From humble beginnings we have established ourselves as suppliers of some of the best Biltong money can buy. Barefoot Biltong is now a thriving, privately owned family business based in East Yorkshire, founded in 2013. Barefoot Biltong is fast become a leader in its field throughout the UK for one of the biggest selection of Artisan biltong and an ever-increasing selection of South African Products.
Even though we have African roots, we are proud to be here in the United Kingdom at the beginning of the Barefoot Biltong journey. We will never lose focus of the fact that the consumers’ needs change on a daily basis and with this in mind we always explore new and exciting ideas and variations. Our reputation is built on our commitment to provide only the best quality products with the best customer service.
Our products are renowned across the UK because of our delicious and mouthwatering flavours which not only rekindle the taste of Southern Africa but also convert the taste buds of the British population.
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History of Biltong
Biltong is a 400 year old traditional mildly spiced, salted and air dried meat product from South Africa. The word comes from Dutch with ‘BIL’ meaning buttock and ‘TONG’ meaning strip. It has been produced and eaten for hundreds of years yet it is still enjoyed by many South Africans and remains very much a part of the county’s heritage. There are typically two types of Biltong, beef and game. Beef is the most commonly used meat for making Biltong, and therefore, the most readily available.
What is Biltong?
Anyone familiar with Biltong can tell you that no two batches will ever be exactly the same, just as recipes for this fantastic snack vary from person to person, the best ones are closely guarded secrets passed down through generations.
Biltong vs. Beef Jerky
This is probably a matter of personal taste, but if you are a South African it will be more a matter of national pride in this beefy battle. Both biltong and jerky are forms of dried meat with the main difference being in their preparation methods. Beef Jerky is common in the Caribbean and the US, whereas Biltong has a long history in South Africa and has spread to Europe and Australasia along with South African expats.
Jerky is normally very thin meat compared to the meat used in Biltong. Typically Biltong meat is cut in strips approximately 1 inch wide - but can be found to be even thicker.
The vinegar and salt in biltong, together with the drying process, cures the meat as well as adding texture and flavour. Jerky is traditionally dried without vinegar and cooked first.
If you have been to South Africa you will know the blood of Africa runs through ones veins.
One of our founders, Jacqui, previously lived in South Africa and was personally involved with The South Luangwa Conservation Society whilst in Zambia. “Being a ranger was not a choice of mine but a calling.”
Although based in the UK, her heart will always beat to an African drum!
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