Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Remington Trail Steaks!

When we decided we were going to review Remington Trail steaks line of beef jerky snacks, we decided we were going to have to be more manly than usual to get through this one. Some readers may find that ridiculous because we're already the epitome of manliness. We practically ooze it. However, we knew that we needed to step up our game. That's why we took the jerky, donned as much flannel as we could, grew out our beards a little more, grabbed the hound dog, and headed into the wilderness. Did we just walk into the woods behind our house? Hell no. We hiked 20 miles into the white mountains with temperatures hovering around freezing, before we even decided to start scouting for locations to do the photo shoot. When we finally found a spot, we immediately bare knuckle boxed a grizzly bear we met on the trail, shared a bottle of whiskey, and then we began reviewing some Jerky!

We should be the cast of a wilderness survival show. 
I know what you're saying. Remington? THE Remington? Making beef jerky snacks? The answer is yes! Remington, a household name in firearms since they started in upstate New York in 1816, have long been known as makers of rifles & shotguns, as well as a plethora of accessories like ammo and clothing. Now they have decided to help their customers in another way, keeping them fueled with delicious meat snacks while they are doing their favorite outdoor activities! 

Since we decided to try every single flavor they offer, Josh snagged a bag of Sweet & Spicy Beef Jerky to get the party started. Irwin decided to help him out with the review. 

A peppery aroma greeted our noses after slashing the bag open with a huge pocket knife. 
That's a nice lookin' slab o' meat. 
The bag was filled with thick, giant chunks of jerky that looked like they had been sawed off the side of some animal just days before. 

Spoons? Forks? We only eat with huge knives! 
First off you're hit with the spices that are on the outside of the jerky, which are heavy in pepper. Then once you start chewing it up you get the sweetness, followed by a steady burn that never gets too bad. Great tasting jerky, big, solid chunks, and lots of it. You can't ask for much more than that! 

Irwin takes what he wants!

In the end Irwin ended up getting a piece too.  His review wouldn't count though, because if it's food, he loves it. 

Just then a quiet comes over the forest.  The Fatguyfoodblog crew are no longer alone. With no other weapons at hand, Rich draws a hatchet and scans the treeline for movement...

Then he sees it...his prey peeking from behind an ancient pine tree...

Without a moments notice, Rich lets the hatchet fly like Thor himself wielding mighty Mjolnir! 

What a shot! That bag of Remington Trail Steaks Honey BBQ beef jerky never stood a chance! 

This jerky was fantastic. It was mostly in smaller chunks, but it was very soft and bursting with flavor. The honey was very apparent, and it hits you with a blast of sweetness and then the bold BBQ flavor sneaks up on the back end. This was some of the most tender jerky we've ever had! Very, very good. 

Next up was the Hunters Sausage...

First thing you might notice about these is that unlike the bags of jerky, these do not reseal. There's no zip lock strip to close it up. So you'd better be ready to eat all four Hunters Sausages, unless you have another baggie you can toss the leftovers in. 

You have to be intense when you're in the deep wilderness. 
These Hunters Sausages were quite delicious. They kind of taste like a Slim Jim, but if someone said, "Hey, I want to make a snack that's like a Slim Jim, but with higher quality ingredients and not gross." They are big, moist, they snap when you bite into them, and they have a great flavor. They are tangy, almost have a faint buffalo taste and they leave you with a very faint, pleasant spiciness on your tongue. 

Mike liked them so much that he decided that he would use one as bait in his next trap. He sharpened that stick in record time and in just a few moments had fashioned a trap using nothing but what mother nature had provided. But as any great trapper knows, these things take patience, so he suggested we review some others and then come back to his trap...

So next up was the Hot & Spicy Hunters Sausage. These ones were different than the previous ones. These DID come in a resealable bag but weren't nearly as good. They are much more dry, and tough. Also the scent of them was alarming because they smell VERY spicy. 

Smells like fire!
As manly as the Fatguyfoodblog crew is, none of us really enjoy foods that are extremely hot. I know it's tough to believe. You'd think that we pour bottles of hot sauce on everything we eat just for grins, but that's not how it goes. We enjoy flavors. If something has a great flavor and a little spice to go along, no big deal. But just heat with no flavor? Not interested. 

Now these Hot & Spicy Hunters Sausages did have lots of flavor, but the spice level was a bit too high for us to enjoy them fully. I think that if you're someone who really likes hot meat snacks, these will definitely be high up on your list. 

One thing I will say about these is that the art on the bag is AMAZING. So amazing that if I could get it blown up, I'd hang it on my wall in a frame made from the antlers of an 8 point buck. It looks like something that you'd find on the wall of an old hunting cabin in the wilderness of Alaska. 

Next up, we tore open a bag of Teriyaki Hunters Sausage! 

Similar to the last ones, but these were chock full of Teriyaki flavor! I found that if I ate a bunch they got a little salty but other than that, the taste is excellent. It's almost as if they used sticks of beef teriyaki from your favorite Chinese restaurant to make these! 

Just then our trusty hound let loose with a howl. Mikes trap had been sprung!

A bag of Maple Flavored Smoked Turkey Jerky was our prize! Mike decided that it needed to be field dressed right then, to ensure freshness while Josh and Irwin watched on...

The Smoked Turkey Jerky definitely looked...strange. It's a flesh colored. Almost what I imagine it would look like if you could melt human skin. It feels very rubbery, and that just adds to the weirdness. 

This thing is alien to Mountain Man Mike. 
However, as weird as it looks, it tastes pretty great! It has a strong sweet maple flavor that sticks around the entire time you are chewing it up and the texture gets lots better after your first few bites.

After the initial weirdness of its looks, it's real good! 
Once we got over the weirdness of how it looks, we definitely enjoyed it. Would be very interested in seeing some other flavors of the turkey jerky. Perhaps a smoky chipotle? Maybe mix some sort of fruit flavoring into a seasoning? Cranberry spice turkey jerky? I could see that working out. 

"Did you guys forget someone?"
In the end I have to say overall we enjoyed most of the snacks offered in the line of Remington Trail Steaks. 
Some were a little too hot for our tastes, but others, like the Honey BBQ and Teriyaki were absolutely delicious. So the next time you sling your trusty Remington rifle over your shoulder, and head into the wilderness for a day of hunting, be sure to stuff your pack with Remington Trail Steaks. They will keep you going all day long! 

For more information on Remington products, check out their website! 

Here's a commercial Rich made where he apparently pretends to be a character named Tex, obviously some sort of outdoorsman. Thought some of you might get a kick out of it. 

Finally, we'd like to end this post with an award winning photo. Irwin wearing a cowboy hat. See you next time, Fatguyfoodblog readers!

A true man of the wilderness if there ever was one.


  1. I don't eat meat, but this is my favorite review on your site. And that Irwin--what a cutie!

    1. Thanks! Irwin loves being a part of it, especially when he is able to trick us into sharing with him!

  2. Spoons? Forks? An outdoorsman knows nothing of these things....

    1. It's true! That's what hands are for, and if they don't work, only a well sharpened blade will do!

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    1. Haha thanks Bekah! Appreciate you taking a look!

  4. Rich.. I mean Tex... You could totally do voice overs for Dodge Ram Truck commercials. I half expected one to jump out of the woods there.

    1. Haha thanks Scotty. I'll gladly be Tex in any commercial!

  5. We just lost our basset hound in November and the picture at the end made my day. Or my month. Or possibly my year.

  6. I've been on your site for almost an hour now. Loving this blog.

  7. the BEST jerky you'll ever have is a brand called Krave. My faves are sweet chipotle beef jerky and a basil citrus turkey jerky. Makes stuff from a gas station taste like shit.