I’m not a huge fan of jerky but I saw this Mr.Z product and felt I had to compare it against something.
There are a few different brands but I see Jack Links everywhere so they must be pretty popular. I don’t really know how else to introduce these products since I don’t eat jerky so…on to the evaluation!
These were original flavor although the color was kind of red in color. The smell was really weird to me, something very familiar, yet I couldn’t put my finger on it. Ethan described it as smelling like deviled ham, but that wouldn’t be familiar to me so I don’t know how I would describe it.
I know jerky is supposed to be dry and chewy but these seemed very tough and plasticy. One piece I could not tear with my teeth and felt really neanderthal, so I gave up. Ethan also thought it was tough but liked the flavor and said it was pretty good if you let it sit in your mouth and soften up.
Mr.Z’s product was considerably darker I wonder if it is because this is grass-fed beef. The pieces were smaller, which were easier to pop in my mouth just the way they were without any caveman pulling and tearing. There were smokier than Jack Links and a little peppery. Ethan thought the smoke was too much and the texture was too dry. I felt the opposite, I thought Z’s was much more enjoyable and not plasticy like Jack’s. The flavor was better even with amount of pepper in them, and I hate pepper.
Another tie here. I really didn’t like Jack Links and at least kind of enjoyed Mr. Z’s with it’s softer texture and smokier flavor. Ethan didn’t find much appealing about Z and then finished the bag of Jack Links so there’s no clear winner.