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People’s Choice Sausage Company is jerking you around…in all the best ways!

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People’s Choice Beef Jerky boasts a great lineup of products!

When I was approached by Brian Bianchetti from Los Angeles about trying out some of People’s Sausage Company’s People’s Choice Beef Jerky, I did some digging around on the world wide interwebs and discovered that he was part of a family business that started making meat products back in 1929 in downtown L.A.  Fast forward to 2016-four generations and almost nine decades later, and they still employ the painstaking, handmade processes utilized when their sausage business first started back in the day. Brian’s dad added beef jerky to their product line along the way, and the rest, as they say, is history!

 

People’s Choice sent me one of everything they offer: Large packs of thin sliced jerky, their three “signature” lines, and their Beef sticks. What do they all have in common? The quality of beef used is excellent. I wasn’t told what exact cut of beef is used for each, but they all had an excellent base flavor and texture, and I knew I was experiencing a higher quality cut of beef than most jerky I’ve eaten (and I’ve eaten a lot of jerky in my day, folks!). Without exception, it’s a great lineup of styles and flavors. I won’t go into significant detail about every one of them, cause I would jerk you one way and then jerk you another, and then you’d start thinking I was a jerk, and well, we wouldn’t want that, now, would we?! But I will touch on all of them and give a little more detail on a few that truly stood out. So let’s talk some jerky!

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The 3 large packs were simply labeled “People’s Choice Beef Jerky” and  came in Original, Hot & Spicy, and Teriyaki flavors. They had larger sheets of thin sliced beef, and while albeit tougher than the others, they weren’t overly tough. The Original had a good flavor, focusing on the natural flavor of the beef with a nicely rounded, traditionally minded use of garlic, onion, and other spices. It was slightly sweet, but not overly so, and while not highlighted, had less than 300 mg of sodium per serving, something almost unheard of in jerkyland! As someone who tries to watch my sodium intake, I was very impressed. The Hot and Spicy also had less sodium, but I didn’t find it much spicier than the original. It wasn’t quite a sweet on the front end, and there was a little more discernible pepper flavor, but I wouldn’t go so far as to call it “hot”. But then again, I’m a chilehead, a lover of heat and spice, so this flavor configuration probably works well for most palates.  The Teriyaki was understandably sweeter, and with a fairly subtle soy and ginger flavor profile, which I enjoyed because it didn’t overpower the flavor of the beef. It also had slightly more sodium than the other two, which I would have expected.

IMG_6778The Old Fashioned line (also in Original, Hot & Spicy, and Teriyaki) was slightly thicker and in smaller pieces, and was dry, but not Sahara desert dry, if you know what I mean. The marketing sheet says this line features old family recipes, and the flavor profiles follow closely with the large, thin sheets found in the large packs. The one exception is that the smaller, thicker pieces were not as sweet on the front end, with the exception of the teriyaki. And the Hot & Spicy brought more spice and heat forward, and after eating an ounce or so, I could tell my mouth was “feeling the burn”(If you’re reading this during the 2016 presidential campaign, well, no pun intended!) The sodium content in this line, while higher than the thin sheets, was significantly lower than beef jerky you find in most stores.

The Carne Seca line also used a thicker cut of meat, but it was still lean. It was mostly dry, but not tough. I tried the Limon and Limon con (with) Chile. IMG_6774The lime (Limon translates lime-most of the time) flavor was very, very mild and hard to pick up, but there was a slight “brightness” of flavor that I could only attribute to the influence of the citrus. The “with chile” version added a layer of spice that wasn’t overwhelming and played well in the sandbox. The other traditional Mexican flavors were pleasant, the sodium again lower than you’d expect, and while not my favorite in the lineup, I sure wouldn’t turn it down if offered to me.

The Tasting Kitchen line focuses on limited edition, small batch, special flavors, that the company changes every so often. I sampled the Orange Honey Teriyaki, Sweet Chile Habanero, Garlic Ginger, and Sriracha flavors. The first three mentioned featured thick cuts of lean, moist beef, and I felt more like I was eating a nice flank steak, or maybe a round steak that was marinated forever and fully cooked, but not tough at all. The Sriracha, while very lean and flavorful, was much drier than the other three. It was hard to isolate a definitive Sriracha flavor, but after several bites, I felt a nice spice, and if I closed my eyes and concentrated really hard, I could tell that maybe…just maybe, I was eating Sriracha flavored jerky.

IMG_6768The Sweet Chile Habanero was by far my absolute home run favorite! I wrote notes on every product and I’ll just tell you what I wrote about this one in particular- AWESOME!!!!! Okay, I only used 2 exclamation marks in my notes, but I’m all excited now that I’m sharing my thoughts! It was very moist and tender with a great base beef texture and flavor and a sweet front end. I swear that it almost tasted like it had been candied! Crazy good! The habanero heat layers in very nicely, sliding in behind the sweet, ramping up to a discernible burn, but very manageable for most people. And the heat lingers a bit, just like a habanero should, but the sweetness of the beef and other flavors tempers it to a very enjoyable level. This one is definitely worth multiple repeat performances! And it didn’t have any more calories or significant difference in the amount of sugars, etc. found in the other flavors. The  Orange Honey Teriyaki was very moist, and slightly sticky. I could discern the orange, and I almost found this one a tad too sweet, but my wife and jerky lovin’ son ( And for the record, no, I did NOT call him a jerk,…even though he did try to steal some before I was ready to fully share the wealth!) really liked this flavor. The Garlic Ginger was also excellent, with subtle Asian tones (I mean, duh, it does have ginger in it) and a well balanced flavor profile.

And the big surprise for me were the Beef Sticks, also in Original, Hot & Spicy, and Teriyaki flavors. I’m generally not a fan of beef sticks because I find them greasy, either too tough or too mushy, and with an artificial tasting flavor. Not this time! They were lean, not greasy or oily at all, and tasted fresh and natural. They had a nice firm casing that was not tough at all, and the meat was just the right texture and consistency. While the Original and Teriyaki mimicked their thinner cousins very closely in their flavor profiles, I found the Hot & Spicy beef stick to be spicier than its cousin, with a nice, layered heat, which I thoroughly enjoyed! I can’t think of a company making similar products that could shake a stick at them! Get it? Stick at them? Beef stick!? Sorry…couldn’t resist.  Anyway, I loved them!

So, there you have it, peeps! A great lineup of beef jerky that boasts something for everyone! From traditional to sophisticated and unique, People’s Choice Beef Jerky lived up to their claim of making things that are made with purpose. It’s very difficult to really get a sense for someone’s emotion in an email, much less their passion, but it was easy for me to tell that this family run business in downtown Los Angeles is proud of their products, their roots, their family, and the handcrafted traditions used in crafting some really smart beef jerky. And well they should be! If I have to wrap the company up in one rating, I’d have to give People’s Choice Beef Jerky and all their collective goodness 4.5/5.0 Fiery Worlds!!! And I promise, I’m not jerking you around! I know! I know! But I just couldn’t resist. Go visit their website at www.peopleschoicebeefjerky.com and tell them that “It’s a Fiery World” sent you! Because we all know, Ladies and Gentlemen, that it truly is a Fiery World!

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Where’s that Hot Sauce Made? New York City is Setting a Fast Pace for all Things Spicy! 


I just posted this link on my Facebook page- the link to the below article drives home what I’ve been saying for quite a while now- some fine hot sauce comes out of New York! And the whole East coast, for that matter!!! A special shout out to High River Sauces Steve Seabury and our friends at Endorphin Farms who are featured in the Crain’s New York Business Magazine article by Matt Gross!! Enjoy our collective Fiery World, peeps!! #itsafieryworld #fieryworld

http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20160522/SMALLBIZ/160529960/hot-times-in-the-city-for-hot-sauce

Patter Fam Opens Co-Packing Operation

For Immediate Release – May 16, 2016
Contact: Sam Peters, Owner, Patter Fam Sauces, (740)-352-2008 patterfamsauce@yahoo.com 


Wheelersburg, OH – Patter Fam Foods, a full-service sauce co-packing facility is now approved for acidic foods manufacturing. A subsidiary of Patter Fam Sauces, LLC, it is located in the Ohio-Kentucky-West Virginia tri-state region, in the heart of some of the richest agricultural regions in the Eastern U.S.

Their niche is the small producer/cottage based industry that is under-served by the co-packing industry. They can produce in quantities as small as 10 gallons or as large as you need. Producers can avoid the large production quantities required by most co-packers.

Patter Fam Foods is actively looking for food producers with a new product or limited budget, restaurants, or start-ups looking for a way to make their product “market ready”. They provide consulting, branding, product development and logistic services. They can manufacture your recipe or develop a private label line for your restaurant or food company.

As an extension of their successful Patter Fam Sauces brand, they have a proven track record for high quality food products and service. Sam Peters said, “We are dedicated to outstanding customer service and partnerships with our clients. Our mission has always been to make every dining experience great!”

Patter Fam Foods is located at 8019 Hayport Road in Wheelersburg, OH at the intersection of Hayport Road and Old Gallia Pike. For more information you may visit their website, or phone 740-352-2008.
http://www.patterfamsauces.com

High River Sauces Announces 2016 Screaming Mimi Winners! 

  
Hot off the press!!! After a weekend of sauce, spice, and killer sales for vendors, here is the list of winners of the ever coveted Screaming Mimi awards for 2016. It’s a Fiery World congratulates all the winners! And apologies for the formatting- I wanted to get these pushed out as soon as I received them!! Because, Ladies and gentlemen, It is a Fiery World!!! 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 25th, 2016

                                                                                                NYC Hot Sauce Expo – Screaming Mi Mi Award Winners

 

The NYC Hot Sauce Expo is proud to announce the 2016 Screaming Mi Mi Award winners. With hundreds of entries the winners were selected by blind taste test by New Yorks finest and brightest in the culinary industry. The panel consisted of chefs from FOX, CBS and Food Networks, Food Critics from NYC Newspapers, Bloggers, Magazines, Hot Sauce Retailers, and some of NYC’s Top Chefs. The Screaming Mi Mi Awards have been creating a large industry buzz within the Hot Sauce Community. Past winners have received features on TV, magazines, newspapers creating a profile that has lead for their product distributed by wholesalers and national retail outlets.

 

This year’s top honors goes out to Ghost Scream Hot Sauce for winning the Grand World Champion. The panel of judges gave his Shost Scream Hot Sauce the top honors of all entries.

 

Here are your 2016 Screaming Mi Mi Award Winners.

 

2016 NYC Hot Sauce Expo

Screaming Mi Mi Award

Asian Style

Yai’s Thai

Chili Garlic Hot Sauce

 

2nd Place – Jersey Barnfire – Ginger

3rd Place – BONMi – BONMi Bonfire Sauce

 

2016 NYC Hot Sauce Expo

Screaming Mi Mi Award

Caribbean Style

Krista’s Caribbean Kitchen

Jerkalicious

 

2nd Place – Dashelito’s – Undertow Caribbean Curry Hot Pepper Sauce

3rd Place – Dirty Dicks – Pepper Sauce

 

2016 NYC Hot Sauce Expo

Screaming Mi Mi Award

Louisiana Style

Hoff & Pepper

Hoff Sauce

 

2nd Place – Ed’s Red – XX Hot Sauce

3rd Place – Gater Hammock – Gator Sauce

 

2016 NYC Hot Sauce Expo

Screaming Mi Mi Award

Chipotle

Caption Foods

Old Man Gourmet Creole

 

2nd Place – Jersey Barnfire – Smoked Ghost Taco

3rd Place – All Spice Café – Chipotle Garlic

 

2016 NYC Hot Sauce Expo

Screaming Mi Mi Award

Fruit Based

Dirty Dicks

Hot Pepper Sauce

 

2nd Place – VooDoo Chile – Psycho Tropic

3rd Place – Clamlube Brand – Authentic Black

 

2016 NYC Hot Sauce Expo

Screaming Mi Mi Award

Fruit Based Hot

Dirty Dicks

Hot Pepper Sauce

 

2nd Place – Angry Goat – Purple Hippo Hot Sauce

3rd Place – Red Flag Spicy Foods – Not Dead Yet

 

2016 NYC Hot Sauce Expo

Screaming Mi Mi Award

Habanero

Crowley’s Hot Sauce

Haba Nice Day

 

2nd Place – Volcanic Peppers – Volcanic Dust

3rd Place – Heartbreaking Dawns – 1542

 

2016 NYC Hot Sauce Expo

Screaming Mi Mi Award

Jalapeno

Hell’s Kitchen

Retro Jalapeno

 

2nd Place – Hot & Pepper – Hoff Sauce

3rd Place – Queen Majesty – Jalapeno

 

2016 NYC Hot Sauce Expo

Screaming Mi Mi Award

Pepper Blend Mild

Jersey Barnfire

Black Garlic

 

2nd Place – Lucky Dog – Brown Label

3rd Place – Friendly Fire – Tamarind & Ghost Pepper

 

2016 NYC Hot Sauce Expo

Screaming Mi Mi Award

Pepper Blend Hot

Ghost Scream

Ghost Scream Hot Sauce

 

2nd Place – Rescue Me Hot Sauce

3rd Place – Purple Pam – Kiss of Death

 

2016 NYC Hot Sauce Expo

Screaming Mi Mi Award

XXX Hot Sauce

Cully’s Hot Sauce

Firewater

 

2nd Place – Heartbreaking Dawns – Fervor

3rd Place – Primo’s – Swampadelic

 

2016 NYC Hot Sauce Expo

Screaming Mi Mi Award

Chicken Wing

Defcon Sauces

Defense Condition #3

 

2nd Place – Defcon Sauces – Curbstomp

3rd Place – Defcon Sauces – Cluckwing Orange

 

2016 NYC Hot Sauce Expo

Screaming Mi Mi Award

Spicy BBQ

Texas Rib Ranger

Hot BBQ Sauce

 

2nd Place – Tom’s Roid-Rippin’- Double RR Citrus BBQ

2nd Place – Rufus Teague – Blazing Hot BBQ

3rd Place – Southern Belle – Spicy Hickory Smoke

 

2016 NYC Hot Sauce Expo

Screaming Mi Mi Award

Spicy Salsa

Texas Brew Salsa

Hot Iron Habanero

 

2nd Place – Todd’s Original – Ghost Pepper Salsa

3rd Place – Deception Salsa – Oink

 

2016 NYC Hot Sauce Expo

Screaming Mi Mi Award

Best Hot Sauce Label

Puckerbutt Pepper Company

The Reaper

 

2nd Place – All Spice Café – Cayenne Habanero 

3rd Place – Mikey V’s – 512 Pot Sauce

 

2016 NYC Hot Sauce Expo

Screaming Mi Mi Award

Grand World Champion

Ghost Scream

Ghost Scream Hot Sauce

 

For more information about the NYC Hot Sauce Expo please contact Steve Seabury: steve@highriversauces.com   

 

Official website: http://www.NYCHotSauceExpo.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NewYorkCityHotSauceExpo

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/highriversauces

 

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