Total Time
Prep 4 hrs
Cook 0 mins

stephan gates terrific version of biltong, essentially air dried beef. The cook time is zero but none of the times include up to 20 days hanging


  1. Cut the beef into strips about 4cm thick. Pack the meat into a smallish bowl, so that it fits tightly.
  2. Add the vinegar and Worcestershire sauce. Leave for 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, mix the coriander and pepper together in another bowl.
  4. In a third bowl, mix the salt, sugar and bicarbonate of soda together.
  5. Remove the meat from the marinade, but reserve the marinade for later use.
  6. Add the beef to the bowl of spices, mixing it around until evenly coated. Save any spices that don't stick.
  7. Bury the spiced beef in the salt and the sugar mixture and leave it for 3 hours.
  8. Remove the beef from the brine and dip it back into the reserved vinegar marinade for another 5 minutes.
  9. Remove the beef from the marinade and using the vinegar, wash all the salt off (don't skip this bit or the biltong will be unbearably salty).
  10. Squeeze the beef to remove as much liquid as possible. Roll in the spices once more. The meat is now ready for hanging.
  11. Cut lengths of string, and tie them tightly around one end of each beef strip. Tie the string to the top of your hanging contraption and make sure that they hang freely without touching anything on the sides or bottom.
  12. Leave the strips hanging for 3-20 days in a warm, dry place. It is difficult to say exactly how long it will take for the biltong to reach the correct stage, it's basically when the meat is as tough as old boots!
Most Helpful

This is a wonderful recipe for Jerky and tastes like great Jerky BUT this is not South African Biltong, I?m South African and grew up eating it all the time and still do. The Worcestershire sauce changes the taste and texture of it. Biltong only uses vinegar, brown sugar, coriander seeds, pepper and salt, if you want chilli biltong add chilli flakes not powder.

Tilly14 April 18, 2013

Ok so this was the first time that I have tried to make biltong and since I don't have a drying cabinet I used a dehydrator instead. I found that the spice proportions were way off and I needed to use way more coriander and chilli flakes than were suggested in order to cover the meet (this may be because I cut my beef thinner to fit into the dehydrator). I was a bit sus about how much salt was suggested but followed the instructions. The flavor of the spices was good but the biltong was saltier than fish piss! I would recommend either using less salt or leaving it in salt for a shorter period. Biltong is edible if you have plenty of beer to wash it down with but you will have to get wasted in order to get through just a few strips...

cfosterthorpe September 24, 2013

I make biltong all the time and tily14 is right. vinegar (Brown grape is best)75 ml per kilo, Coriander seeds roughly crushed 1 table spoon fresh ground black pepper 1/2 tablespoon salt 25 gm Worcestershire if you use it only 5 ml all of the above is per Kilogram of meat I don't use Sugar it brings the flies.if you want only a teaspoon per kilo.

Noel C. February 14, 2014