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Jerk Sauce

rapsrealm Jan 2, 2009 01:12 PM

I wanted to make some Jerk Chicken Wings and was wondering where I can find some good spicy sauce for this?

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    Sarah Cat RE: rapsrealm Jan 2, 2009 01:43 PM

    i'm a huge fan of "Jerk in a Jar". i think you can get it at Max's in Bloor West Village.

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      tuttebene RE: Sarah Cat Jan 2, 2009 03:21 PM

      I second Jerk in a Jar which can also be found downstairs at the SLM, I think at the place that sells chili sauces and cookbooks. It's more of a marinade than a sauce but very tasty and spicy.

    2. grandgourmand RE: rapsrealm Jan 2, 2009 01:46 PM

      At food basics, you can get the Grace's version. It's pretty good. Earthier flavours. If you eat jerk chicken at some of the carribbean places, it resembles that.

      My preference is for the PC memories of montego bay jerk marinade. I don't think it's the most authentic, but it's nice and spicy and tangy. Good flavour.

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        warlock RE: grandgourmand Jan 2, 2009 02:37 PM

        +1 for Grace ....I have tried a few and Grace has had the best flavour......any West Indian Grocery store will have it........I have also seen it in various Groceries like No Frills/Food Basics,but it depends from location to location....

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          tj2007 RE: warlock Jan 2, 2009 03:17 PM

          Look for Walkers Wood jerk seasoning. It's sold in a glass jar and you can find it at T&T downtown, or just about any west indian grocery store. It's the only one my family uses (and we are Jamaican). It kills Grace's!

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            grandgourmand RE: tj2007 Jan 2, 2009 05:21 PM

            it's at T&T? I'll give that one a go.

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              tj2007 RE: grandgourmand Jan 2, 2009 05:40 PM

              Please do, but beware...it's hot! It smells fantastic, but if you get too close the pepper will singe the hairs in your nose!

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                Googs RE: grandgourmand Jan 3, 2009 09:51 AM

                Walkerswood is more common that a special trip to T&T would merit. Some grocery stores sell it. It can be found at the SLM at Lively Life and I believe one of other posters is suggesting it's at The Instant Caterer also in the basement of the SLM.

                Here are your choices for jerk. I keep their website in my favourites for its recipes.

                As someone else mentioned, the Traditional should be handled with utmost care and very sparingly.

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                air621 RE: tj2007 Jan 2, 2009 07:12 PM

                I agree. I brought some Walkerswood sauces home from Negril and loved the jerk. I got mine at Nicey's at Vaughn and Oakwood. You can also get good stuff at Tropical Treats on Bermondsey. They have pepper-free jerk so you can add as much or little heat to get it right to your tastes.

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                  pearlD RE: tj2007 Jan 4, 2009 04:38 PM

                  We too use WALKERSWOOD...we live in Jamaica for a few months each winter and while there's no need to cook 'jerk' while we are at home in Ocho Rios, in Toronto it is the only bottled sauce we will use that comes close to replicating authentic Jerk seasoning. Right now we're spending a month in Florida to try it out (just a change of pace etc.) we will be in JA for February and March.
                  As for buying Walkerswood in Toronto..Kensington stores, also Eglinton Avenue between Oakwood and Dufferin, Vaughn & St.Clair West..easy to find..also lots of other Jamaican products to try...Nice to try "Sorrel Chutney" great with chicken, pork chops etc....may be harder to find but well worth the effort....
                  p.s. Happy New Year Chowhounds..from the sunny south!!

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                    LBrown8 RE: tj2007 Aug 29, 2010 08:55 AM

                    Walkers Wood Jerk seasoning is available at T&T?? The Taiwanese owned supermarket?? If it is I'm going to have a look at the Steeles & Kennedy location (I think it's Kennedy.

                    I just bought a bottle of Grace's Jamaican Jerk Marinade from the Newmarket Superstore location. Like the aroma. Hope the chicken tastes as good as the marinade smells.

                    I'm too lazy (right now) to make the marinade from scratch (e.g. with pimento sticks, leaves, thyme...etc.). Perhaps later. They do sell a $120.00 US kit for Jerk Chicken marinade from a US website. www.pimentowood.com. Will order later when I move into my new place and buy a new ceramic smoker BBQ.

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                      LBrown8 RE: LBrown8 Sep 1, 2010 03:34 PM

                      Correction...when I said "...make marinade from scratch"...I meant to say with ingredients like allspice, Scotch bonnet peppers, thyme..etc.

                      Will go to Wal Mart later this week and see if they carry Walkerswood seasoning. Hope they do.

                      The Grace's Jerk Chicken marinade was good on the chicken breasts I roasted. Had a nice aroma. Must have made my neighbors jealous. But having said that I don't think it's really that authentic. I think it's a slight variation of the authentic. I had some authentic Jerk Chicken bought at a Jamaican grocery store. That was damn HOT and addictive at the same time.

                      Next time I happen to walk by a West Indies grocery I'm going in. :)

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                        Davwud RE: LBrown8 Sep 1, 2010 04:53 PM

                        I made the marinade recipe on the website minus the pimento leaves and rum. It needed a bit of adjustment for my taste but was quite excellent.


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                Fat Swine RE: rapsrealm Jan 2, 2009 06:15 PM

                Presidents choice and 24 hour marinade. Grill on BBQ = wicked hot and delicious.

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                  evansl RE: Fat Swine Jan 3, 2009 04:39 AM

                  PC is hot and tasteless. It's bad stuff. As far as I can tell, there is no decent Jerk sauce.

                  On the other hand, it is very easy to make.

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                    tjr RE: evansl Jan 3, 2009 09:38 AM

                    I believe he was asking for a pre-made sauce, and not for someone to tell him to make it himself.

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                    Crispy skin RE: Fat Swine May 22, 2009 02:22 PM

                    Agreed presidents choice jerk sauce is fantastic, fresh taste and a good amount of heat.

                  3. Davwud RE: rapsrealm Jan 2, 2009 07:49 PM

                    I use Wonderchuck. It's fantastic. The best jarred I've had. Use it sparingly though, it can be a bit salty. Not in a bad way though. More like it's a concentrated sauce.

                    If it helps, the woman in the cafeteria at work is Jamaican. She often serves Jerk Chicken. When she doesn't make her own sauce, she uses this one.


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                      MindGrinder RE: rapsrealm Jan 2, 2009 09:08 PM

                      Easy....Walkerswood. Get it at Taste the 4th Sense on Danforth or even at Walmart.

                      Others sauce need not apply unless you get a good Jamaican restaurant to put some sauce in a jar for you.

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                        wontonfm RE: rapsrealm Jan 3, 2009 06:15 AM

                        No question, Walkerswood (http://www.walkerswood.com/) it's available at most major supermarkets.


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                          wontonfm RE: wontonfm May 22, 2009 06:03 PM

                          I lied. It's not available at most major supermarkets! I checked No Frills, Loblaws, Food Basics and Metro and didn't have luck.

                          You can definitely get it at West Indian food stores.


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                            youdonut RE: wontonfm May 23, 2009 05:09 AM

                            walkerswood website dead?? maybe they went out of buisiness

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                              terrycar RE: youdonut Sep 1, 2010 10:54 PM

                              They went into receivership a while ago and were recently taken over by new ownership, hence the lack of product on the shelves. Hopefully they'll be back in business soon-their jerk is the best of the bottled stuff.

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                                plug RE: terrycar Sep 2, 2010 05:45 AM

                                negative... i just bought like 4 bottles at price chopper no longer than 3 weeks ago

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                                  terrycar RE: plug Sep 2, 2010 08:27 AM

                                  Hmmm, I was reading in the Gleaner that they had been inactive for a while, though that story was dated sometime in June. Maybe they are back on track.

                          2. Ginsugirl RE: rapsrealm Jan 3, 2009 08:55 PM

                            Whatever you do avoid the BushaBrown's jerk seasoning. Bland and bitter.

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                              middydd RE: Ginsugirl May 22, 2009 10:27 AM

                              Mr. Goudas is good. I get it at Food Basics. Grace is also very good, very authentic tasting, as previously mentioned.

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