The next review on Braaitime will focus on a 4 ounce/113 gram bag of their peri peri beef biltong flavor. This biltong was graciously submitted for review by the owners, Warren Pala and his wife Nicolle.
This family owned and operated Braaitime brand name is distributed by Braaitime LLC. They are located in Keansburg, New Jersey, and were founded in 2006 after immigrating from South Africa. The word ‘Braai’ is Dutch, meaning barbecue or grill. Following the true authentic traditions of South African biltong, it is air dried, as opposed to dried or cooked in something such as a dehydrator. As a result of being air dried, biltong is considered to be healthier than jerky. No enzymes are destroyed in the drying process, where the intact enzymes help break down the beef in our bodies. They also offer other South African based products such as droëwors and boerewors.
Ingredients: Beef, Salt, Vinegar, Black Pepper, Coriander.
The beef used is guaranteed to be ethically raised, meaning the cattle are never given growth hormones. There are no guarantees that the cattle have at least partial free range access to graze on grass, but Braaitime does offer a 100% grass-fed line of their products that would receive an Excellent (10/10) ingredient rating.
The liquid marinade is just healthy vinegar. Black Pepper is used, which some people refer to as the king of spices. Interestingly, the herb coriander is used, which is fairly common to biltong. It is a member of the parsley family, and also known as cilantro that offers many health benefits.
Admirably, there is no sugar used whatsoever in this biltong. The salt level is high at 470mg of salt per 28 grams of jerky. However, while not explicitly stated in the ingredient list, it is negated because minimally refined sea salt is used, as opposed to highly refined table salt. Sea salt is high on essential and trace minerals.
This jerky does qualify to have no sodium nitrite, or use any other similar unhealthy preservatives. Instead, the main preservative used is salt. To the credit of Braaitime, there is no MSG added.
Very Good (9/10) – Ingredient Rating
These strips of biltong are small in size, and sliced to a medium thickness. They are near a soft and tender texture, but not quite, and are easy to chew. There is a considerable amount of fat that greatly adds to the overall natural beef flavor. No oily residue is left on your fingers while handling this biltong.
The first taste detected is a moderately strong vinegar taste. There is a mild coriander flavor, and a moderate salt level. With no sweetness, the natural beef flavor stands out. Especially when there is a good deal of fat.
This peri peri flavor delivers a good deal of spiciness. On a heat scale, it would rate 1 or 2 out of 4 depending on your tolerance for heat. Overall, this biltong is awesome.
This 4 ounce/113 gram bag sells online for $9.99. That works out to $2.50 an ounce, which rates as a slightly expensive price. The price is cheaper if you order larger quantities. This biltong is recommended as worth your money, especially if you enjoy a spicy flavor.
Excellent (10/10) – Taste Rating
This resealable plastic bag has a label affixed to both the front and back. The logo resembles a coil of South African boerewors sizzling on the grill (Braai).
Their slogan is “Gourmet Cured Meats”. The only fact displayed on this bag is “Seasoned Dried Beef”. On the back, there is a great blurb printed about the Braaitime commitment to providing a quality product, and the health benefits of consuming biltong.
All bag categories are addressed here with the minor exception that the weight is not stated in grams. Despite having slits to easily open the bag, we still found it a challenge to open this bag. To the credit of Braaitime, a toll free phone number is provided for customer inquiries. While not stated on the bag itself, a satisfaction guaranteed policy is offered.
Order their biltong online: www.braaitime.com
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