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Hey there! Welcome back to my blog for another keto product review! If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I’m smack-dab in the middle of a 12 Week Clean-Up challenge, where I spend 6 days a week at the gym and have cut a load of crap out of my diet. Yes, even with keto-friendly products, you can still find ingredients that will make you feel, well, sub-par (looking at you, maltitol and aspartame). So I’ve omitted diet sodas and poorly made foods from my diet (at least for a little while) to combat some of the effects that the corona quarantine had on me this Spring.

Today’s review is for a company that actually reached out to me at the perfect time–right as I was beginning to work out again–to see if I’d review their products and let the world know how I feel. And I told them when they messaged me that this is the best meat I’ve ever found in my message requests ? and after trying the stuff they sent me, I still stand by that! Pretty soon, I plan to aggregate some of the review data from this year so you guys can see my fav products ranked on a scale of 1-10. So keep your eyes peeled! This one will be close to the top of my list!

In the meantime, let’s get into it.

Who is Stryve?

While Stryve doesn’t really have an “About Us” page on their website, they do have an informational page about Biltong and why it’s so cool. If you don’t know about biltong, no, it’s not jerky. According to the Stryve website, “Biltong is a process for preserving meat that originated centuries ago in South Africa. Stryve Biltong is 100% beef with no sugar, MSG, gluten, nitrates or preservatives. All-natural. All flavorful. Always air-dried to lock in flavor and nutrients. And – biltong has more protein in every bite than jerky.” All of Stryve’s biltong components come together in the USA; nothing is outsourced, so that’s really cool!

The only thing I can find about the people behind the brand are that the founder/CEO (ahem, CBO AKA Chief Biltong Officer) is a man from South Africa named Warren Pala and that the team produces their product in a gargantuan facility in Madill, OK. Warren has been eating biltong his entire life and is now sharing his recipes in the form of this kick-ass product. While this page technically checks the box of “about us,” I’m still wanting a little more. I like to connect with companies based on shared ideals and philanthropic efforts, too. I like learning about all members of the team (though they did include a really nice pic of everyone at the end) and how they’re collectively working to make a difference. I definitely don’t have bad feelings about this page, but there’s absolutely some room to grow.

Products Reviewed

Trying these flavors was my introduction to biltong, and after this experience, I don’t think I’ll ever go back to traditional jerky. This is more tender than jerky (AKA I won’t get lockjaw from eating more than 2 pieces…………. keep your jokes to yourselves) and I really love how thin Stryve slices these pieces. The shaved texture of this biltong makes it easy to grab a pinch or two at a time, so I’m also thinking it would be a good idea to add these to a charcuterie board later.

Listen, I go hard in the charcuterie supplies. It’s always good to have some extras on-hand.

Anyways, aside from the texture of these, my fav part is the macros. They’re pretty identical (at least in the three flavors I tried so far) per flavor, which takes some of the guesswork out of remembering macros later. Also, each bag of these bad boys has 36g protein. ? Honestly, fuck a protein shake. These are what I want to have post-workout now. And at less than 200cal, I’m super happy about adding these into my day.

Original

Per bag: 190 Cal, 5g fat, 1g carbs, 36g protein

Thoughts: This is the first flavor I tried, and hot damn I loved it. Don’t let the “original” name fool you-this is anything but boring. It’s a peppery and hearty and just a little salty. If you’ve never had biltong before, or you just don’t prefer food that’s spicy, then I recommend this flavor as your first try.

Get it here: https://amzn.to/3akm4iH 

Hickory

Per serving: 190 cal, 5g fat, 1g carbs, 36g protein

Thoughts: This one is good, but for some reason, it leaves me wanting more. I’m thinking it’s because the hickory flavor is so close to BBQ, my brain just wants the flavor to go all the way. But regardless, I do like this flavor, it’s just my last pick of the box because of that cognitive dissonance.

Get it here: https://amzn.to/3izFDGK 

Spicy Peri Peri

Per bag: 190 cal, 5g fat, 1g carbs, 36g protein

Thoughts: When I first tried this flavor, I thought, damn, this is the first spicy meat snack that I’ve genuinely liked. And there’s no lie on the heat factor. The person who responds to Stryve’s IG DMs told me it would sneak up on me… and sneak up, it did. I can only eat about half a bag of these before I have to tap out because my nose is running, but by that point, I’m also very satisfied with the portion I’ve eaten. This is 100% my fav flavor from the box and I will be ordering these later.

Get it here: https://amzn.to/30MiTx4 

Website bonus content you should see

Something really cool about Stryve is that they give you the option to purchase whole biltong slabs, so you can slice it yourself, or purchase their products in a variety of sizes. And I don’t think the slabs are that expensive, either! For about $20, you can get your own slab and cut it to your desired thickness. And like I said before, this would be so good as a charcuterie board piece. The only catch is the slab is only sold in the original flavor.
Here’s a link to the biltong slab: https://stryve.com/collections/online-products/products/original-uncut-biltong-slab

There are some other flavors in their shop that I haven’t tried yet but that I will be ordering in the future, and those flavors are teriyaki, mesquite BBQ, and zesty garlic. I know what you’re thinking… Autumn, didn’t you want the hickory to taste more like BBQ? Well, yes, I did. And I’m going to buy a bag of the BBQ flavor and update this later so y’all can see if that desire was a good one or not.
Zesty Garlic: https://amzn.to/2PIPb5K
Mesquite BBQ: https://amzn.to/2XRIIK4
Teriyaki: https://amzn.to/3ag3mZy

Finally, if sliced biltong isn’t your thing, Stryve also offers beef biltong sticks, which are similar to Slim Jims (but no doubt better quality and probably tastier).
Here’s a link to the beef sticks, which are super fairly priced, IMO: https://amzn.to/2PNE77i 

I also want to give a HUGE shoutout to the folks at Stryve for using the accessiBe plugin, which is an incredible tool for user accessibility on their website. If you don’t work in web design/marketing, this may not seem like a huge deal to you. But web accessibility is an all-too-commonly neglected area of design and I really appreciate the thoughtfulness of the company and their commitment to compliance.

RKF Product Score

Taste: 9/10

Really, really, really good. -1 for the hickory flavor (comments above), but that’s just probably me being picky. You might feel differently.

Availability: 8/10

You can find these on the Stryve website, on Amazon, from a couple of online grocers, and it’s also eligible for next day delivery through Walmart.com! The only way this could be improved, IMO, is by placing the product in convenience stores across the U.S. I would love to pick this up instead of the trashy gas station snacks I usually buy on road trips.

Necessity: 6/10

You don’t need biltong to start keto. You do need to meet your protein macro, and that’s an area people really struggle with at the beginning. Also, post-workout, you need a clean protein source to keep your muscle gains. For those reasons, I’m giving the “need” factor a little higher of a score.

Cost: 8/10

Not bad compared to competitors, super fair for the industry. The cost is higher than my $1/100cal goal, so I’m deducting two points for that. If the retail price could be cut by 10% I’d give this a 10/10.

Quality: 10/10

I’m only eating good quality foods right now, so this has been a trend lately. Nonetheless, no improvements to be made here.

Branding: 10/10

CUTE AF and I loved the stickers that came with the bags they sent me. I like that the product packages match the website and their social content. Really easy to recognize their brand in a lineup of competitors and I’d give bonus points if I could for the accessibility plugin on their site. A++++

Bottom line: 8.5/10 HIGHLY Recommend

Ready to try for yourself?

Amazon has a variety pack of four flavors that’ll give you a little taste of what I talked about today: https://amzn.to/2XRIIK4 

Here’s another link to their website if you want to do some more research for yourself: https://stryve.com/

I really hope you like these! Ready for another product review, but don’t see it listed on my blog? Drop a comment below and let me know what I should try next!

Until next time,

<3 RKF