Biltong is silverside of beef that is dried and marinated to a traditional South African recipe of rock salt, pepper, coarsely ground coriander and vinegar. The meat is then air-dried and sliced ready to enjoy.
Biltong is made using beef or game meat such as kudu, impala or ostrich. Biltong is typically sold as long fillets of meat or more commonly as flat pieces cut across the grain of the meat. It has a very distinctive taste following its lengthy preparation procedure and has therefore become a traditional South African delicacy enjoyed by many as a snack enjoyed at many sporting events, when training or at home watching a sporting event.
The history of biltong goes back to the Dutch Voortrekkers travelling from the Cape inland into South Africa. They needed food to sustain themselves and realised that the only way to preserve meat, was to hang it out to dry.