Biltong Vs Jerky: What's The Difference?

Biltong Vs Jerky: What's The Difference?

If you're a fan of dried meats you've probably come across beef biltong and beef jerky at your local supermarket, but what exactly is the difference between the two?

Let's take a closer look

Biltong is a type of dried meat that originates from South Africa. It's made by curing strips of whole meat with vinegar and spices before air-drying it for several days (our biltong is cured for 8 days!). The result is chewy, thick cuts of flavourful meat that's perfect for enjoying on-the-go. Doctor Proctor’s biltong is made from beef, but you can also find versions made with game meats like ostrich or venison. 

Jerky on the other hand, is a type of dried meat that's popular in the United States. Unlike biltong, jerky is made by marinating strips of pre-cut meat in a mixture of spice and sauce, and then cooking it in a dehydrator until it's dry. This gives jerky more of a brittle texture than biltong, and a slightly sweeter flavour. Like biltong, jerky can be made from any type of meat, but beef is by far the most popular option.

So which one should you choose? 

If you're looking for a hearty, protein-packed snack to enjoy on hikes, long road trips, or on your work break, biltong is a great option as it is low in sugar and quite filling. On the other hand, if you’re looking to try my elaborate flavours or enjoy a sweet snack to nibble on at parties with a drink in hand, jerky might be the go.

What every you choose, both beef biltong and beef jerky make for delicious treats that are perfect for satisfying your hunger on-the-go. While they may look similar at first glance, biltong and jerky actually have quite different textures and flavours, so it's best to try both and make the decision for yourself!  

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