Okay Gang, with just a few days left here on the Project, We are adding some extras for you ya wanting a little more. Starting with our "Texas Jack's Famous Sweet Pepper Beef Jerky" and "Texas Jack's Famous Spiced Beef Jerky" You can add on 3 ounces of jerky for $8.00, or 6 ounces for $15.00 And those folks that got a hankering, we offer a Full Pound of Jerky for $38.00. Now for those who want a pound of fresh Texas Pecans, we got them for $14.00, these are mostly halfs and very few pieces, great for making your own treats. Okay, how about adding another dozen of Pralines to your existing reward, That would be $25.00, yep, that's all for 12 more Texas Size Pralines added to your reward. Now, if I have left something out, give me a shout and I'll get it on here for ya! Take a look at the Update to get an idea of the making of our beef jerky. Lord knows we've fed a bunch of folks getting the recipe just right and tasty, so Texas Jack will call it his. Thanks again for all the support and take a gander there at the rewards to see what suits ya best, Thank You! dennis
Stretch Reward for hitting the 3K Level
Okay Gang, here is a list of rewards for you ya for hitting the 3 thousand dollar level, All Backers at the $10 level on up will receive a sampling of our Vanilla Beans. These are fresh and the aroma is fantastic. There are a zillion uses for these beans, you're going to love them.
Another reward is for those at the $75 level and higher. We will throw in a DVD of Tombstone so you can catch up on some history behind Texas Jack while enjoying some delicious treats. Now, make sure to check back as we have a few more cards up our sleeves, and thanks again for all the support!
Stretch Reward for hitting the 2K Level
For hitting the 2K Level, as a bonus, Every Backer from the $26 level and up will receive a sampling of our newest treat, "Texas Jack's Famous Beef Jerky" For those, backers up to the Hootenanny level, you'll get 1.5 ounces, For the Humdinger level, make that 3 ounces. And for the Monster Level, yep, a full one pound of "Texas Jack's Famous Beef Jerky" Just our way of saying, "Thanks"
We have expanded the line of the different pralines we offer and because of the demand, we are offering here for the first time, our Artisan Line of Gourmet Vanilla Extracts as well as a custom made "Pecan Extract." Once you have tasted the difference in quality of our top shelf extracts, you'll never buy store-bought extract again. In addition to the Pralines and Extracts, we are offering the Famous Chocolate Pecan Fudge and a really big fan favorite, "Aunt Bill's Brown Candy. So check out the rewards. The proceeds from this project will be used to purchase much needed packaging equipment like a professional Shrink Wrap machine and a Vacuum Sealer.
On the Rewards, every backer will get a copy of the EBook, "Texas Jack's Famous Pralines Secret Recipe Book" with the added recipes for making your own extracts, fudge, cookies, and Aunt Bill's Brown Candy. Take a look at the complete list of rewards to see what fits your fancy.
Texas Jack's Line of Vanilla and Pecan Extracts
Playing around in the kitchen, experimenting with different flavors and blends, we have come up with 5 different vanilla extracts and our very own Pecan Extract.
All of our extracts come packaged in 4 ounce bottles. We do have a "Kickstarter Excusive" for those who want to experience the curing and making of your own vanilla extract.
Using only the finest quality vanilla beans and vodkas and rum, we are proud to offer the following flavors.
Madagascar Bourbon- The name, Madagascar Bourbon, comes from the name of the vanilla beans but to keep it honest, we have blended the vodka with a smidgen of Kentucky Bourbon to give this extract a full bodied flavor that one would expect from vanilla extract.
Tahitian Paradise- This is a lighter, sweeter extract using the "Tahitian Vanilla Beans" that is decadent, fruity, with a subtle cherry, caramel taste that has a floral aroma that smells like flowers. This is excellent for use in desserts or any cold served dish. This is the most heat sensitive that any other extract but offers a unique taste beyond compare.
Mexican Vanilla Bean- A rich smooth deep creamy chocolate vanilla extract that has a woody fragrance. This is the best vanilla extract for recipes using chocolate. There is something about this extract that brings out and enhances the flavor of chocolate.
Jamaican Gold- This is made from the Madagascar vanilla beans using a blend of vodka, rum, and spiced rum to give a wonder balance of vanilla and spices that is reminiscent of the Caribbean. A deep and rich extract for those recipes calling for a walk on the wild side.
Texas Jack's Blue Label Vanilla Extract-That's right, Texas Jack's Famous Vanilla Extract made with Johnny Walker Blue Label. I know it is crazy, but can you think of a better way than to cook using this delightful extract? This is for those special occasions and for those special people in your life. Just imagine telling your dinner guest that the dessert was made with "Johnny Walker Blue Label" A rarified treat for those rarified moments. Using Madagascar Vanilla Beans, this is a full bodied extract with the smoothness of Johnny Walker Blue Label.
Texas Jack's Famous Pecan Extract- Now this one is a bit different. We use a 151 proof rum as the base for this extract. Our pecans are prepared in a special way to ensure the infusion of the pecans into the extract. This is great for anytime you want to add a subtle taste of pecans to your recipe.
Best Tasting Gourmet Pralines on either side of the Pecos!
100% All Natural - No Preservatives - No Chemicals - No High Fructose Corn Syrup -
Texas Jack's Famous Pralines are made from the finest ingredients available.
We strive to use as many ingredients as possible from Texas. From the honey to the pecans, we only select the best. Our honey is from right here in the Hill Country. The two main varieties of pecans we use are "Desirable" and "Cheyenne" which we get from Weatherford, TX. Our syrups are homemade using only the best pure cane sugar from Imperial Sugar located in Sugarland, TX. Even the Vanilla Extract is home-made using Tito's Vodka distilled in Austin. Yep, we are passionate about keeping it all in the family in bringing you the best tasting Pralines possible.
Combined this dedication to using only the finest quality ingredients with an Artisan perspective on Fine foods along the non-compromising craftsmanship of Texas and you have the Best Damn Pralines this side of the Pecos. Yes Sir-Re-Bob, we are serious about our Pralines. One taste and you'll know what we mean.
The Original Standard Pralines
Here is a list of the 10 Pralines that are being offered in this Kickstarter Project. Every one is a winner and it is sure enough going to be hard to choose just one so we are making it easy for you by offering the Shindig Sampler, containing all the varieties list below in our "mini size" Pralines.
Traditional Pecan Praline - The standard by which all Pralines are held to. Our Traditional Pecan Praline base is a "trade secret" mixture of different sugars, sweeteners, and extract laced with the "Desirable" Variety Pecans.
Chocolate Pecan - Lightly Toasted Pecans bathe in Chocolate.
Chocolate Coconut Pecan - Lightly Toasted Coconut and Pecans bathe in Chocolate. Just look at the photo, if you listen real carefully, you'll hear them calling your name.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pecan - This is so rich, it should be taxed! Rich Chocolate and Homemade Peanut Butter with Lightly Toasted Pecans makes this a fan favorite.
"Spiced Rum" Raisin Pecan - Arr, A new twist on Rum Raisin with Golden Raisins and Pecans using the Captains own Spice Rum to add a little kick. These would have been a favorite of Captain Jean Lafitte for sure.
Amaretto Pecan- Similar to the Traditional Praline but with a subtle sweet almond and apricot taste that only Disaronno can add that will make this Praline a classic.
Amaretto Almond Coconut- Another Fan Favorite! Lightly Toasted Coconut and Shredded Almonds.
Mexican Chili Mocha Pecan - Now this Praline will have you doing a "Hoot and Hollering" as this is the nickname to this South-of-the-Border favorite. Made with Mexican Black Coffee Beans, Homemade Chili Powder, a touch of Mexican Cocoa, and our Texas Pecans. In addition, we are using our very own "Mexican Vanilla Bean Extract" to bring out the flavors even more. This is one Praline that you will not forget anytime soon.
Crown Royal Maple Walnut- A Brown Sugar and Honey based Praline with Walnuts with just a touch of that Canadian Maple flavor makes this Praline a Royal delight deserving a Crown.
Maple Bacon Pecan Praline-Made with 100* Pure Maple Syrup and Hickory Smoke Bacon, taste so good, you'll have this one for breakfast!
The "Mad Men Series" of New Flavors setting the "New Standard" in Pralines
Amaretto Chocolate Pecan- Disaronno and Chocolate, does it get any better than this? Add fresh Pecans and you have a flavor that is sure to become a classic
Kahlua Pecan- A Traditional Pecan Praline with Kahlua added to give it that special mocha flavor, subtle yet sweet, this is one to please coffee lovers for sure
Wild Turkey American Honey- Now this here is becoming my favorite. Yep, our traditional pecan praline with the added pleasure of one ofKentucky's best bourbons, "Wild Turkey's American Honey." A remarkable sweetness that is delightful, a marriage made in culinary heaven.
Crown Royal Black Pecan- The rich and smooth taste of Crown Royal Black added with our own "Madagascar Bourbon Extract" makes this one praline that is wonderfully delicious.
360 Chocolate- This praline is made using "360 Double Chocolate Vodka" that adds a unique chocolate taste. Coupled with our "Mexican Vanilla Bean Extract" this should be a party favorite.
The Top Shelve. The Cream de la Cream
Texas Jack's "Blue Label" Pralines- Can Pralines be Deliciously Elegant and Luxurious? Yes they can, especially when they are made with Johnny Walker's Blue Label Scotch Whiskey. These are Traditional Pecan Pralines with the added touch of "Blue Label" that will lavish your taste buds. Johnny Walker's "Blue Label" is the Pinnacle of high-end blended Scotch Whiskeys that is in a class of its own just like our Texas Jack's Famous Pralines. An Exceptional Combination offering a smooth, rich, and sweet tasting experience.
Other Delightful Texas Jack Treats
Texas Jack's Famous Candied Amaretto Pecans- These are pecans that have been prepared individually with our own recipe for making candied pecans. These are great as a snack by themselves or used on salads or desserts such as Blue Bell Ice Cream.
Chocolate Pecan Fudge- Our home-made fudge using only the best ingredients makes this a favorite among Texas Jack fans. Rich and Creamy yet firm, this comes as a massive 6 inch by 6 inch slab, ready for you to cut anyway you like.
Aunt Bill's Brown Candy- A rare treat that is seldom offered, a genuine throwback to the old days. It is like a caramel fudge chock full of pecans. Comes served as a big 6 inch by 6 inch slab ready for you to cut up as you please.
Who is behind Texas Jack's Famous Pralines?
Hi, I am Dennis Waller, founder and creator of Texas Jack's Famous Pralines. Besides being a bestselling author on Amazon.com with my books on Eastern Thought, I also love to cook and known throughout these parts for my sinfully delicious treats including my Pralines.
You can go to Amazon and check out my page to learn more about my books, amazon.com/author/denniswaller
Now, if this project is successful, I'll be coming out with a recipe book on how you can make your own Texas Jack's Famous Pralines at home. I'll even include some cookie recipes. So, let's get this party started!
I have been told by several people that is time to share with the world my gift at crafting some of the best deserts you'll ever know. And that is why I am here on Kickstarter. In bringing these delightful treats to you, I need your help to take it to the next level. With your support, I'll be able to address the issues of packaging, marketing, and distribution. And for your support, You will be Rewarded with experiencing what all the fuss is about when it comes to, bar none, the Best Damn Pralines you'll ever have.
You can find me here and please support the project by going to our Fan Page on Facebook, Thanks!
Where did the name Texas Jack come from?
A few years back while making a batch of Pralines, the movie Tombstone was on TV. Someone asked what I called them and one of the folks sitting there on the couch said, "Hey! Name it after Texas Jack! Look, there he is!" And in an instant, the Pralines had a name.
Now Texas Jack Vermillion was a real live Gunslinger who rode with the Earp's in the "Vendetta Ride" just like in the movie. He was One Bad Hombre for sure and certainly was a friend to Doc Holliday.
John Wilson Vermillion, known as Texas Jack Vermillion (also known as Shoot-your-eye-out-Jack) was born 1842, Russell Co. Virginia. He was the second of 12 children born to William Vermillion and Nancy Owens.When the Civil War erupted in 1861, Texas Jack joined the Confederate cavalry under the command of General J.E.B. Stuart.
After the war Texas Jack married Margaret Horton on September 6, 1865 in Sullivan Co., Tennessee. The newlyweds moved to eastern Missouri where Jack accepted the position as Territorial Marshal for the eastern section of Missouri.
A daughter was born and named Mary and a second child followed. His name is unknown. Within a few weeks of the son's birth and while Jack was away from the home a diphtheria epidemic rambled across eastern Missouri killing Margaret and the children.
It has been written that grief stricken, Jack moved west. He surfaced in Dodge City, Kansas were he drank heavily, gambled frequently thus gaining a reputation as a " devil-may-care" gunslinger. It has also been written that when Dodge City burned for the first time that City Marshal and Deputy U.S. Marshal Virgil Earp rounded-up 23 men he could trust to prevent lot jumpers. One of those men was Jack Vermillion.
Family history tells a story that Jack turned up in Montana and became involved in a saloon fight. Jack wasn't doing so well until someone stepped in to help. That someone was Doc Holliday. The legend continues that many years later Jack received a trunk shipped to him from Holliday.
As portrayed in the movie Tombstone, it has been written that Jack killed a man who accused him of cheating at cards. Unlike the movie, the gunfight was viewed as unfair and Jack became a wanted man. It was on the wanted poster that his name first appeared as "Texas Jack" Vermillion.
Texas Jack rode with Wyatt Earp during his vendetta ride and again was with Wyatt during the Dodge City War. He was considered a crack-shot with a gun by those who knew him.
Vermillion joined up with the Soapy Smith gang in 1888 or 1889, and was involved in the Pocatello, Idaho train depot shoot-out, in which a rival gang was trying to kill Soapy. He disappeared from known gang movements, but was reportedly involved in another gunfight in 1890.
In 1911 Jack passed away quietly in his sleep.It is rumored that his last meal was a praline.
Here is another bit of history- "Texas Jack Vermillion did not accompany Virgil Earp as a member of the protective squad which escorted him to Tucson, March 20, 1882. Instead, Vermillion joined the vendetta posse March 21, 1882 in Tombstone, a day after the killing of Frank Stillwell in Tucson, thus Vermillion was not one of the 5 men indicted for Stilwell's killing. He presumably did participate in the killing of Florentino Cruz on March 22, and he had his horse shot out from under him during the fight at Iron Springs(March 24), in which "Curley Bill" Brocius was killed. Vermillion was himself not hit in that fight, but he had to be picked up by Doc Holliday after exposing himself to fire from the cowboys, while trying to retrieve the rifle wedged under his fallen horse."
I would suggest watching Tombstone to get the full flavor of the history behind the name of these delicious treats.
I have the use of a commercial kitchen that will enable me to handle an onslaught of orders. Here is a pic of a few holiday pies I cooked up for Christmas. Those are my Sweet Potato and Apple pies. These have been enjoyed by friends and family all over the US.
I grew up in the restaurant business and know my way around a kitchen. Having experience in the mail-order business, shipping is not an issue. All orders over 13 ounces will ship by United States Priority Mail to ensure in getting you these treats as fast as possible. Production will start on the day that the project ends pending on reaching our goal. "Early Bird" orders will be the first to ship and should ship within 3 days of the project ending
Risks and challenges
As with anything in life, there are always the possibility of something going wrong. I have covered all aspects of this project with back-up suppliers and sources. One thing you can count on with me is being kept informed to the progress of your Reward till it ships. Then after about a week, I'll follow up to ensure that you receive your order and to see if it meets your expectations. If there are any issues with the production, you'll be notified. At the end of the project, each and every supporter will receive an email from me along with my phone number to thank you. I am always just a phone call away. Without you, there is no me, Your satisfaction is my goal!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We use Tito's Vodka made in Austin, Texas as the base for all of our extracts. On the specialty extracts like the "Jamaica Gold" we also add Bacardi Select and Bacardi Oakheart to give it that Caribbean flavor. On the pecan extract, now that is a bit different as it takes a stronger base to pull out the essence of the pecans. With the pecan extract, we use a blend of "Everclear" which is 95% pure alcohol and a pecan liqueur to bring down the alcohol content to 150 proof and adding some body to the flavor of the pecans.
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