South African Biltong - dried cured meat (Jerky?)

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South African Biltong - dried cured meat (Jerky?)

I grew up with this and this is what I teethed on as a baby... hehe! and my G I miss it soooo much...! Another South African speciality...


This is a basic Biltong recipe, which lends itself to any number of variations for those who want to experiment until they have created their “Perfect Biltong”.


* 2 kg beef or venison (silverside, topside or such)(London Broil)
* 3 cups coarse salt (not table salt or sea salt but the big lumpy salt)
* 2 cups soft brown sugar
* 5 ml bicarbonate of soda (this softens the meat)
* 2.5 ml coarsely ground black pepper
* 12.5 ml coarsely ground roasted coriander seeds
* 1.5 cups brown vinegar mixed with 100ml Worcestershire sauce.


* Cut the meat into strips of approximately 1cm thickness.
* Layer in a bowl with the vinegar mix for ½ hour.
* Mix all dry spices together.
* Roll meat in the mixed dry spices in a CLEAN bowl.
* Allow meat to draw in its own brine for 3 hours.(thicker pieces to the bottom)
* Remove meat and put back into vinegar mix for +/- 10 minutes.
* Remove again and wipe meat with same vinegar to make sure NO SALT sticks to the meat.
* Squeeze meat with your hand to get rid of as much liquid as possible.
* Hang until ready.


Before soaking the meat use half vinegar and half dry red wine or add 100 ml lemon juice to the vinegar/wine mixture. Before hanging make a mixture of ¼ coarsely ground black pepper and ¾ ground coriander. For those who like it HOT, sprinkle some peri-peri of your choice over the meat before hanging.


Hang in a cool dark ventilated very dry spot out of the sun... low humidity is best... too high humidity and you'll have problems... air should circulate easily between every piece... hang until well dry...
Watch out for flies! The drying area should be well screened from insects...


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South African Biltong - dried cured meat (Jerky?) :: Comments


Post on Sat Jul 17, 2010 8:44 pm by Saltysteele


similar to how country hams are done

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Post on Sat Jul 17, 2010 11:19 pm by riaan

Salty I grew Up with these and I tell you its not something you forget... might be strange to some but I might consider strange things just to get me some of these... hehe!!

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Post on Sat Jul 17, 2010 11:40 pm by Kellie

That looks so good, we have that here and call it beef jerky. I have to try your recipe out.

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