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Jerk Sauce Scotch Bonnet Peppers

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. 

The meat is then cooked 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 ’80s 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. 

The local chefs made the best jerk recipes.  I recalled the jerk seasoning sauce that they used had a fruity taste, 

 I tend to go for that flavor in my sauce,  so I added orange juice to my sauce and it tastes amazing. Check out the dry version, Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

Jamaican Jerk Sauce Ingredients

Jamaican Jerk Sauce

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.  I must say the jerk sauce I made then was a very adapted version.

Today, I decided to make a more authentic Jamaican jerk sauce recipe, although,

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.

You can make my recipe as written and then increase the Scotch bonnet pepper to adjust the heat to your taste.

Do you want to take you Jerk sauce to another level?

Add 1/3 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce to the jerk sauce or try my Homemade Vegan BBQ Sauce recipe.

Jerk Sauce in a glass jar on a white background

How To Make Jerk Sauce

  1. To make the jerk sauce recipe, place all the ingredients in a high-speed blender and process until smooth.
  2. 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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Nutrition

(Per portion)
  • Energy: 146 kcal / 610 kJ
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Carbs: 20 g

Cooking Time

  • Preparation: 5 min
  • Ready in: 5 min
  • For:
  • 4 Servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and process until smooth.
  2. Store jerk sauce in an airtight jar in the refrigerator.

Notes

Jerk Sauce Recipe

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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.