It's not jerky it's biltong. This South African style treat has hit big in the USA because it's healthy, flavorful and packed with satisfaction. Whether you're paleo, keto, craving meat or just a homesick South African, here are 7 of the best Biltongs in the the USA.
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Peri Peri Biltong // Brooklyn Biltong // Brooklyn, NY
In South Africa, biltong is a way of life. Everyone makes the salty sweet meat treats, but Brooklyn Biltong’s founder Ben was lucky: his Granddad’s was the best in town, and he spent his childhood filling paper bags with handfuls at his family’s Pretoria butcher shop. While you and your buddies suffered through Slim Jims, Ben snacked on juicy, rich strips of air-dried goodness. He still makes it the old way: marinated with spices and slowly cured, not dehydrated, and never heated so it stays supple and chewy, even though it’s built to last, staying fresh on pantry shelves or stuffed in saddlebags for a long road ahead — as if you can wait to dig in.
Black Garlic Biltong // Righteous Felon // West Chester, PA
A staple of Indigenous South African peoples such as the Khoikhoi, Biltong was developed to preserve meat without refrigeration. Long active days, meant a lean protein source was imperative and if this snack can fuel a wild game hunt in sub saharan Africa our guess is it’s not a bad 3pm hunger suppressor at the office. Until recently, it was reasonably difficult to attain stateside. Eat it out of the bag or treat Biltong like prosciutto in an salad or on a cheese platter.
Biltong // Braaitime // Keansburg, NJ
South Africa’s Dutch settlers sun-dried meat and vinegar to pack on their tramping treks across the blazing plains, and that power-packed protein snack is still a staple there today. Trade a sunny boulder for a family-owned, state-of-the-art drying facility in New Jersey — but keep that time-honored blend of coriander, vinegar, salt, pepper, and all-natural grass-fed beef — and you get this peasant prosciutto, richer and meatier than run-of-the-mill jerky.
Biltong // Made By True
Wanna hear a good pitch?
- No Nitrates & Nitrites
- No Preservatives
- No Hormones & Antibiotics
- Domestically Sourced Meats
- Globally Inspired Flavors
- Free Dental Floss!
Made By True makes truly some of the best Biltong stateside. They are dried meat veterans starting True Jerky in 2013 before getting into the Biltong arena. We are happy they did.
Kalahari Biltong // Cambridge, MA
Air dried American top-round beef with flavors like spicy peri peri, garlic and lime chili.
From the Maker:
"Kalahari Biltong was started after the adventure of a lifetime – where three best friends traveled to South Africa to race a total of 175 miles in an Ironman and Ultra Marathon, all within 6 days. Upon arrival, our South African teammate introduced us to his homeland’s unofficial national treasure, Biltong."
Ayoba Biltong // Springfield, VA
Quality cuts are spiced, marinated, and air dried up to fourteen days. The result is big flavor, big meatiness and big taste. You can go with spicy or original or try their Droewors (South African style beef sticks).
Stryve Beef Biltong // Plano, TX
Tasty air dried beef and bang on branding makes Stryve pop. Buy it in the slab or sliced and take home this South African family recipe. Stryve has creative twists like Mesquite BBQ and Teriyaki.
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