It would have been much easier to review Fusion Jerky if they didn’t offer this artisan jerky in eight delicious flavors. You will find beef, chicken, turkey, and pork, in flavor combinations that will tempt your taste buds in ways that plain jerky never has. And it’s all done without artificial ingredients, preservatives, or gluten. This is my kind of snack for sure.
As much as I would have loved to eat all eight packs on my own, this is the sort of review where it’s best to share. So that’s what I did. Over the course of two weeks, I shared one flavor per day with my friends at work. This meant we got all sorts of opinions, so I took the best comments on each flavor, and shared below.
Chipotle Lime Beef: This came off as a mix of Mexican and Asian flavors. Spicy, a bit tangy, and more than one person said it reminded them of a good bowl of pho, minus the noodles.
Island Teriyaki Pork: Again, there is a clear Asian influence, but the flavors are light, with a teriyaki that isn’t as sweet as some fare can be. Maybe it’s the real sugar in place of corn syrup, but the consensus seems to be that it puts most restaurants to shame.
Basil Citrus Beef: A true winner, both main flavors come through clean and clear. And they complement each other very well. One of the overall favorites.
Rosemary Citrus Turkey: Rosemary may be one of the most under-rated spices, but it is one that I really like. Combined with the citrus, this jerky has a light and fresh flavor. It was noted that the citrus was a the stronger of the two flavors, but not in a bad way.
Basil Citrus Chicken: Like the beef, but since it is made with chicken, the flavors stand out on their own a bit more, with basil winning out over the citrus by a small margin.
Chili Basil Turkey: Another great choice if you want to heat things up a bit, there is a balance to the mix of spices that makes this one of the more complex flavors.
Garlic Jalapeno Pork: The boldest flavor yet. Hard to go wrong with garlic, jalapeno, and cilantro all in one snack. It’s as though someone took the best of India, Asia, and Southwest cooking, and put it all in one place, to make your mouth happy.
Lemon Pepper Chicken: This puts the dish by the same name to shame. Both main flavors are distinct with very little to distract you from either. If you’re a fan of lemon pepper, this will take you by surprise, it is just that good.
As we had our snack each day, some things became clear. All Fusion Jerky flavors had a crisp, fresh profile. It was more like a meal that had been made right in front of you, using only garden-fresh ingredients. There was not so much as a hint of the odd flavor that doesn’t belong, which is due to the lack of anything artificial. And the Asian influence is so strong that nearly all testers had to comment that one flavor or another reminded them of their favorite restaurant or meal, only better. As far as texture, the beef was soft and easy to chew. While it is hard to make dried turkey, chicken, and pork jerky that is as tender as beef, it was still pleasant too.
Fusion Jerky is in a class by itself. There is a lot of artisan jerky out there (and we hope to try them all), but this is one brand that offers something truly unique, and worthwhile. On their site, they state “Fusion Jerky offers a taste and texture experience unlike anything else.” I have to agree with that. Each bite was a low fat treat for my taste buds. This is the kind of snack you can enjoy guilt-free, any time. If you want to try Fusion Jerky yourself, head over to their website for more info: fusionjerky.com
I’d like to thank Fusion Jerky for being so kind and sending us the samples we used for this review.