The cool thing about the Internet is that it lets us city-slicker geek types gain access to junk food found exclusively in the rural areas of America’s back country.
That is, if someone in the rural area of America’s back country is set up for e-commerce.
Riteway Meat Company is one such entity. Basically a butcher shop serving local ranchers and hunters in the small town of Dundee, OR. They sell beef jerky and other meat snacks though their website. Junk foodies like me living in the suburbia of Southern California can now enjoy processed meat munchies the way real, honest-to-God, down to earth folks make it, without having to drive a thousand miles to get there.
Actually, I didn’t buy these Pepperoni Tid-Bits. They sent it to me for free, after I ordered a few packages of their beef jerky. I didn’t tell them that I publish food blogs, so maybe they’re just really hospitable, friendly, country folks. Anyways, I figured I had to return the favor by giving them some free pub here on JFB.
These do have the flavor of pepperoni, but a little more mild than what I’m accustomed to getting from atop of pizza or italian sub sandwich. They’re quite flavorful, rather salty, and smoky. They don’t have any of the papery chewing texture that a Slim Jim has, but rather quite sausage-like.
These “tid-bits” are named such because Riteway sells a longer variety, at 5 feet in length. You actually buy it that long.
So I’m guessing these tid-bits are like the ends they chop off after measuring out 5 feet of meat rope.
The size and shape of these Pepperoni Tid-Bits are quite comparable to a package of Little Smokies, except these are a little more stiff. I think they’d still do quite well simmering in a Crock Pot of BBQ sauce, or cooking in a pan of beans.
Riteway prices a package of tid-bits at $8.99 a pound. The package depicted above weighed 0.68 pounds, for a price of $6.11.
I recommend a lightly flavored pale ale, or a cream ale, to go with these.