JERK PORK

I absolutely love Jamaican food, but jerk pork is one of my favorites, it’s so spicy, savory and juicy and mouth watering and you get the point! Pair this up with some rice and peas and salsa and fried plantains and a couple festivals *a sweet fried dough* and BAM! You’re an islander ha!

The best part is how easy it is to make! My marinade of choice is Walkerswood Jerk Seasoning. I let my pork marinate for a day or more, and then I toss it in the oven at 350 F for 35 mins, and then move the pork to the grill over medium low heat. Baste with your favorite BBQ sauce and let the meat slowly cook and the sauce to caramelize beautifully. Let cool, then cut and serve.

INGREDIENTS

  • Country style pork ribs ( you can use chops too)
  • Jerk seasoning marinade *I prefer Walkerswood hot and spicy*
  • Lime juice

DIRECTIONS

  • Wash the pork with lime juice.
  • Add 1-2 ozs of marinade  per pound of pork.*I love Walkerswood jerk marinade but there are other brands*
  • Massage marinade into meat. *please wear gloves if you don’t want your hands to be on fire*
  • Let pork marinate for at least 2 hours or over night for intense heat and flavor.
  • Bake pork at 350F for 30 mins. Reserve about 1/4 cup of drippings.
  • Add the drippings to 2 cups of your favorite BBQ sauce and reduce.
  • Put pork on grill over medium to low heat and baste with your sauce.
  • Cook until finished!

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JAMAICAN RICE AND PEAS

Let me start off by confusing you! This dish isn’t actually made with peas, it’s made with beans, red beans, also called kidney beans! Are you still there? *crickets chirping* PERFECT! I love Jamaican rice and peas, with jerk pork or jerk chicken or escovitched fish and fried plantains with a side of festivals *a sweet fried dough*.

I’ve had a lot of exposure to Jamaican foods. I worked at JAMWEST Caribbean foods for a while and the best part was getting to eat all the delicious food everyday and listening to Jamaican Patois that I could barely understand, and listening to stories from Chef Patrick while he cooked corn meal porridge :). It was truly amazing watching the giant pots of rice and barrels of jerked meats being cooked, and that rum cake from Miss Verona was so divine. Oh and how could I forget about the patties, and fresh juices and hiding in the walk in fridge to ‘sample’ dishes and getting locked inside hehehehe. Good times!

Here’s a much smaller recipe for rice and peas
  • 8 ounces small dried red beans or 8 ounces red kidney beans
  • 1 quart water
  • 16 ounces chicken broth or 16 ounces chicken stock or 16 ounces water
  • 1cup coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1cup white onion, chopped
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1/2  teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper (left whole) or you can slice it if you want lots of heat!
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 2 1cups uncooked long grain rice

DIRECTIONS

  1. Rinse and sort beans and place in a stockpot.
  2. Cover with several inches of water and soak overnight,-or- bring to a boil, boil gently for 3 minutes, then remove from heat, cover, and allow to sit undisturbed for 1 hour.
  3. Drain and rinse beans.
  4. Bring to a boil with chicken stock, water, and coconut milk.
  5. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 1 1/2-2 hours or until beans are tender and creamy.
  6. Add the thyme, allspice, scallion, onion, garlic, scotch bonnet, brown sugar, uncooked rice, salt and pepper.
  7. Check the level of liquid over the rice and make sure there is at least one inch of liquid (if not, you may add water or broth to cover).
  8. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes or until rice is tender.
  9. Serve hot as a side dish.
  10. For vegetarian,use water not the chicken broth or stock.

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I served the rice and peas, along side jerk pork, which is cooked pretty much the same way as jerk chicken and a tropical salsa! Put some calypso music on in the background and I felt like I was back at home 🙂11064670_10155442019540431_2611953002881183454_o

JERK SALMON

That salmon was such a jerk but he sure tasted good! hahahaha… what… you don’t get it? It’s ok, it’s an inside Caribbean joke. Nevermind! Ha!

Jerk is a style of cooking native to Jamaica in which meat is dry-rubbed or wet marinated with a very hot spice mixture called Jamaican jerk spice. Jerk seasoning is traditionally applied to pork and chicken. Modern recipes also apply jerk spice mixes to fish, shrimp, shellfish, beef, sausage, lamb, and tofu. Jerk seasoning principally relies upon two items: allspice (called “pimento” in Jamaica) and Scotch bonnet peppers. Other ingredients include cloves, cinnamon, scallions, nutmeg, thyme, garlic, and salt.

It really is so simple to do! My preferred brand of Jerk Marinade is called Walkerswood. You can get mild *no true Caribbean person with self-respect ever buys mild!* or the hot and spicy!  You slather the marinade on and let it do its thing for a few hours or overnight, if you dare and then you grill or bake over a medium to low heat until finished. Let it rest a bit and then prepare your taste buds for the spicy, savory, melt in your mouth goodness *insert Homer Simpson drool* Easy peasy!

JERK CHICKEN

Jerk chicken….Don’t mind if I do!  I absolutely love Jamaican food, but jerk chicken is easily my favorite, it’s so spicy, savory and slow cooked to perfection! If I had to eat this everyday for the rest of my life  I wouldn’t complain!… well maybe after a month I might get a little bothered 😉

The best part is how easy it is to make! My marinade of choice is Walkerswood Jerk Seasoning. I let my chicken marinate for a day or more, and then I toss it in the oven at 350 F for 45 mins, and then move the chicken to the grill over medium low heat. Baste with your favorite BBQ sauce and let the meat slowly cook and the sauce to caramelize beautifully. Let cool, then cut and serve with pasta salad, rice and peas, fried plantains and maybe even a couple of festivals! Which reminds me, I really want to eat a festival now… *drools*

INGREDIENTS

  • Whole chicken quartered
  • Jerk seasoning marinade *I prefer Walkerswood hot and spicy*
  • Lime juice

DIRECTIONS

  • Cut chicken into quarters and wash with lime juice.
  • Add 2 oz of marinade  per pound of chicken.*I love Walkerswood jerk marinade but there are other brands*
  • Massage marinade into meat as well as under the skin. *please wear gloves if you don’t want your hands to be on fire*
  • Let chicken marinate for at least 2 hours or over night for intense heat and flavor.
  • Bake chicken at 350F for 45 mins. Reserve about 1/4 cup of drippings.
  • Add the drippings to 2 cups of your favorite BBQ sauce and reduce.
  • Put chicken on grill over medium to low heat and baste with your sauce.
  • Cook until finished!