Jerk is a style of cooking native to Jamaica in which meats are dry-rubbed or wet marinated with a very hot spice mixture called Jamaican jerk spice. Jerk seasoning is traditionally applied to pork and chicken. Modern recipes also apply jerk spice mixes to fish, shrimp, shellfish, beef, sausage, and tofu. Jerk seasoning principally relies upon two items: allspice (called "pimento" in Jamaica) and Scotch bonnet peppers (among the hottest peppers on the Scoville scale). Other ingredients include cloves, cinnamon, scallions, nutmeg, thyme, garlic, and salt. (reference Wikipedia) Ok, so you have some chicken and a few spices combined with a little smoke! But is your recipe the great one? If you have a favorite Jerked Chicken recipe or link, please post it in the comment box! We would love to try different recipes! All Recipes, Jays jerked chicken Ingredients 6 green onions, chopped 1 onion, chopped 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced 3/4 cup soy sauce 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar 1/4 cup vegetable oil 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice 1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves Directions In a food processor or blender, combine the green onions, onion, jalapeno pepper, soy sauce, vinegar, vegetable oil, brown sugar, thyme, cloves, nutmeg and allspice. Mix for about 15 seconds. Place the chicken in a medium bowl, and coat with the marinade. Refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours, or overnight. Preheat grill for high heat. Lightly oil grill grate. Cook chicken on the prepared grill 6 to 8 minutes, until juices run clear.
- 5 pounds chicken pieces
- 2 cups distilled white vinegar, plus 1 teaspoon
- 2 cups finely chopped scallions
- 2 Scotch bonnets, seeded and minced (please wear gloves)
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 5 teaspoons ground allspice
- 2 bay leaves
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme, crumbled
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 cups Jamaican Barbecue Sauce, to serve, recipe follows
Rinse chicken pieces well in 2 cups of the vinegar, drain, transfer to 2 sealable plastic bags and set aside.
In the bowl of a food processor
combine remaining 1 teaspoon vinegar, scallions, Scotch bonnets, soy sauce, lime juice, allspice
, bay leaves
, garlic, salt, sugar, thyme, and cinnamon. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the jerk marinade
for the Jamaican Barbecue Sauce. Rinse chicken
pieces well under cold running water and pat dry with paper towels. Divide chicken pieces between 2 heavy-duty gallon plastic sealable bags and divide marinade evenly between the 2. Turn bags over to evenly distribute marinade, and refrigerate chicken for at least 24 hours and up to 2 days. On an oiled grill rack set about 6 inches above red-hot coals, grill chicken (in batches if necessary), covered, for 10 to 15 minutes on each side, or until cooked through. Transfer to a warm platter and keep warm until serving.
Serve with Jamaican Barbecue Sauce
, alongside fried plantains
, rice, or bread of choice.
Jamaican Barbecue Sauce:
- 1 1/4 cups ketchup
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons Jamaican hot pepper sauce
- 2 tablespoons Jerk marinade (reserved from associated recipe)
- 3 scallions, minced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
- 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/3 cup distilled white vinegar
- 3 tablespoons dark rum
In a medium non-reactive saucepan
combine all ingredients except rum and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat to a simmer and continue to cook another 12 minutes, until sauce is thick and flavorful and coats the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and stir in rum. Cool sauce to room temperature before serving.
Yield: About 2 cups