The Best Jamaican Jerk Sauce

January 11, 2012
Jamaican Jerk Sauce
Jamaican Jerk Sauce Zach Stovall

Jamaican Jerk Sauce

Jamaica: This traditional Jamaican sauce for meat, poultry, and seafood, contains cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and hot peppers—all celebrated as aphrodisiacs throughout history.

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¼ cup peanut or canola oil
2 tbsp. fresh thyme
1 bunch scallions, chopped
1-inch-thick piece fresh ginger, chopped
4-6 garlic cloves, peeled
2 Scotch bonnet peppers
8 allspice berries, smashed
1 tbsp. black peppercorns
1 tbsp. nutmeg, ground
2 cinnamon sticks, broken
2 tbsp. soy sauce
2 tbsp. ketchup
¼ cup dark brown sugar
The juice of 2 limes


1. Puree the ingredients listed below in a food processor or blender until smooth.

2. Rub the sauce on chicken, pork, fish, tofu, shrimp or red meat, and marinate the protein overnight; any leftover sauce will keep for weeks in the refrigerator.


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