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Jan 2, 2009 01:12 PM

Jerk Sauce

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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  1. 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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    1. re: Sarah Cat

      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. 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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      1. re: grandgourmand

        +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....

        1. re: warlock

          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!

          1. re: tj2007

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

            1. re: grandgourmand

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

              1. re: grandgourmand

                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.

              2. re: tj2007

                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.

                1. re: tj2007

                  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!!

                  1. re: tj2007

                    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. Will order later when I move into my new place and buy a new ceramic smoker BBQ.

                    1. re: LBrown8

                      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. :)

                      1. re: LBrown8

                        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.


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

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                1. re: Fat Swine

                  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.

                  1. re: evansl

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

                  2. re: Fat Swine

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

                  3. 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.


                    1. 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.