Biltong – what is it?

BILTONG is formed from the Dutch words “BIL” meaning Hindquarter or Rump of a cut of meat, (mainly Beef) and ‘TONG” meaning “strip”. It’s a strip of meat that has been preserved, following a specific method, to bring out the best in flavour and texture.

Various types of meat are used to produce it, ranging from Beef to Game meats. It is typically made from raw fillets of meat cut into strips following the grain of the muscle. These flat pieces are sliced across the grain, after it’s been air dried.

biltong sliced

Sliced across the grain from a dried piece, cut with the grain initially…

I use a “Silverside Cut” of locally sourced Beef, to produce my Biltong. 

The basic spicing is a blend of vinegar, salt, ground black pepper, coriander and other spices that people ask for in the preparation of this snack, according to their own personal tastes in flavours.

Why is it such a Great Snack:

  • Biltong is made from approximately twice the weight of meat. To make 100g of biltong, approximately 200g of beef is needed at the start of the drying process.
  • Beef Biltong is cured and not cooked, therefore it retains more of the nutrients than cooked meat. Cooking meat, breaks down the nutrients found in it’s raw state.

Biltong is ideal for People-on-the-go:

  • No Refrigeration required
  • No MSG
  • No Sodium Nitrate.
  • No artificial preservatives.
  • No artificial colourings.
  • No harmful Ingredients/ Chemicals.

Don’t make the mistake of comparing Biltong to Beef Jerky, because Biltong differs from Beef Jerky in 3 distinct ways:

  • The meat used in biltong is usually sliced to  1″ (25 mm) wide and can be sliced wider. Beef Jerky is normally very thin cut of meat.
  • The vinegar, salt and spices in biltong, together with the drying process, cure the meat as well. This adds a more palatable texture and flavour. Beef Jerky is produced with salt at a high temperature, without the use of vinegar.
  • Beef Jerky is usually smoked, whilst Biltong is never smoked.


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11 thoughts on “Biltong – what is it?

  1. Dijon

    Great looking product David. I know that it is an excellent protein snack for and helpful for those looking to loose weight.

  2. Belinda Morris

    Excellent source of protein for toddlers that are fussy eaters. My 4 year old loves this snack. Easily transported and you don’t need a a lot to satisfy the appetite. This snack is extremely satisfying in those moments of sheer hunger before supper. A healthy and enjoyable snack for young and old.

    1. David Maas Post author

      Thanks for your post Belinda and that’s just so…my mother used to give me sliced biltong to chew on, all those years ago and the same for my siblings…my mother swore by it when I was teething as well, she used to let me gum on a ’stokkie’…

  3. Jordan Taylor

    I absolutely love this product. My favourites are the chilli & garlic and garlic. The product is a tasty alternative snack opposing to my usual proteins and snacks that I use for work. As a personal trainer I am always on the go. And this product is the best I have come across to keep hunger at bay and I know that the locally produced product is free of all nutrition nasties. I recommend this to everyone.


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