I’ve been making Biltong for my family, in the USA, since we moved here in 1998 from South Africa. If you are South African, then you know how important having this cured beef snack around, is to us. Especially when watching Rugby on Saturdays! How dare one do that without Biltong and an ice cold beer?
There’s nothing better than enjoying fresh Biltong, Rugby and an Ice Cold Beer on a Saturday afternoon! En dán gaan ons braai…
All the pictures on my web site are of Biltong I have personally made over the years, right here in my home, in NJ. My goal is to supply anyone who wants to put their hand to making their own Biltong, with a special blend of Biltong Spices. This recipe that I use to blend my spices with has been tried and tested over the years and found to be the best, this side of the pond!
We like to make sandwiches, amongst plenty of other things, using beef Biltong, whenever a fresh batch comes out of the dry box. If you like it wet (rare) like my wife Amanda does, that means slicing it after just 3 days of drying. That’s it!
Do you see the spice bag I’m holding here? Some South Africans will recognize it. We have switched from using these kinds of brands, to making our own, fresh spice blend, right here in America. Firstly it has been hard to come by all the way from South Africa. Always having to think about how and where I will get spices from, I’ve decided a few years ago, to mix our own.
Secondly the issue of MSG; most South African spices are riddled with this stuff. Hopefully we don’t have to elaborate about the harmful effects on the human body when it comes to mono-sodium glutamate. You can merely do a search online to find out what that is all about.
There are numerous different Biltong Spice blends out there and some are as simple as merely salt and pepper. It is all about personal preference.
My spice blend is simple and as I’ve said before, the secret is in the ratio of spices used. What makes my spices stand out is that they are conveniently premixed in just the right amounts for you to make a quick batch of Biltong at home.