Righteous Felon Jerky Cartel’s Victorious B.I.G. Beef Jerky

D026EE92-39EA-4319-A698-73CABAC3AF54Righteous Felon crafts a whole lot of jerky. But I sank my teeth into their Victorious B.I.G. because I needed to know what beer infused jerky tasted like. This one’s a collaboration with Pennsylvania’s Victory Brewing Company, using their Storm King Imperial Stout to infuse this jerky. So this collaboration is all PA, and it feels like a match made in beer and beef heaven.

That taste you get when you use a good dark beer in a marinade or stew? Right here. That lovely smooth umami filled my mouth the moment I bit into a piece. Hell, as soon as I opened the bag that deep delicious smell hit me. And I loved it.

As for the spices and such? B.I.G. isn’t overly salty, as so many jerky products can be. Instead, the flavor here hits you when the chewing starts. A smokey, hickory, beefy hit. Black pepper is here too, but first and foremost? BEEF. Delicious, delicious beef. Satisfying, and dare I say comforting? I dare, I dare. This jerky is robust, yet easy to chew. Soft but substantive. It’s set the bar for what I expect jerky to be from now on.

B.I.G. is perfect for eating right out of the bag, but with the mellow flavor profile of this jerky it blends well with cheese, fruit, and all the usual appetizer nosh. While I’d recommend a stout with this jerky – keeping the flavors in the family – a red wine wouldn’t be a bad pairing either. Or pack it for your next day hike; the packet is nice and solid, so it won’t rip amongst the rest of your gear.

Denise Kitashima Dutton

Denise Kitashima Dutton has been a reviewer since 2003, and hopes to get the hang of things any moment now. She believes that bluegrass is not hell in music form, and that beer is better when it's a nitro pour. Besides GMR, you can find her at Atomic Fangirl, Movie-Blogger.com, or at that end seat at the bar, multi-tasking with her Kindle.

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