The #1 question we receive from others who are new to the idea of biltong and/or do not know what it is goes something like this: "What is the difference between biltong and jerky?" We realize that Jerky is a common meat snack in the United States and depending on the brand of jerky, biltong and jerky may look similar. However, BILTONG is NOT JERKY.
As a biltong producing company, we're going to highlight some of the key differences between our healthy beef biltong snacks and beef jerky in this article.
- Difference #1: Curing Process
Beef biltong are cuts of beef slabs that are hung and air dried for 14-21 days after being cured with apple cider vinegar and other minimal ingredients.
Beef jerky is typically cured through a marinating process with many different ingredients. High heat is used to dry the meat with the use of smoker and/or dehydrator.
- Difference #2: Ingredients
Our beef biltong is soaked in apple cider vinegar and rubbed with spices including ground coriander, salt, and our family secret spice blend. We do NOT add preservatives, NO artificial flavors and NO sugar of any kind.
Beef Jerky often consists of a combination of several ingredients including soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, and a sweetener (often brown sugar or honey) and even possibly liquid smoke.
BOTTOM LINE: If you're looking for a healthy, high protein meat snack with no artificial flavors, no additives, no sugar, BILTONG is for you! Don't take our word for it, taste it yourself!
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