Biltong is as South African as can be and we pay a fortune for our weekly biltong with the big match.

But have ever tried to make it yourself? Here is a simple  biltong recipe which is really not complicated and it tastes great.

What you need

5kg sirloin/rump steak
500g salt
1 cup of brown sugar
1 cup coriander coriander seeds, cracked
2 tablespoons bicarbonate of soda
1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
1 cup red wine vinegar

The process

Start by slicing the meat into strips, with the natural grain of the meat. We like our finished product to be a little moist inside so cut the strips about 5cm wide. You can cut them thinner if you prefer.

Now mix the salt, pepper, cracked coriander, bicarb and sugar together in a bowl to form a rubbing mixture.

Take a large glass or stainless steel container, rub some of the misture into each piece of meat make a single layer in the bottom of the container. Splash some of the vinegar over the layer of meat strips and then continue the same process until all of the meat is layered and you have no vinegar left.

You now need to cover the container with cling film and leave it to marinade for 12-24 hours depending on the thickness of the meat and the intensity of the flavor you desire. 5cm thick strips and 18 hours is perfect.

Now you need to find a cool dry and well ventilated place to hang the meat(you can hang it high up in the garage covered with a mosquito net)

Prepare s shaped galvanized wire hooks to hang the meat on and hang them until the outside is dark and the center is according to your taste.

Depending on the dryness of the air and the ventilation, the time will vary. If you are in a hurry, use a slow fan to keep the air circulating around the meat.

Source: cookbook.co.za

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