What can I say? I came across this bag of Jack Links Mahalo Teriyaki beef jerky in a 7-eleven in Portland, Oregon a while ago, and finally got around to rippin’ it open today. It was a long wait, but well worth it. It’s no secret that I love beef jerky, but I really love this stuff.
I’m not sure if it was the blue packaging or the unique name. Mahalo. Maybe it was the fact that I was in 7-eleven and just wasn’t expecting to see such a variety. In any case, it jumped out at me and i knew right away that i had to buy it. So that’s what I did.
As I took my first bite my reaction was “wow this is super tasty”. It’s nice and sweet with a real taste of Hawaii. Is there pineapple in mahalo teriyaki? I’m not sure because the ingredients just say flavors and has no mention of pineapple. It think it does though, because it has a real Polynesian taste. I’ve been to Hawaii before, and as soon as I tried this jerky it brought back memories of teriyaki that I had there at a luau. Those were good times, but that for another day.
There are many different types of teriyaki, but it is my belief that an authentic teriyaki should, at a bare minimum, have some pineapple in it.
Hanging on the racks were different size bags available, and for some reason or another I opted for the smaller 1.25oz bag. Which of course means smaller pieces. Smaller bag means smaller pieces That was the only real annoyance. I prefer bigger pieces of beef jerky.
Lucky for me while I was there I was able to grab a couple of other bags of the 7-Select style Jerky. I grabbed a bag of the brown sugar bourbon and one of bold black pepper. I can’t wait to give them a try. Stay tuned for the write up.
So would I buy it again? The answer is a resounding yes. Good job Jack Links. Teriyaki Mahalo is another one of my favorites. I just wish I bought a bigger bag.