Thursday, December 17, 2015

Flavorful And Fun, Wild Bill's Bacon Jerky Is Still Expensive!

The Good: Taste good, Low calorie, Easy to eat!
The Bad: Expense, Very high in fat!
The Basics: Wild Bill’s Bacon Jerky is a surprisingly delicious treat that lives up to the promise of its name!

Every now and then, I like to surprise my wife with something that I think that she will truly enjoy. She is on a low carb diet at this point, so finding good snacks for her has been a pain in my butt the last few months. However, when I saw the Wild Bill's Bacon Jerky at the store where I was buying a new litterbox for my cats, I knew it would be the right thing to pick up for both my wife and I. And it has been! Despite the expense of the Wild Bill's Bacon Jerky, it is a treat that satisfies enough for consumers to wish that there was more of it!

I found the 3 oz. pack locally for $5.99, which is pretty steep as far as I'm concerned. That said, it is a wonderful treat for those who are on a Keyto diet.


Wild Bill’s is a manufacturer of meat products like jerky. The intent of the Wild Bill’s beef jerky is for the meat snacks to be their own snack, not a component (in contrast to something like uncooked meat or pepperoni, which tend to be ingredients or garnish to other recipes).

Wild Bill’s’s Bacon Jerky is a processed meat product. The package I bought contained about forty pieces of bacon, both 1/4 strip (no more than two inches long and 3/4" wide), though most of them were broken up significantly smaller than that. That is, supposedly, three full servings. The bag also has a packet of silica in it, so it is highly recommended one not shotgun a package of this jerky!

Ease Of Preparation

Wild Bill’s Bacon Jerky is a processed meat product, so basically, one opens bag and starts eating the pieces. This requires no refrigeration after opening, but between my wife, me, and the animals in the house begging for it, the Wild Bill's Bacon Jerky does not last long enough around here to ever raise the question of needing refrigeration!


Wild Bill’s Bacon Jerky has a surprisingly mild aroma to it. In fact, I was surprised by how little scent the meat strips have. They forshadow a very weak jerky.

Fortunately, the Bacon Jerky is powerful enough on the flavor front to excuse the lack of aroma. Despite the lack of a strong scent, every bite, every piece of bacon dust, every full piece and every shard of Bacon Jerky tastes salty and fatty and exactly like cold bacon. It is wonderful and fully flavored as anyone who loves bacon will instantly recognize!


Wild Bill’s Bacon Jerky is a poor choice for balanced nutrition. A serving size is considered one ounce, but unless one is walking around with a scale, that is very hard to regulate. In the recommended serving, there are only 110 calories, 70 of which are from fat. This snack has 13% of one's daily recommended saturated fat intake and a stifling 27% of the RDA of sodium. On the plus side, it also has eleven grams of protein.

This is not Gluten-free nor not marked as Kosher (duh, it's bacon!). This meat snack is made primarily of bacon cured with water, salt and sugar. That makes it mostly natural, but it does have a couple of preservatives that are not natural. The fact that sugar is so high on the ingredient list is unsurprising considering how addictive this meat treat is!


My package of Wild Bill’s Bacon Jerky was supposed to remain soft and tender until the third of June, 2016, but it will be long gone before then!

Bacon Jerky is a meat product, but given how fatty bacon is, the bacon jerky is a little greasier than beef jerky. As a result, contact with light fabrics has the potential to stain.


Wild Bill’s Bacon Jerky is flavorful and delivers on its promise of being a very different meat jerky, but it is more expensive than its competitors!

For other meaty snacks reviews, please check out my takes on:
Hormel Turkey Pepperoni Stix
Oberto Cocktail Pep Smoked Sausage Sticks
Duke's House Of Meats Stubb's Spicy Bar-B-Q Beef Brisket Strips


For other food and drink reviews, please visit my Food And Drink Review Index Page!

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