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    Posted: 13 March 2012 at 12:46
Rump Biltong
South African Dry Beef

This used to be made by the farmers to preserve their meat.

Here's what you need:

2 Lb beef rump
Mix of spices (see photo below)
Brown vinegar

In a container sprinkle some spices. Put the first layers of meat, then sprinkle spices and some vinegar on the meat and repeat until all is done.

Into to the fridge it goes for 24 hours.

Hang the meat in the cellar with a fan for air circulation for 7 days.

Here are some photos, starting with the curing and spice mix:



Here is the brown vinegar:



The beef:



Start with spices and cure in the bottom layer:



Add beef and then more spices and vinegar on every layer



After 24 hours in the fridge hang it to dry for 7 days with good air circulation:







7 days later, it is ready:



Yum!





It has a great taste.
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Ahron - biltong is one that I have been wanting to try! Two questions, if I may:

a) What purpose does the bicarbonate of soda serve? I am guessing to help in drying or perhaps to counteract the vinegar?

b) I am not familiar with brown vinegar - is that the same as we call malt vinegar here in the US?

Thank you for posting, my friend! It looks wonderfully delicious, and I love your wine/meat cellar!
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Hi Ron

The vinegar is a brown spiritĀ or malt vinegar. TheĀ vinegar and the bicarbonate of soda is to protect the meat from bacteria.

Biltong from venison is a marriage from heaven.
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I started a batch of Ahron's biltong tonight, using 2 pounds of hind-quarter roast from a mule deer.

My youngest son cut the roast into wide strips about 1/2- to 3/4-inch thick while I put the curing and spice mix together, following the measurements above as given by Ahron; the only difference is that I used Morton's Tender Quick rather than Cure #1 and salt combined:

1/4 teaspoon sodium bicarbonate
1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dark brown cane sugar
4 teaspoons Morton Tender Quick
4 teaspoons toasted, ground coriander

We layered the spice mix, venison and a total of 6 teaspoons of malt vinegar in a large ziplock bag; after sealing the bag closed, we gently massaged the it and its contents in order to ensure that the cure and spices were evenly distributed, then put the bag into the refrigerator.

Once the 24-hour curing time has passed, we'll dry the biltong as described above. Judging by the aroma coming from this combination of spices, I am guessing that this will be some great stuff!
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A quick update on this:

Our biltong actually cured for 48 hours instead of 24, simply due to our being busy...no big deal.

We placed the cured meat on racks in an enclosed space with good airflow (safe from our cats!) and are currently waiting out the drying time. Our slices of venison are a little smaller and thinner than those shown in Ahron's photos; more like elongated medallions, rather than strips. Because of this, the drying time may be different; however, our airflow is not going to be quite as good due to the enclosed space, so it might even out.

This combination smells really nice; the garlic and coriander are a match made in Heaven, and the elements of the malt vinegar add a really nice depth. I believe that this is going to turn out very well.

I am considering getting a beef round steak to try this with as well, more akin to what Ahron made in his opening post; If I do, I will post progress here and hopefully include a few photos.
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