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A Review of Tong Steak Jerky

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A Little About Tong

The company claims that they were inspired by a trip to South Africa where the chefs had a chance to experience biltong, which is a traditional cured meat. This technique was combined with the American practices of manufacturing jerky and Tong was created.

Biltong, according to online resources, is an African cured meat that is often made from local wild game, cut a certain way and dired.

The word is Dutch in origin: bil (buttock) and tong (tounge or strip) - according to Wikipedia.

The company seems to be fairly new, having started in 2010 by two college students from Los Angeles.

It's pretty good jerky overall. My personal favorites are the Original and the Salt and Pepper.

Original Salt and Pepper

Overall Rating: 9.5

One of the best jerkies I've tasted. The meat was just tender enough and the peppered flakes were full of flavor. The right amount of sweetness and heat.

Delicious slices of rich, smoky steak, seasoned with the right spices. Large peppercorns adorn the meaty chunks which easily break off and melt in your mouth.

My mouth was pleasantly on fire and the brown sugar provided an energetic relief. You can taste the work that went into this sample and I found myself wondering how I could replicate it.

It is probably one of the better jerkies - of any flavor - that I have enjoyed in a long time. My favorite of the Tong series.

Honey Pepper

Overall Rating: 8

This jerky was pretty good with a light kind of syrupy sweet taste. A little spicy as well with large peppercorns.

The meat was moist and seemed to have a unique texture.

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Of the other samples, I think this was my least favorite, but it was still pretty delicious.

Pleasant aroma - you can detect the honey - and the meat pulls apart in little fragments. If you like your jerky on the moist side, this is a sure bet.

The spice isn't overwhelming, so if you like a milder jerky, then this is a sure bet for you.

The sweetness is subtle and a bit herby.

An all right sample.

The Flavors


Original Salt & Pepper





Adorned with spicy peppercorns that break off in delicious chunks. Sweet smoky and brown sugar flavor. Perfect tenderness/texture.

Honey Pepper





Nice smoky flavor, and I like the peppercorns. The honey flavor was a bit subtle. A little sweet in a way that reminded me of cloves.

Classic Recipe





Very delicious. Just moist enough to taste authentic. Good smoky flavor, Like real steak.

Siracha Style BBQ






Classic Recipe

Overall Rating: 8.5

One of the better regular jerkies I've tasted in awhile. The meat was just moist enough, but held together well.

The pieces broke off like real slivers of steak. Rich smoky flavors and just enough sense of spice to fill your mouth with pleasant sensations.

The jerky was very good and filling and satisfied my appetite for lunch. Appealing aroma, not messy and the slices were cut just right.


Tong Jerky site:

  • TONG! Jerky – Tong Jerky
    TONG! Jerky offers all-natural steak jerky. Our jerky is low in calories and a great source of protein. 100% USDA Premium Steak Jerky.

Siracha Style BBQ

Review Coming soon....

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