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Old 06-01-2021, 07:41 AM   #1
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My son and grandson went to South Africa in 2019, they had a blast. Took many trophies and made some good friends. They both came back raving about the biltong they ate while there. They were in the Limpopo area and said every store sold biltong, and the Safari outfitter made their own. My son knew I would like it and tried to smuggle some home. It is not legal to do so. The biltong was removed from the suitcase and returned 10 days later.Why is this biltong not popular enough to be made and sold here. I'm in the greater Houston area and the world wide web has only one ad here in Houston. What's the opinion of the African hunters who have tried this Biltong? We are scheduled to go to Limpopo this September and I can't wait to see all of the animals on my hit list and experience all of the greatness of Africa. And try the BILTONG.
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Old 06-01-2021, 07:48 AM   #2
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I want to try it! i think there is a couple places around Houston/Katy you can get it.
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Old 06-01-2021, 08:01 AM   #3
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Africa is great! Iíve hunted there 4 times. Each time Iíve tried biltong. Each time Iíve vowed to never eat that nasty stuff again. If I want jerky, there are waaaaaaay better offers here in the US than any African biltong!

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Old 06-01-2021, 08:05 AM   #4
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Biltong is not jerky, so don't go in thinking it is.

I have bought it at Aldi, but it was a limited offering.

It is just plain nasty……..
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Old 06-01-2021, 08:07 AM   #5
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Amazon has loads of it, if you want to try it
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Old 06-01-2021, 08:34 AM   #6
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Sounds like one of those things that has lots of factors as to your impression.

You can find threads on here with folks who love aoudad and lists who hate it. So many factors and pallets
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Old 06-01-2021, 08:37 AM   #7
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My ex in-laws were from S Africa and he used to talk about it. Sounded disgusting to me


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Old 06-01-2021, 08:38 AM   #8
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Maybe there was a Lot of Whisky involved while eating it ;-)
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Old 06-01-2021, 08:42 AM   #9
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ate it, made it, was ok. just have better things to do with good meat.
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Old 06-01-2021, 08:45 AM   #10
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My brother had some he picked up in Bandera. Wasnít bad. Lots of fat on it though.
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Old 06-01-2021, 08:51 AM   #11
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I’ve had Cape Buffalo biltong and while it was OK, I certainly wouldn’t eat it over good beef jerky. To each their own, glad they enjoyed it.
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Old 06-01-2021, 09:08 AM   #12
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Like you, I was excited to try it when we got there. After buying a few bags, me and my crew weren't impressed.
PH didn't eat it either and told us to make sure and get it at a store and not to buy it from street vendors when we were on sight seeing trips.
Have fun on your trip, it's a blast!
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Old 06-01-2021, 09:15 AM   #13
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When I was in the Cape, I bought a few different brands at small local stores and gas stations as we traveled to several different concessions. Some were downright nasty and others were sorta edible imho. I prefer our venison jerky thatís cured with smoke over African air dried biltong. Thereís plenty to be had on the good old Amazon/ internet. If you just got to have it, try a few different ones as they are not all created equal.
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Old 06-01-2021, 09:25 AM   #14
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Like you, I was excited to try it when we got there. After buying a few bags, me and my crew weren't impressed.
PH didn't eat it either and told us to make sure and get it at a store and not to buy it from street vendors when we were on sight seeing trips.
Have fun on your trip, it's a blast!
Is it covered with fly blow ? Or is it salt and pepper dipped to prevent fly larvae
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Old 06-01-2021, 09:46 AM   #15
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I've had it every time I've been over there. 4 trips. Its ok, but I prefer jerky. Biltong is really moist jerky, for lack of a better description. Only, I prefer the flavor of jerky and not a big fan of really chewy meat. Overall, not a fan, but can see how some would like it. I feel like if you are making Jerky, pull it out of the dehydrator when it is about half way done. That is what the consistency of biltong is.
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Old 06-01-2021, 10:12 AM   #16
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Thanks for the feedback, seems there are some dislike it, some so so, prefer jerky. Not really getting the like or really like ones. If you tried it in Africa most likely is was a plains animal. Different from beef, I guess as I have not tried it. Some youtube videos looks pretty good, simple spices and different vinegars could change the taste. I look forward to trying it at the ranch we will stay at ,Sabudawn Safari headquarters.
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Old 06-01-2021, 10:28 AM   #17
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I have never been to South Africa, but I have a South African buddy that makes it out of beef and gives me some. His is delicious. The few times I bought it in a store here in the US it has been awful.
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Old 06-01-2021, 12:02 PM   #18
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It's edible but good jerky is far better.
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Old 06-01-2021, 12:21 PM   #19
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Ive made it before. Too gummy of a texture. Rather have jerky.
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Old 06-01-2021, 02:01 PM   #20
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I'll eat but venison jerky is better. Spent a few months in SA myself and have ate few different types.
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Old 06-01-2021, 02:02 PM   #21
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Is it covered with fly blow ? Or is it salt and pepper dipped to prevent fly larvae
PH emphasized it could be told it was a certain antelope, but chances were higher it could be baboon or any road kill they could sell to an unsuspecting tourist.
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Old 06-01-2021, 02:16 PM   #22
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We made a big batch from the Eland bull my wife shot while we were in South Africa. It was great. Itís the same as jerky minus the smoke. Well itís the same as cold smoked jerky. Itís not the cooked crap you buy at the gas station.

Our PH brought us 2 big bags of the seasoning. Probably enough seasoning to make 1000 pounds. We made a batch out of axis winter before last and it was good. Itís just hard to air dry it here with the weather not as cold and dry like it is there.

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Old 06-01-2021, 02:35 PM   #23
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My grandparents and mom are from South Africa. My grandpa has made it before and I was a big fan of it.


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Old 06-01-2021, 02:39 PM   #24
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https://www.happiebeesbiltong.com/?g...SAAEgLNcPD_BwE
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Old 06-01-2021, 03:21 PM   #25
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I make it out of last year's venison roasts if I have any left at the beginning of the new season. I like it pretty well. It's not jerky, but it is good.

Basic recipe, sent to me by a friend in SA
5kg of meat. They like rump roast/silverside if using beef. You want big chunks. I use ham roasts.
1 C brown sugar
500g coarse salt (not table salt, they say specifically)
2 T baking soda
1 cup of broken up coriander seeds (You can use ground coriander)
1 T cracked black pepper (I use a lot more)

Mix all the ingredients, and rub on the meat. Place in one layer in a glass container. Spray with red wine vinegar. Cover the container with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for 24 hours.

Hang it in a cool, dry place. I tend to put it in a corner of my garage, with a box fan running but not pointed at it. You want subtle air movement, not full on fan.

It will turn dark colored and hard on the outside. After 2 days the thinner spots may be OK. I've let it hang as long at 10 days.

Slice and eat.
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Old 06-01-2021, 03:24 PM   #26
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Whataburger sounds much better!
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Old 06-01-2021, 03:25 PM   #27
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Old 06-01-2021, 07:14 PM   #28
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I have had “ jerky” from different places made thicker like is from old school processors, now most people make the really thin meat strips, I guess it’s easier to use a dehydrator and liquid smoke then take time to naturally cure with smoke and air circulation ( jerky has changed since I was a kid)
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Old 06-01-2021, 07:20 PM   #29
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I think our humidity in Houston would ruin it in my garage, I want to try it but idk where to hang it in the house. (That the wife approves of)
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Old 06-01-2021, 07:20 PM   #30
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Old 06-01-2021, 07:43 PM   #31
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I had it in Limpopo, and I liked it a lot. Not sure what critter I was eating, but I liked it a lot.
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Old 06-01-2021, 07:55 PM   #32
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Old 06-01-2021, 08:53 PM   #33
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I love it. Have some on the cutting board now. I was born in Johannesburg tho...
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Old 06-01-2021, 09:14 PM   #34
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My SA guy said it looked like biltong LOL.

Knife is an Artisan Shark, in the small size. Chinese meh.


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Old 06-02-2021, 07:10 AM   #35
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Why not? Just because it has pepper on it?


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