Momma Told Me: Don't just 'eat' food, savor it!
You could say the obsession for candied meat, aka jerky, is in my blood. Just 2 weeks back I found myself sitting beneath the misters of my grandfather's backyard cabana eying the slow smoked pork kabobs on his grill. Congressman House, as he's known in his hometown, is secretly a gourmet home chef. Playing with flavors and pioneering gastronomy techniques is more than a fanciful pastime for him. In high school I took his 23 ingredient recipe for Peanut Satay to my home economics class, for my final. Speechless would adequately describe the reaction of staff and students. But back to the humble family gathering; in between wines over the taunting aromas, my cousin let it slip my grandfather had recently reformulated his 'secret' jerky recipe. In a 5 day process he would rub, marinate, and slow smoke beef and pork to a perfection that literally caused riots among the family living close by. In any case, it's no wonder Momma inherited this culinary curiosity, and I was raised among dehydrators and meat slicers, with the finest cuts of cured meat.
Golden Island, natural small batch, jerky is the holy grail of shelf stable artisan meat. With a 50 year commitment to the finest flavor cultivation and two revolutionary methods of processing, kettle cooked and flame grilled, the texture and flavors are unrivaled. Being the snob that I am, I could tell simply from peering through the tantalizing pouch windows, I was in for a treat at first bite.
Korean BBQ Pork Jerky. I don't like to play favorites, but this would have to be the brightest star, among a full sky, for me. A little chili Powder, Korean Spices, Gluten Free Soy Sauce, and garlic make this melt-in-your mouth treat something worth fighting over. I wanted to gripe a little about how the 3oz bags seem so 'small' and go so fast- but the simple truth is I could probably eat a case of Golden Island jerky in one sitting if it were available, so the packaging remains my only tool for portioning right now!
What Daughter Says: There may be some bartering of Golden Island for a back rub, but I'm otherwise not letting this culinary find out of my sight!
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