Author Topic: Is this normal for Billtong?  (Read 1177 times)

Offline gpewett

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Is this normal for Billtong?
« on: January 05, 2018, 11:22:53 AM »
I used eye of round roast and followed Jack's recipe to make Billtong. After letting it cure under a ceiling fan for a week I tried it out and was very disappointed. It tastes like nothing, there is a light after taste of meet but other than that it's like eating really low quality unseasoned jerky and it is very difficult to cut. What am I doing wrong? I used organic coriander powder, fermented apple cider vinegar, fresh cracked black pepper and sea salt. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Is this normal for Billtong?
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2018, 11:52:49 AM »
I haven't made biltong yet, but if I recall correctly, I believe you're supposed to cut the meat into strips first then after marinating hang the strips to dry. It appears from your photo that you marinated the whole roast.

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Re: Is this normal for Billtong?
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2018, 11:59:43 AM »
You are correct. You have to cut the biltong into strips to let it dry. Should taste much better. Cut little strips and hang them with a bent paper clip or clothes pins.

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Re: Is this normal for Billtong?
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2018, 08:40:54 PM »
Hey all, this is my first post on the TSP forum, and I'm going to piggyback on the topic if I might;

Just tried making/eating biltong for the first time using both venison steak and eye-of-round beef. Followed the video Jack has, hung it to dry by a fan in an arid basement location for about 2 weeks (after about 5 days it all had a strong "not-quite-right" taste, so I let it hang longer in hopes of that drying out of the meat), and just had a slice off of one of the smaller pieces of beef... IT TASTES LIKE FISH!

I fear to try anymore, seeing as the initial taste after 5 days wasn't pleasant, and after 2 weeks it seriously has a "I'll take the tunaroll, please" fish flavor. Which, I'm pretty sure BEEF isn't supposed to have...

So, where'd I go wrong? Or AM I wrong, and that's just an underlying flavor of biltong that no one talks about...?

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Re: Is this normal for Billtong?
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2018, 12:51:29 PM »
Fresh ground coriander will make a big difference as well. It is very inexpensive at Asian grocery stores.