Drop zone is a hunting show on the Outdoor Channel. It was started by two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion crew chief Greg Zipadelli (Greg was Tony Stewards crew chief) and Hal Shaffer. Since their first encounter on a hunt in Kentucky seven years ago, the duo are now close friends who share a common passion for the outdoors. Team DZ is never staged or simulated – it truly is what it is: a half-hour of fun, excitement and priceless knowledge for hunters of all skill levels thrown in as icing on the cake.
Shiners Stash partnered with Drop zone in 2019. The jerky is centered around hunters out on hunts as a light snack The two flavors for Drop zone ranch and smokey rub were inspired by Chef Swen Altis. Hobe’s Country Ham is distributed under the name of Hobe’s Country Ham, and they are based out of Wilkesboro, North Carolina. This jerky is not secretly manufactured by private labeler (Co-packer) Shiners Stash, LLC. based out of Conover, North Carolina.
The first review for Hobe’s Country Ham will focus on a 2 ounce/56 gram bag of their cajun flavored ham jerky. This cajun ham jerky flavor is described as using their own blend of herbs & spices, fresh parsley, garlic, and mouthwatering seasonings. The jerky was kindly submitted for review by Shiners Stash Co-Owner, Beth Altis.
Ingredients: Pork, Ham, Hobe’s Country Style, Separable Lean Only, Sodium Nitrite, Sodium Nitrate, Brown Sugar (Molasses), Soy Sauce (Water, Wheat, Soybeans, Salt, Salt, < 0.1% of Sodium Benzoate (Presevative)), Cajun Seasoning (Sea Salt, Cayenne Pepper Powder, Black Pepper, Onion Powder, Granulated Garlic, Minced Onion, Paprika, White Pepper, Non-GMO Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, Crushed Red Pepper, Oregano, Natural Lemon Juice Flavor, Silicon Dioixde, Thyme, Paprika Extractive, Cumin, Sage), Spice, Salt. Allergen Warnings: Soy, Wheat
The beef used is not guaranteed to be free of growth hormones or additional antibiotics. Also, the beef is not guaranteed to have at least partial free range access to graze on grass. As a result, the highest ingredient rating that can be awarded is a Good (8/10) rating.
The sugar level is high at 13 grams of sugar per 28 grams of jerky to lose a rating. Our preference is 4 grams of sugar and under per 28 grams of jerky for a spicy spicy based flavor. The salt level is fairly low at 220mg of salt per 28 grams of jerky.
This flavor does not qualify to be MSG free, as monosodium glutamate (MSG) is used outright to lose a rating. Also, the flavor enhancers disodium inosinate and disodium guanylate are used to lose a rating, which work synergistically to enhance the flavor. Lastly, the highly processed, cheap flavor enhancers hydrolyzed soy protein and hydrolyzed corn protein are used to lose another rating.
Written by guest jerky reviewer Paul Rekker
When I open the bag, I don’t smell much. What a remarkably small sample portion. I’m not sure we can do this jerky proper justice with such a tiny sample size. The pieces are small in size, but are sliced quite thick. The jerky is soft and dry, and it is easy to chew. There is no oily residue left on your fingers.
When I bite into the jerky, I can immediately tell that it is ham. I am a card-carrying massive ham junky, and this ham is some kind of delicious.
I taste salt, pepper, no sweet whatsoever (two thumbs up), and the Cajun spice is to die for, it is hitting like a freight train. I am in 7th heaven devouring this jerky like I haven’t eaten in 3 months. It is massaging my palette like a professional masseuse, and I am powerless against it’s intense allure.
If I had to register a minor concern, it would be that the pieces are not consistent in texture, with one piece being quite tough and chewy, while the next will be soft and moist. But that cannot and will not deter me from awarding this pig jerky a 10/10. Bacon and ham rock. Pigs rock. Oink oink!!! Two thumbs way up!!!👍👍
Here is what Mark had to say about this ranch beef jerky flavor from Drop Zone: “Stéphane and I generally agree with Paul, where this is indeed a ranch dressing flavor, and deeply evenly marinated. This jerky was shared between eight people, and feedback was the same from everybody. A very good tasting jerky flavor, but lacking in the ranch dressing flavor. Had this been an original based flavor, which it comes across as, this ranch flavor likely would have been awarded a 10 taste rating. Based on experience, Stéphane and I noticed a foreign tasting flavor at a faint to light level that has to be the ranch flavor, but falls short to justify a Ranch flavor name. Ava described the light ranch flavor to be creamy tasting, but Sid thought the smoked flavor overpowered the ranch flavor. Here are the official ratings between the Group of Seven (Mark – 9, Paul – 10, Stéphane – 10, Nolan – N/A, Mark M. – 8, Sid – 8, Ava – 8)”
This resealable clear plastic bag has labels affixed, both on the front and back. The Hobe’s logo states that they were established in 1973. There is a drawing of a basket of hot peppers on the front.
A slogan printed on this bag is “Great Snack Anytime”. Some facts printed on this bag are “17g Protein Per Serving”, “Veteran Owned”, “Made in the USA”, and “Shelf Safe”.
All bag categories are covered with this bag. You are encouraged to follow Hobe’s Country Ham on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. A good blurb is printed on the back about Hobe’s Country Ham and Shiners Stash.
Order their jerky online: http://hobescountryham.com