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What Is Jerk Sauce?
Jerk sauce is a marinade that originated in Jamaica. It consists of key ingredients including thyme, Scotch bonnet pepper, and allspice. While I was growing up in Jamaica, jerk sauce was rubbed and poked ('Jerk') into the meat then cook in old oil barrels, cut in half lengthwise and fired with charcoal. For a detailed history of Jerk Sauce, check out Wikipedia's article.
In the 80's back in Jamaica, I lived in Hopewell, close to a popular beachfront called 'Old Steamer'. An old wrecked ship was on the shore. They had a yearly event called, Fisherman's Regatta where they had the best jerk chicken that was sold by local chefs and I recalled the jerk sauce that they used for their jerk chicken had a fruity taste so I tend to go for that flavor in my sauce, so I added orange juice to my sauce and it tastes amazing.
Jamaican Jerk Sauce is as Jamaican as Jamaican Rice And Peas, Jamaican Patties Aand Jamaican Callaloo. I grew up in Jamaica enjoying all these delicious recipes but now as a vegan, I have made it my passion to make meatless and gluten-free versions of my childhood favorite recipes. Recently, I made Jamaican Jerk Cauliflower, and it has been a huge hit with my readers, but I must say the jerk sauce I made then was a very adapted version.
Today, I decided to make another version that is much closer to the original, except for a few changes: I had to reduce the spiciness drastically since I cannot tolerate the heat anymore now that my taste buds have changed as I get older. I was only able to include two deseeded Scotch bonnet pepper and that was spicy for me.
I recommend that you make my recipe as written and then increase the Scotch bonnet pepper to adjust the heat to your taste.
How To Make Jerk Sauce
To make jerk sauce, place all the ingredients in a high-speed blender and process until smooth. This sauce is ready to use, or you can pour into a container with a tight-fitting lid and keep refrigerated for a week.
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- 146 kcal / 610 kJ
- 7 g
- 2 g
- 20 g
- 6 Escallion, or green onions
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1-inch ginger, peeled
- 1 tablespoon pimento berries, (allspice)
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, or 1 teaspoon dried
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1 medium orange, juice and zest
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 cup organic brown sugar
- 2 or more Scotch Bonnet peppers, deseeded and cored
- Salt to taste
- 5 min
- Ready in:
- 5 min
Place all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and process until smooth.
Store jerk sauce in an airtight jar in the refrigerator.