Jamaican Jerk Spice
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by K. Stewart

So you are visiting Jamaica - tropical paradise, decorated with pristine white beaches, reggae music and lovely people. You decided to take a drive with a friend a tour guide. He takes you for some food and 'surprised' you with something rapped in a piece of foil paper. 

Yummy! It tastes like chicken or pork but it is especially delicious, flavorsome, toothsome and appetizing! What on earth is that you asked? What makes this taste so different?

Hear ye, hear ye! It's the authentic and distinctive taste of Jamaican jerk my friend!!

Jamaican jerk is a classic representation of what we mean by our motto ”out of many one people".

Here's How To Make Your Own Jamaican Jerk Sauce/Spice

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Why do I say that?

Well, although Jamaican jerk sauces are heavily influenced by our African origins -jerk pork for example, can be traced back to the pre-slavery days of the Coromantee hunters of West Africa, it is a culmination of the various cultural influences that made it into what is is today, including the tainos.

I welcome you to read more on the maroons, as well as the history of Jamaica here).

Anyway, away with my babble, here is what you really came here for.... the recipe!

Traditional Jamaican Jerk Spice Recipe


  • 1⁄2 cup pimento (all spice berries)
  • 1⁄2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 6 -8 garlic cloves.
  • 4 -6 scotch bonnet peppers.
  • 1 tbsp. ground thyme or 2 tablespoons thyme leaves.
  • 1 -2 bunch scallion (green onions)
  • 1 tsp.  cinnamon.
  • 1⁄2 tsp.  nutmeg.

Simple Directions:

  1. Put contents in a food processor or blender and liquefy.
  2. Pour sauce in a jar and keep refrigerated.

Points Of Notes

  • The sauce will be good or a very long time if kept refrigerated.
  • To increase spiciness blend pepper and pimento and add to sauce the hot peppers at any time.
  • Marinate meat at least 2 hours

Popular Uses For Jamaican Jerk Sauces

Jerk seasoning is traditionally applied to pork and chicken but modern recipes include the application of jerk spice mixes to fish, shrimp, shellfish, beef, sausage, lamb, vegetables, and even tofu!

And, it is certainly not too hard to get a taste, jerk centers/restaurants,and street-side jerk stands can be found all over the island.

The Portland jerk festival held in Folly Estate in Portland is however a signature event that gives patrons a taste of true Jamaican jerk; from scrumptious jerk boneless chicken and  jerked lamb, to jerk pork, jerked beef tenderloin and even jerked shrimp!

Now, if you are like me and don't have the time to make your own or to go out and source your own, you may also purchase ready-made jerk spices online at Amazon. Here is the link on Amazon.

Now you have no excuse to experience of catch up on the real flavour of Jamaica, Jamaican jerk!


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