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Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Jerk Chicken completed
I know the stuff in the jar is easier, I get it.  I’ve been trying to be very aware of what I eat and the ingredients in all of my food.  I used to keep a jar of the marinade just in case I needed to taste the flavors of  Jamaica.

After a few adjustments, I have settled on the jerk flavor that I enjoy, sweet, smokey, with a nice punch of heat, and it’s my own recipe.

Although jerk marinade requires several ingredients, putting it together is simple.

Jerk Marinade

½ cup olive oil

½ cup soy sauce

juice of 1 lime

1/4 cup orange juice

1/2 cup white vinegar

4 scotch bonnets

6 garlic cloves

10 sprigs thyme

5 scallions

1/2 large onion

30 allspice berries smashed

1 sticks of cinnamon (1 tsp)

1/2 nutmeg

2 Tbsp. brown sugar

2 tsp. fresh grated ginger

2 tsp. black peppercorns

2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. Old Bay

Add all ingredients to a  high powered blender and blend until smooth.  You can ground the cinnamon and allspice berries separately if you do not have a high powered blender.

I know many will say thats not how you make jerk marinade, but everyone has different recipes, and honestly if it taste good, that is all that matters.  Enjoy!

grilling jerk chicken

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