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jamaican jerk sauce recipe

Private Recipe by
Raven Higheagle
Prescott, AZ

Thyme, allspice, Scotch bonnet peppers, and garlic are key ingredients in Jamaican jerk recipes. It is supposed to be quite spicy, so do not skimp on the peppers. Use this authentic spicy jerk rub on chicken, pork, fish, or vegetables. If you have any leftover sauce, refrigerate it. It will keep a very long time. Be sure to wear gloves when cleaning the peppers and putting on the marinade. The peppers will mellow a bit with heat.

yield serving(s)
prep time 15 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Refrigerate/Freeze

Ingredients For jamaican jerk sauce recipe

  • 1/2 c
    ground allspice berries
  • 1/2 c
    packed brown sugar
  • 8 clove
  • 6
    scotch bonnet peppers, seeded and cored (wear gloves!)
  • 1 Tbsp
    ground thyme or 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 bunch
    escallions (green onions)
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    fresh nutmeg
  • kosher salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp
    soy sauce to moisten

How To Make jamaican jerk sauce recipe

  • 1
    Place allspice, brown sugar, garlic, Scotch bonnet peppers, thyme, scallions, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, pepper, and soy sauce in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  • 2
    You may use whole allspice berries, if available, but use enough to give the equivalent of 1/2 cup ground. (Allspice berries and scotch bonnets are key ingredients.)
  • 3
    Keep this sauce refrigerated and it will virtually keep forever. Feel free to increase the hot peppers and garlic.
  • 4
    Rub the meat (chicken, pork or beef) with the seasoning. If using a pork shoulder, score the fat and rub in. With chicken, be sure to rub under skin and in cavities.
  • 5
    The jerk sauce may also be used with fish, but use a firm-fleshed fish like grouper.
  • 6
    Marinate overnight. Grill over a low fire until done. Charcoal is best, but not essential.
  • 7
    Meat will be smoked "pinkish" when done, and the skin will be nice and dark.
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