What Is the Difference Between Jerky and Biltong?

Have you wondered what the difference between jerky and biltong is?  Why would you have one and not the other? Aren’t they basically the same?

The History of Jerky and Biltong

The word ‘jerky’ may seem like a strange term for a meat-based food, but we promise that this is as scary as it gets. Jerky in its most simple form, is meat that has been preserved with salt and smoke. Doesn’t sound so scary now, does it?

Jerky originates from a South American Native tribe, and derives from the word “ch’arki”, meaning to burn meat (Wild West isn’t burnt, we promise). It has been a popular delicacy across North and South America since the 1500’s, and in most recent years it has made its way over to the UK.

Biltong comes from South Africa, it was a dried meat that the indigenous people produced which the settlers from Europe took a lead from. This dried meat went on to become biltong. Interestingly, the name biltong comes from the Dutch words ‘bil’, meaning rump, and ‘tong’ meaning strip or tongue.

What is Wild West Jerky? 

Wild West jerky is made from beef silverside, British chicken breast or Scottish farmed Atlantic salmon. The proteins are then trimmed by hand and marinated in store cupboard ingredients such as soy sauce and apple cider vinegar.  The proteins are then slowly cooked and smoked over applewood or beechwood.

What is biltong?

Biltong is made from whole beef that is trimmed and rubbed in herbs and spices. The beef is then air-dried and picked when it is just at the right level of moistness. Biltong is usually low in carbs and fat depending on the brand.

How Does Jerky Compare to Other Snacks?

Of course we would say that our jerky is lower in calories, fat and sugar than other snacks. But don’t just take our word for it:


How Many Calories Are in Jerky?

Not many. Most of our 25g packs are under 80 calories so you can snack away guilt free.

  • Wild West Original Beef Jerky 25g – 79 Calories: This is the OG jerky. Classic in taste and full of flavour, Wild West Original has a slight peppery tang.
  • Wild West Jalapeño Beef Jerky 25g – 78 Calories: If you prefer your jerky to have a bit more kick, Jalapeño is the way to go. Not too spicy that it will blow your socks off, but warm enough to give you a gentle kick.
  • Wild West Fajita Spice Chicken Jerky 25g – 72 Calories: If you’re not a beef lover, why not try chicken? Our Fajita Spice flavour will give you the taste of Mexico.

Where Can I buy It?

The great thing about Wild West Jerky is that it’s available to purchase nationwide and throughout Europe. You can buy it in supermarkets, petrol forecourts, convenience stores and lots of online outlets too. If there is somewhere you’d like to be able to buy it, let us know and we’ll pay them a visit to see what we can do.

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