Cookbook:Biltong (Zambian Dried and Salted Meat)

Biltong (Zambian Dried and Salted Meat)
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Biltong is a popular Zambian snack that consists of dried and salted meat. It is similar to beef jerky but has its unique flavor and preparation method. Biltong is a favorite among Zambians and is often enjoyed as a savory and protein-rich snack.




  • Butcher's hooks or kitchen hooks
  • Butcher's twine or string
  • Airtight container


  1. In a bowl, mix together the salt, ground coriander, ground black pepper, brown sugar, and ground cayenne pepper to create the biltong spice blend.
  2. Dip each slice of meat in the vinegar, then coat them with the spice blend. Make sure each slice is evenly covered with the spices.
  3. Once all the meat slices are coated, place them in a single layer on a clean surface and let them marinate for about 30 minutes to allow the flavors to penetrate the meat.
  4. After marinating, use the butcher's hooks or kitchen hooks to hang the meat slices on a drying rack or any suitable hanging space with good circulation. Make sure to leave space between each slice for air circulation.
  5. Allow the meat to air-dry for about 3–5 days, depending on the desired level of dryness. The biltong is ready when it is dry to the touch and has a chewy texture.
  6. Once the biltong is dried to your preference, store it in an airtight container to maintain its freshness.

Notes, tips, and variations

  • Biltong can be made using various types of meat, such as beef, game meat, or even ostrich meat, depending on availability and preference.
  • Adjust the amount of cayenne pepper according to your taste preference for spiciness.
  • For a more traditional drying method, you can use a biltong box or dehydrator to dry the meat.
  • Biltong is a high-protein snack.
  • It is a great on-the-go snack and a delicious way to enjoy preserved meat.