artificial smoke... Tastes like a shoe... Score (out of 50 possible points in each category) Texture: 27 Quality of Meat: 26 Taste: 27 Votes for Overall Favorite Jerky: Zero Total Score: 80
CJ Lotz
Brand: Sograte _**Tasting Panel's Remarks
**_ Hits:_ Spicy like a BBQ dry rub. Good, but must want that BBQ flavor... Good seasoning...
_ Misses: Dry as dust... Tastes fatty. Middle of the road... Score (out of 50 possible points in each category) Texture: 29 Quality of Meat: 28 Taste: 30 Votes for Overall Favorite Jerky: Zero Total Score: 87
CJ Lotz
Brand: Stripling's _**Tasting Panel's Remarks
**_ Hits:_ Most excellent all around...
_ Misses: Kind of gummy... Soft, like a gobbler dropping... The similarity to animal dropping just isn't appealing... Score (out of 50 possible points in each category) Texture: 23 Quality of Meat: 27 Taste: 27 Votes for Overall Favorite Jerky: 1 (10 bonus points) Total Score: 87
CJ Lotz
Brand: Liberty _**Tasting Panel's Remarks
**_ Hits:_ Good campfire jerky... Dry but not overly tough... Beefy. Your classic jerky...
_ Misses: Not a big fan of the aftertaste... SO dry.. _Score (out of 50 possible points in each category)
_ Texture: 24 Quality of Meat: 25 Taste: 29 Votes for Overall Favorite Jerky: 1 (10 bonus points) Total Score: 88
CJ Lotz
Brand: Jeff's Gourmet Jerky _**Tasting Panel's Remarks
**_ Hits:_ Strange texture. Too sweet. Not my thing... No, just not happening...
_ Misses: Really sweet, unique flavor. Never tasted jerky like this before... Score (out of 50 possible points in each category) Texture: 28 Quality of Meat: 30 Taste: 27 Votes for Overall Favorite Jerky: 2 (20 bonus points) Total Score: 105
CJ Lotz
Brand: Jack Link's _**Tasting Panel's Remarks
**_ Hits:_ Beefy flavor with a nice balance of sweet, salt, and spice... Nice texture...
_ Misses: Sweet. Very sweet... Too dry... _Score (out of 50 possible points in each category)
_ Texture: 27 Quality of Meat: 31 Taste: 33 Votes for Overall Favorite Jerky: 2 (20 bonus points) Total Score: 111
CJ Lotz
Brand: Mountain Ranch Jerky _**Tasting Panel's Remarks
**_ Hits:_ Excellent. Good snap and taste... Felt like I could eat the most of this one...
_ Misses: Too fatty. Tastes a little too much like pork... _Score (out of 50 possible points in each category)
_ Texture: 37 Quality of Meat: 39 Taste: 37 Votes for Overall Favorite Jerky: 1 (10 bonus points) Total Score: 123
CJ Lotz
Brand: Gary West Smoked Meats (also avaible at Cabela's) _**Tasting Panel's Remarks
**_ Hits:_ Good balance of salty and sweet... Excellent. Perfect pitch... Best all around...
_ Misses: Great, except it could have had a bit more flavor... _Score (out of 50 possible points in each category)
_ Texture: 39 Quality of Meat: 40 Taste: 37 Votes for Overall Favorite Jerky: 2 (20 bonus points) Total Score: 136
CJ Lotz

In the interest of science (and as an excuse to eat some delicious food), the Field & Stream edit staff held a beef jerky taste test in the office. Here are the results, starting with the last-place jerky. To learn more about the taste test, you can read about it here on our Wild Chef blog.