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Aug 7, 2006 05:37 PM

Does anyone have a good jerk recipe

I am looking for a good from scratch jerk marinade. Last night i did a beer can chicken with store bought jerk seasoning and chopped up ginger, garlic, lemon zest and thai bird chilli peppers. The end result tasted really good(i used two batches of hickory chips during the cooking process) but i felt something was lacking. Next time i plan on using scotch bonnets instead of the thai chillis and lime instead of lemon but i also would like to blend the spinces from scratch.

thanks in advance.

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  1. Not exactly a recipe, but here you go (good stuff BTW):

    1. Actually, here's a recipe I made last year for a tailgate. It's really good, but to tell you the truth, the imported Jamaican stuff I mentioned above was even better.

      1 C vegetable oil
      1 large onion, coarsely chopped
      2 green onions, chopped
      2 Scotch Bonnet peppers, stemmed, seeded and minced
      2 T fresh ginger, grated
      1 T chopped fresh thyme
      4 cloves garlic, minced
      1/4 C red wine vinegar
      2 T brown sugar
      1/4 tsp. nutmeg
      1/4 tsp. cinnamon
      1/8 tsp. ground cloves
      2 tsp. allspice
      2 T fresh lime juice

      Makes about 2 cups.

      Process all ingredients together in a food processor until smooth. Can be made a day in advance. Keep refrigerated.

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      1. re: Bostonbob3

        I am headed back to NYC on vacation thursday, i might try to pick som eup in a West Indian market. Thanks for the rec

      2. Check Recently, on the Martha daytime show, somebody made Jerk Chicken. I keep meaning to try it. It looked good.

        1. I have made this recipe many times and it never fails to please. I modify it some and use whatever chicken pieces I like. It smells wonderful on the grill. One caution, be aware of how much Scotch bonnet you add as the heat can vary dramatically. Err on the cautious side if you or your guests are sensitive to heat.

          Jerk Chicken

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          1. re: Scagnetti

            What they DON'T tell you is to wear rubber gloves while you're working with Scotch bonnets, including when you're rubbing the sauce into the chicken! I wore a pair of heavy rubber gloves to trim and seed a mess of these things, then washed my gloved hands thoroughly, took off the gloves, and washed my bare hands thoroughly. About an hour later I went to pick out an eye-boogie and it was like I'd stuck a lit match in there!

            1. re: Will Owen

              I keep a box of disposable latex gloves in the kitchen and use them when I'm dicing the Scotch bonnets. They are one hot sumbitches.

              1. re: Will Owen

                If you don't have gloves, coating your fingers with cooking oil will help.

            2. Ha! You think touching your eye is painful after handling habeneros? Try being a guy and going to the bathroom to relieve yourself. :)

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              1. re: Bostonbob3

                Will and Bostonbob... ouch and ouch even more. Sad thing is - I've done both...

                1. re: Bostonbob3

                  Try being a girl and doing the same thing!