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Jamaican Jerk Marinade

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“This recipe comes from the cookbook, "Eat Caribbean" by Jamaican, Virginia Burke. Jerk is a style of cooking developed by the "maroons" (run away slaves ) of Jamaica. There are very many versions of Jamaican Jerk Marinades. It can be used on on pork, chicken or fish. A blender or food processor can be used to make quick work of all the chopping.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a bowl, combine scallion greens, shallots, garlic, ginger, and Scotch Bonnet pepper.
  2. In another bowl, combine allspice, black pepper, cayenne, cinnamon, nutmeg, thyme, dark-brown sugar, salt and pepper.
  3. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Whisk in orange juice, vinegar, lime juice, and soy sauce.
  5. Slowly drizzle in oil, whisking constantly.
  6. Add the reserved scallion mixture; stir to combine.
  7. Let rest at least one hour.
  8. Wash chicken, pork, or fish well, pat dry and place in a bowl.
  9. Add sauce; rub in well.
  10. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  11. Before cooking, scrape paste off of the meat.
  12. Grill over charcoal.
  13. You may add water-soaked allspice berries to the coals for smoke and additional flavor.
  14. Serve with Jamaican "rice and peas".

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