Kentucky’s Mingua Beef Jerky is delicious.
As a traveler and the editor of realfoodtraveler.com, I’m always on the lookout for artisan foods or regional foods that represent the essence of an area. While I was in Kentucky, I came across an artisan/regional product that does just that: Mingua Beef Jerky.
Mingua (pronounced Ming-Gwa) is the brainchild of Ronnie and Pam Mingua of Paris, Kentucky, who, along with partners Curtis, Holly and Cannon Mackley, make some of the best, natural beef jerky I’ve ever encountered.
What makes Mingua Beef Jerky different? For one thing, the jerky is made from whole pieces of sliced beef rather than chopped or formed beef that’s put back together to resemble the real thing. For another, they slice the jerky ultra thin. This makes it easier to chew, keeps the meat slightly moist, and allows you to really taste the flavors.
The Minguas also don’t add a lot of chemicals or additives to their beef and you can taste the difference. The ingredients include beef, soy sauce, brown sugar, and liquid smoke. In their Cajun flavor, they also add Cajun seasoning. The result is a deep, rich, beefy flavor that’s all real and really delicious.
Their jerky comes in regular and Cajun style and in mild, medium, and hot varieties. I tried their Cajun style medium and found it chewy, meaty, and spicvy good. It left my tongue tingling! I also sampled their regular mild flavor. It has the same rich beefy flavor as Cajun without the heat.
We used Mingua Beef Jerky as a road snack and all of us found this stuff absolutely addicting. One warning: have plenty of water or other drinks available as the jerky tends to make one thirsty.
Mingua Beef Jerky is sold throughout stores in Kentucky (we purchaseded it as gas station convenience stores) and a smattering of retailers in Virginia, Georgia, and Texas.
The good news is you can also order Mingua Beef Jerkey online at www.minguabeefjerky.com/ If you’re a jerky lover, you won’t be sorry.– BH