The basic biltong recipe includes salt, vinegar, coriander, saltpeter (for the colour) and pepper. The ideal conditions for drying biltong are cool, very dry weather. The drying is the tricky bit, if it goes too slow your delicious piece of meat will turn green and that's never good. So special 'biltong boxes' are built to let just enough heat and air in to produce the perfect biltong.
Where Can You Get Biltong?
In the US:
The best biltong I've tasted in the US was from 4Biltong.com. They don't have a wide range of products, just biltong and boerewors, but both are delicious. If you want good biltong along with Mrs Balls Chutney, Rooibos tea and chappies, then check out the South African Food Shop.
Other US Biltong retail outlets include:
In the UK:
You can get biltong fairly easily in the UK since there are lots of Southern Africans living there. Biltong2u Ltd. offers both beef and a wide variety of game biltong and Susman's Best Beef Biltong also has a good choice of biltong types and flavors.
Other UK Biltong retail outlets include:
Make Your Own Biltong
Of course it's cheaper to make your own Biltong and there are plenty of sites that have recipes and ideas for the meat lovers out there. The most comprehensive biltong web site I found is a South African site called Biltongmakers.com (yes, biltong deserves entire web sites dedicated to it).
You can also contact Richard Weldon (email@example.com) who has invented a very nifty Biltong maker that can be shipped all over the world. It makes biltong in a matter of days, perfect for people like myself who can never plan ahead. See the second image in this feature to see what it looks like.