Biltong Recipe

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Biltong Recipe

This perfect biltong recipe has great childhood memories. My wife and I have been making our own biltong for over 15 years now. This biltong recipe never fails, provided you follow the instructions and guidelines carefully.

Biltong is usually made from venison, beef, or ostrich meat, the latter, being our favourite. The best time to make biltong is during the cool dry months. From the end of autumn to the start of spring, over the winter period. If you make biltong in humid areas it is best to use a biltong dryer.

We have experimented and tried many different biltong ingredients to come up with the best biltong recipe. The trick was to get the balance right, not too salty, yet, shiny and tasty. This biltong recipe gives you the perfect balance to the look and taste of the biltong.

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Recipe Info


Serves: 12


Calories: 258
Carbs: 17g
Fat: 16.5g
Protein: 25.8g

Cooking Times

20 min
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  1. Sugar and Bicarbonate of soda:
    The sugar keeps the meat slightly moist and the soda makes the meat tender
  2. Cut your desired meat pieces into long, 5 to cm thick, strips
  3. Mix all the dry ingredients together
  4. Layer the meat pieces in a plastic container and sprinkle gently with vinegar
  5. Generously sprinkle the dry ingredients over the meat pieces and cover with a lid and shake well to coat the pieces evenly
  6. Place the container in the refrigerator and leave for 24 hours
  7. Prepare a mixture of even parts of vinegar and water in a bowl
  8. Dip the meat pieces in the mixture
  9. Transfer each meat piece to a s-shaped hook and hang them to dry in a cool dry place
  10. Leave for 2 to 3 weeks
  11. Enjoy!

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Suzie Swanepoel
This biltong is my gift to my dad every year on fathers day. It never fails and my father is always happy about the gift. Lovely. 5.00

Nina Smith
Lights, Camera, Action 🎬 South Africa has the best food in the world and the cooking cat shares the best recipes in the world. Superb biltong recipe. Very impressive. It works. 5.00

Bismarck du Plessis
Thanks for sharing this amazing biltong recipe. We use this recipe as a guideline and make good money with this recipe. 5.00

Shirly Hazelwood
We visited South Africa a couple of years back and I could never forget the taste of biltong. I searched all over for a good biltong recipe and found this one. It takes me back to a sunny place with good people and good memories. South Africa has good food and biltong is no exception. My husband loves it. 5.00

Carel Smit
This is the best biltong recipe I have ever tried. You cannot go wrong with this biltong recipe. 🙏 5.00

Neil Sanders
Perfect biltong recipe. Now I know how to make my own biltong. Have been looking all over for a good recipe and I am happy to have found this one. Five stars. 5.00

Gielie Heroldt
And the cooking cat does it again, and again. Your recipes are impressive. This is the best biltong recipe in the world. 5.00

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We doubled our revenue since our biltong franchise switched to this biltong recipe. Magic is all I can say, and one more thing. Thank you so much. 5.00

Dirk Oberhozler
I am one of your biggest fans and for a good reason. Your recipes are fail-proof and the same thing can be said of this biltong recipe. You never cease to amaze me. Well done. 👏👏 5.00

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