No, I'm not talking about my husband- he's the greatest guy around. I am talking about the Jamaican recipe of Jerked chicken/pork/goat that is one of their most famous dishes. It's a dish that has been made for hundreds of years. Basically the meat is marinated with garlic, herbs, allspice and one of the hottest peppers, the hot scotch bonnet. The meat is then grilled. In the time of the Arawak tribes, this would dry out the meat and help to preserve it, now it's just a delicious, flavorful way to prepare meat. So, of course, we had to try it.
|The Scotch Bonnet Chile Pepper- BEWARE!|
Jamaican Jerked Chicken and Pork
For the recipe you will need:
- 3 oz. dark rum
- 6 oz. beer or other liquid (orange juice would probably be good)
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 2 T minced garlic
- 2 T minced ginger
- 1 scotch bonnet chile pepper or other pepper- minced
- 2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
- 2 tsp chopped fresh marjoram (I used dried)
- 1 1/2 tsp ground allspice
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- 2 bay leaves
- chicken pieces
- pork chops
2. Preheat your grill. The chicken was much thicker than the pork so I put that on first and when it was halfway cooked I added the pork chops. Grill the meats until cooked thoroughly. I boiled down the leftover marinade and served it with the meat.
We served ours with some Jamaican coleslaw (which has an oil and vinegar dressing instead of a mayonnaise based one) and some sweet potato fries. When I was tasting the marinade (before I put the raw meat in), I wasn't sure I was going to like it. I'm not a big fan of nutmeg it seems. However, after it was grilled and the sauce was all caramelized, it was really good. I was afraid to make it too spicy so I used a Serrano pepper and left it rather large, but I wish I had made it a little spicier. Also, while the rum gave it a nice taste, the beer wasn't noticeable, I think maybe some orange juice would have been really good!! All in all, it was good but I don't know if it's one of my all time faves. I must admit, though, that I am really enjoying the rum!! Yah Mon.