How to Make Grilled Jerk Chicken

How to Make Grilled Jerk Chicken

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Jerk is a hot, flavorful sauce found mainly in Caribbean cooking. It's delicious on chicken, and here's how to make it.


  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 finely chopped scallion
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp pimento "allspice"
  • 1/4 ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cinnamon
  • 1/2 ground cloves
  • 4 to 6 hot peppers, finely ground (Habanero or Jalapeno)
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • black peppercorns,crushed
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons mustard seeds
  • 1/4 Caribbean hot sauce


  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor.
  2. Blend into a paste.
  3. Place (about 8 pieces) of chicken in a ziplock bag.
  4. Pour 1/2 of mixture into bag and massage chicken.
  5. Refrigerate marinated chicken for 4 to 6 hours.
  6. Turning the bag occasionally.
  7. Prepare your grill.
  8. Spray the grilling rack with Pam first to reduce sticking.
  9. Place chicken on pimento wood over grill, put the coals to the opposite side.
  10. Cover and let cook.


In this video from Holiday Kitchen, learn how to prepare a traditional Jamaican jerk chicken recipe.Note: The recipe shown in this video is slightly different than the one displayed in the article, although the method of preparation is similar.


  • When cooking chicken on the grill you must baste frequently. Cook for 1/2 hour and use very low heat. When the meat pulls away from the bone easily you may eat. Have plenty of cold beer handy, preferably Budweiser.


  • This recipe can be pretty hot if you use habanero peppers. Be sure to wear gloves when cutting and seeding to protect your skin from burns. Leave some of the seeds in for an intensely hot dish or use jalapenos for milder dish.

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