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Biltong Alcohol Pairings: A Recipe for Great Taste


Biltong, a form of dried, cured meat originating from South Africa, is made using a method that involves the meat being rubbed down with salt and often vinegar. Because of this, the meat is very flavorful and pairs well with many different beverages. 

Biltong Alcohol Pairings

Biltong pairs well with wine

White wines such as Xarello, Sauvignon Blanc, Godello, Albarino and Riesling all taste great when paired with the salty and savory taste of biltong.

Red wines that pair best with biltong include soft red wines that have had a light oak aging such as Grenache, Pinot Noir, Tempranillo and Syrah.

Biltong also matches well with high-aroma sangrias.

Biltong pairs well with beer

The saltiness of biltong also combines perfectly with certain beers, specifically with low-fermented beers and high-fermented beers. When pairing with beer it is best to serve the beer ice cold, so that it provides a crisp and refreshing snack.

Biltong pairs well with liquor

Biltong tastes great when combined with Fino or Amontillado style sherry, as well as vermouth. Biltong is both sweet and salty due to the vinegar and salt used in the curing process. Therefore, beverages with a bitter component will provide a delicious contrast to the biltong flavor.

Cocktails with a bitter component like gin and tonic or whisky and ginger ale make for a perfect pairing.

Because biltong is so versatile it can be added to numerous dishes and appetizers. So whether you’re eating it on it’s own as a snack, as part of a stew or soup for dinner, or mixed into a dip for a delicious appetizer, it can always be paired with your alcoholic beverage of choice.

Now head over to our biltong store, so you can try some of these amazing combinations out for yourself!