Is there anything better than savory, salty, thin slices of cured meat? With a little kick of spice? Glad you asked because yes, yes there is. It's not prosciutto. It's not even pepperoni. It is called Biltong and it is savory, spicy, thin slices of pepper-spiced air-dried vinegared beef. Tender like the finest steaks and cut thinly across the grain to ensure your happiness from bite to bite, this biltong is like nothing under the jerky sun. From Ayoba-yo, those experts of all things meaty and South African. ~
For the true, true stories behind this incredible foodstuff, read on.
Biltong what? Basically, it's tangy dried slices of steak. Not jerky, not sausage. And it is decidedly a beloved food from South Africa, replete with spices and seasonings. This perfectly portioned sack of marinated Spicy Biltong is made with fiery peppers to bring fire to your tongue and a smile to your face.
The company Ayoba-yo (ah-yo-bah-yo!) was created to bring the flavors of their family's native country to the United States, and boy howdy are they getting it right.
The first time you eat a slice of biltong it will tickle your taste buds in all the right ways, like the first experience with salt and vinegar chips. This time you're in for an adventure: this ain't your typical meat snack. Neither overly salty nor weirdly sweet like packaged jerky can be, each morsel of beef is both tender and chewy. Tiny bits of healthy fat appear in the slices, only heightening the satiation. But oh that flavor: STRONG. Are these slices meaty? Does a cow moo? You'll taste just enough gaminess to make it interesting and just enough zing from the vinegar to tame the umami.
Interested yet? You can bet that a package of these will last but one day; order a few to be sure. Share with your family, friends, or even your co-workers. They'll soon be on the bandwagon and you'll be on the way to the next employee of the month.
Ayoba-yo's story, in their own words
If you were born in South Africa it is most likely that you cut your teeth on a stick of biltong. This is certainly true of every one of the van Blommestein Family. It is in our blood, along with the sounds, smells, colors and vibrancy of South Africa. Understandable then that we would miss biltong, boerewors, and droëwors so much. We have lived in the US for almost 15 years now and have found replacements for, or are used to living without most of the things we love, however, we were not able to live without our beloved meats.
So, we put our South African resourcefulness and creativity to work, dusted off the family recipe book, and got to work making our own biltong, boerewors and droëwors. What started off as a Saturday morning hobby between a father and his sons, quickly grew into something more. We subjected our friends and family to taste-testing (they certainly weren't complaining) and after some small tweaking of the recipes, we ended up with the deliciousness that you can experience today. It is a family affair and everyone pitches in at some level of labor or love to get our meat into your belly.
Answers to all your questions
Just what is Biltong, anyway?
Biltong is a delicious flavor and texture combination that falls somewhere between jerky and prosciutto. The process is simple, yet delicate. We start with the best cuts of beef and spice it to perfection using an old family recipe, marinate it, and air dry it for over fourteen days. The result is a tender piece of beef with a naturally explosive flavor. Our biltong recipe uses minimal ingredients, void of artificial preservatives and flavors, to give it the authentic taste that everyone loves. It is also high in protein, and contains 0% sugar, making it the perfect workout and diet snack.