Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Stick in a Box Beef Jerky September 2014 Review Plus $20 off Coupon!

Enter Stick in a Box, the subscription box to end all your cravings and suck you into a vortex of complete and utter awesome.  Yes, it's beef jerky.  But it's not beef jerky like you're thinking.  This is RIDICULOUSLY amazing beef jerky.
Oh, right.  The box.  Yes, it's a subscription box.  And inside is the next best thing to heaven for a carnivore.  Or omnivore.  This is the September 2014 Stick in a Box.
Stick in a Box sends beef jerky packages right to your door.  They find small batch, fun and interesting jerkys, along with some big name brands tested for beefy goodness.  You'll get at least three bags of jerky in each box plus as many sticks and slabs as can fit without the box exploding.  This box was kindly provided to me by Stick in a Box for review purposes.

The Cost; $35/monthly to $25/mo with a year sub.

What You Get: At least 3 bags of jerky plus sticks and slabs from both name brands, and small batch companies, in traditional and out of this world flavors.

I'm trying to write this post when all I want to do is eat the entire bag of the jerky that is sitting next to me.  I'm supposed to be sharing this with my husband.  It might not happen.

The Stick in a Box website is pretty hilarious.  The innuendo is a little over the top and I suggest you check out the website just because.  The owners are way too much fun and you'll probably just want to subscribe to support some funny guys doing what they love with their favorite meat.
Chef's Cut Real Steak Jerky-2.5oz- This premium steak jerky is made with Certified Angus Beef®. This is jerky that melts in your mouth.  It is soft, tender and very flavorful.  There is not nearly enough in this bag.  I mean, there's enough for me.  But not to share.  I might hoard this, it's so delicious.  It's like marshmallows made out of meat.  Only better.
Value: $10
People's Choice Beef Jerky in Carne Seca Limon con Chile-2.5oz- So just when I think I've just eaten the best jerky of my life, I try this.  It's like riding a Harley through a tunnel at full throttle.  Yes, this jerky has the flavor to beat all flavors.  I didn't know lemon and chili powder could make the perfect jerky threesome.

Peoples Choice uses thinly sliced, whole cuts of beef then marinates that with lemon juice powder and an all-natural spice blend featuring cracked red pepper and guajillo chili powder. Then the meat is slow-cooked for a minimum of two and a half hours.
Initial kick of heat from cracked red pepper blends into the richness of guajillo chili powder, cracked black pepper, and sea salt and finishes with a touch of lemon.

This is all natural with no preservatives.  It doesn't need preservatives because really, how long is it going to last?  I'm already full and can't stop sneaking bites.  But the flavor of this jerky is unreal. There's a hint of a burn from the chili but I just can't get over how good it tastes.  Even the aftertaste is like heaven.  This jerky is much drier than I prefer but it tastes so good, I forgive it.
Value: $5
Peoples Choice Limited Edition Sriracha Beef Jerky-2.5oz-  This is a handmade, small batch jerky by the same people that did the Limon con Chili.  Normally I would prefer to see a different brand but with a Limited Edition, ridiculously fun flavor like Sriracha, I am not complaining in the slightest.

Whole cuts of beef are sliced, slathered with Sriracha sauce, and then slow-cooked. The flavors that make Sriracha so special are highlighted in the flavor profile of this jerky - slight tanginess, subtle sweetness, and a kick of residual heat.

I am not going to eat this because I can't stand sriracha.  Hubs loves it forever so he's going to give me his verdict on this particular flavor.  He says it's delicious and has the right amount of spice but it doesn't taste too sriracha-y.  I asked if that was good or bad and he said neither because the beef jerky was good no matter what.  Then he ate the rest of the bag.  Pretty sure that means he likes it.
Wenzel's Farm Sausage Beef Stick-2oz- It says these are made of beef and it doesn't say anything about added guts so I guess these are not grossing me out too much.  Maybe?  Of course, I loved the Oberto pepperoni sticks.  Until I saw they were made with pork hearts.  I just can't buy them anymore because I don't want to KNOW I'm eating a pork heart.  I didn't mind eating them while I didn't know but now...  /sigh
I tried this and it's decent.  It tastes like beef which is good and has a lightly smokey flavor.  I think the problem is that I tried the Old World Meats one first (see below).
Value: $3

Wenzels Farm Sausage Honey Ham Sticks-2oz- This is a ham stick and is made with fresh ham and honey.  This company has been around for a hundred years!  I live on the West Coast and I've never heard of them but they appear to be very popular in the midwest.
Value: $3
Wrazidlo's Old World Meats Snack Stick in Garlic-1oz- Aha!  Now these I can eat! All natural, no hormones, no antibiotics, locally bred and humanely treated meat is used for these.  Old World Meats is a family operation that started in 1930.  We don't have these where I live either although I believe they are going to start selling them on Amazon.  So if I like these (how could I not, garlic is delicious), at least I'll have somewhere to be able to buy them.
Value: $2?

Wrazidlo's Old World Meats Snack Stick in Original-1oz- I'm actually anxious to be hungry again so that I can eat this.  I do love snack sticks like this which would probably horrify my mother.  I can't help it, though.  I got it from my dad's side of the family.
I decided not to wait until I was hungry.  This is delicious! It got some spice in it but its mild and flavorful.  No weird hard bits in it either.  Too bad we don't have this brand around here.
Value: $2?

VERDICT: Wow!  Stick in a Box allowed me to try some amazing beef jerky and while I prefer that over the sticks, the Old World Meats stick was quite good.  If I had to pick a favorite item...  I don't know if I could.  The jerkys were so different from each other that it's not really fair to compare them. I preferred the texture of the Chef's Cut and the flavor of the People's Choice Limon con Chile.  Of the sticks, definitely prefer the Old World Meats one by far.  Just for the flavor.  The texture on both the Old World and the Wenzels was just fine.
I guessed on some of the prices here and came up with a value of $30 for this box. The monthly price is $35 and it's possible I misjudged some of the products I couldn't find prices for (the Sriracha jerky and all of the sticks had no prices that I could find). However, I would say that the opportunity to try some of these jerkys and sticks make up for that.
I have found with food boxes, you should expect to get at least the value of the box. Something about food just makes it more difficult to get a great deal in a box.

One thing I do have to note is that Stick in the Box would make a fantastic gift. Especially for my dad, who loves beef jerky SO much!  I'm not sure that they have gift subscriptions up yet but I hope they do it.  It would be pretty nice to buy a 3 month sub for my dad as a Christmas gift, that's for sure.

If you would like to check out a Stick in a Box box for yourself, sign up here and use the code BFF to get your first box for ONLY $15!!

Now that is a deal you shouldn't even try to resist.  Seriously.  Do it.  If you like jerky, paying $15 for a box of awesome to be delivered to your door should be a dream come true.

*This box was provided to me by Stick in a Box for review purposes.  All opinions are mine (except the ones that are my husbands).


  1. Oh I looove beef jerky! I'm sad the sriracha one didn't taste sriracha-y. That would've been the one I'd be most excited about. I know exactly what you mean with the Oberto sticks! Now I'm always reading the ingredient list of every beef stick I see. But I noticed lately that the cocktail peps only say "beef." Maybe they don't use organs anymore. Or they just don't specify beef what. Haa, I make like it's gross I'm sure I eat yuckier things on the daily. Hello, vienna sausage and luncheon meat!

    1. I couldn't tell if he was saying that to get me to try it or not (he knows I hate sriracha) but since it's gone now, it doesn't matter. I ate all the Chefs Cut... :*) It was excellent. I don't know if they're allowed to say beef if it includes non meaty substances but I can't remember the rules. If it says Kosher, I know its good (Hebrew National hot dogs are my FAVE!) but obviously not everyone is going to go get a rabbi for that.