Green Light Beef Jerky | Junk Food Blog

26 March, 2008

Green Light Beef Jerky

Green Light Jerky Company, based in Redwood City, CA, is a new entry into the world of beef jerky. If you're a fan of thin-sliced jerky, you'll want to take note.

For this review, I'm reviewing three of their flavors, "The Classic", "Pepper Grinder", and "PRD" (Prime Rib Dinner).

Green Light Beef Jerky
Overview

All three of the varieties reviewed here are flavored with soy sauce, onions, vinegar, salt, apple cider, and honey.

The pieces are thinly-sliced into strips of about half-inch to an inch wide, and about three to six inches in length. The texture is more drier than moist, but are still soft enough to bite off chunks easily.

The strips appear to be cuts of real meat.

Green Light says they use no MSG, no nitrates, no liquid smoke, no added sugar, and no thickening agents.

The Classic

The Classic flavor has a mild soy sauce flavor and smell, not very salty, with a very subtle spicy tingle in the back of your throat. That spiciness comes from the guajillo and pasilla chile spices that they sprinkle on.

The beef flavor is still very evident, and there's a slight taste of beef fat.

Pepper Grinder

Pepper Grinder is the same as The Classic, but with ground pepper corns sprinkled on. There's a pretty good amount of pepper there, but not overdone like on some other brands.

It has a very peppery flavor that balances out the soy sauce, and as to be expected, has a medium-degree of spiciness.

Green Light Beef Jerky Pepper Grinder
PRD (Prime Rib Dinner)

There was a clear scent of thyme when I opened the package of PRD and took a whiff. That's because it's flavored with thyme and horseradish, to emulate eating a cut of prime rib.

And you can definitely taste the thyme and see the pieces of thyme seasoning also.

As for the horseradish, I don't really taste much of it, probably because the thyme seems to overpower it. You figure with horseradish, this variety of jerky will be spicy, but it's not. It's quite mild.

Product Value

Green Light's jerky offerings are priced on the high side, at $10.00 for a 4oz bag, or $5.00 for a 2oz bag. That works out to $2.50 per ounce. Compare that to the $1.00 per ounce average for the garden-variety brands out there. But then again, you're getting a higher quality product here.

My Thoughts

If you consider yourself a beef-jerky afficionado, you'll appreciate the quality and taste of Green Light as I have. The high price-point takes this brand out of the realm of general purpose snacking, but for those times when I want to sit in my back patio and listen to the birds, a 2oz bag of Green Light makes a great companion.

While my personal preference is jerky more moist and sliced a little more thick than Green Light, I still enjoyed sampling these varieties for this review. The "Classic" variety is quite tastier than the regular flavors of other brands.

Visit Green Light Beef Jerky online...
http://www.greenlightjerky.com

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Green Light Jerky's beef jerky is definitely one of a kind. I've been recommended to them by a friend and I've tasted their flavors and it's quite amazing how the quality is top notch using no MSG, nitrates, etc... It feels healthier than the oily ones you find out in the market.

I'm hooked on "The Classic", "PRD", and "Pepper Grinder". If you haven't tried it I recommend getting their Sample Pack.

Dean on 3/27/2008 02:51:00 PM said...

Green Light Jerky is great! I agree with a lot of your comments, and there are 2 things I especially like about GLJ:
1. I love the fact that it is all natural and doesn't contain MSG and all that other stuff.
2. As a foodie I love both the choice of flavors and the complexity of the flavors! There is nothing "simple" about these flavors!

Coming from a background in Louisiana where thick butcher store jerky is prevalent, I really like the change of pace that GLJ offers!

Anonymous said...

As a disclosure, I am a paid member of the Green Light Jerky Junkies Club (I get discounted flavors sent to me every month), so I obviously already am a fan of the product.

What I like about Green Light's Jerky is that it's not an overly sweet, artifically flavored, unhealthy product. The ingredients are all-natural.

Additionally, while I was not accustomed to jerky this dry at first, it's really grown on me. The flavors of the jerky really release as you chew it, and continue to linger even after you've swallowed it.

The best endorsement I can give is that I can rarely open a bag without finishing it before I put it down. If you don't live in the SF Bay Area, you probably haven't heard of these guys yet, but trust me... you will soon.

Sal on 3/27/2008 03:03:00 PM said...

I've really enjoyed the Pepper Grinder. Other jerkies aren't as consistent as Green Light's Pepper Grinder.

The PRD is nice because I'm not a big fan of gobs of horseradish on my prime rib so a subtle taste is all it needs. Very tasty.

I also really enjoy the the other spicy flavors as well as the Garlic Parmesan jerky.

Anonymous said...

Hey, I've got to say that Green Light hits a perfect balance of moist and chewy. And it's got the best flavor out there! Sure, it might be more expensive, but it's a high quality meat.

If you want more something more moist, stick to those greasy shoe laces called "Slim Jims" cause Green Lights' got the real deal.

innazim on 3/27/2008 03:07:00 PM said...

I'm a fan of Green Light Jerky too. Very high quality stuff, and a good variety of flavors for people with different tastes. Glad to see your detailed, positive writeup. mmmmm.

Miss B said...

I LOVE GREEN LIGHT JERKY! Customarily, I do not eat beef, but this jerky hits the spot for a satisfying snack every time. I gave my trainer (also my nutrition advisor) a couple of bags for Christmas, and he became a fan immediately as well. My natural tendency is to snack on carbs and nuts (which tend to be high fat). My trainer wants me shift towards high protein/low fat snacks and has encouraged me eat Green Light Jerky to do so! YUMMY!
Becky W
San Jose, CA

GCU of paradox on 3/27/2008 03:13:00 PM said...

It's nice to see that my favorite Jerky is starting to reach the masses. I really love this stuff; prior to eating Green Light's product, I never liked jerky. I really appreciate the quality of their jerky and that they pride themselves on using all natural ingredients w/o adding refined sugar and other artificial crap (unlike that convenient store jerky that feels like you are eating a meat flavored starburst). Green Light Jerky has just the right texture and bite that let's you enjoy the more complex flavors of their jerky. I am really looking forward to the re-introduction of their more exotic flavors back into the line. As far as I understand, they cycle through some special featured flavors outside of "The Classic", "Pepper Grinder" and "A Bit Spicy". I work in the town where this company is based, and I've had the fortune of having the opportunity to try "Vodka Onion" and "Garlic Parmesan", which are my two favorites. Parmesan in jerky, you say? Yup, I said it. It's delectable. GO GREEN LIGHT!

MK the Owner said...

Steve,

Thank you for the review. I appreciate it much. I'll be glad to answer any questions if there are any.

Miss B said...

I LOVE GREEN LIGHT JERKY! Customarily, I do not eat beef, but this jerky hits the spot for a satisfying snack every time. I gave my trainer (also my nutrition advisor) a couple of bags for Christmas, and he became a fan immediately as well. My natural tendency is to snack on carbs and nuts (which tend to be high fat). My trainer wants me shift towards high protein/low fat snacks and has encouraged me eat Green Light Jerky to do so! YUMMY!
Becky W
San Jose, CA

Adam said...

20 oz of Jerky and 40 oz of another close friend sounds great! But, for real sweet post, as a jerky fan I'll have to check it out. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

a friend of mine gave me some samples of this and it was way to dry and all the flavors taste like soy sauce, Im glad I didnt actually pay for it

olivierlalin on 5/01/2008 01:51:00 PM said...

boy, i miss those - None to be seen in Paris

Anonymous said...

This stuff is the beest!!! The guy who founded the company really seems down to earth and puts alot of effort into making it the best!

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