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It’s almost weekend and, of course, as any other weekend we’re getting ready for a lekker braai. We’ll be watching the Japanese Grand Prix, Football World Cup Qualifiers, ATP World Tour, Castle Lager Rugby and ODI cricket – hoping to see the Boks and Proteas make mincemeat of the All Blacks and Baggy Greens.

The question is, what will a weekend of friends and sport be without a bit of biltong? We surely don’t know. So if you happen to find yourself in the New York or San Diego areas, then it’s important you stop by at one of our favourite shops: Jonty Jacobs – purveyor of fine beef products. If you’re not in those areas of the USA – don’t worry, as this shop also delivers to your door!

Shop of the week: Jonty Jacobs – purveyor of fine beef products

Like so many stories of innovation and entrepreneurship, the story of Jonty Jacobs started with a bit of disappointment. South African-born and Australian-reared Monique Daniels was disappointed in the quality of cured beef products made in her new home country – the U.S. of A. We don’t want to say that we told her so because, well, we didn’t – but we could have told her so. Luckily, like all saffas, Monique made a plan – starting her own biltong business to put American jerky to shame.

Monique and her husband Camran opened Jonty Jacobs’ doors in 2013 and now offer US made, USDA approved South African products to satisfied palates across the US.

Unlike jerky, biltong does not contain chemicals or additives and isn’t cured with sodium nitrate. Instead, optimal cuts of meat are rubbed with vinegar and spices and dried naturally to preserve the meat’s flavour.

Jonty Jacobs products

In addition to their biltong, the Biltong Chief stocks other South African meat products and beer.

Products include:

  • Aged slab
  • Biltong slices – traditional cut – original cut
  • Biltong slices – traditional cut – grass fed
  • Biltong slices – lean cut – original spice
  • Biltong slices – lean cut – grass fed
  • Droewors – dried beef sausages spicy
  • Droewors – dried beef sausage spicy – grass fed
  • Biltong slab – traditional cut
  • Biltong slab – lean cut
  • Biltong slab – traditional cut – grass fed
  • Biltong slab – lean cut – grass fed
  • Jonty Jacobs spice blend
  • Jonty Jacobs boerewors beef and pork
  • Jonty Jacobs boerewors pure beef
  • Boerewors Pure Beef – grass fed
  • Sosaties – beef and lamb
  • Sosaties – beef, pork and lamb
  • Gift boxes
  • Hand crafted biltong cutter – large
  • Hand crafted biltong cutter – medium

Jonty Jacobs contact details

Hungry saffas can choose between their online shop or visit one of their branches in New York or San Diego.

New York

Address: 114 Christopher Street, West Village, NY, 10014

Phone: 646 490 5312

Trading hours: Mon – Fri: 12:00 – 19:00, Sat: 12:00 – 18:00, Sun: 12:00 – 17:00

San Diego

Address: The International Shop, 1237 Prospect Street, Suite V, La Jolla, CA, 92037

Phone: 858 750 2501

Trading hours: Mon – Sat: 11:00 – 17:00, Sun: closed.

Special features

Jonty Jacobs seems to have made quite an impression on Americans. In fact, the shop has been featured in publications like the Huffington Post, NY Times, Fox News and New York Post.

If you want to know more about this amazing South African store, feel free to follow them on Twitter or Facebook.

Remember to check in again next week for your South African expat shopping feature.