Jamaican Jerk Seasoning Will Spice-Up Your Barbeque

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  • Author Liyod Webster
  • Published July 5, 2010
  • Word count 443

Jamaican jerk seasoning is world-renowned for its unique flavor that takes barbequing to another level. If you’ve never used Jamaican jerk seasoning, do yourself a favor and try it on chicken, pork, beef, or any other meat at your next barbeque. You won’t be disappointed!

The word "jerk" in jerk seasoning comes from the Spanish term "charqui," which means "dried meat." Jerk was first made by the Arawak Indians, natives of Jamaica who preserved meats in the extreme island heat with indigenous spices and peppers. Jamaican jerk seasoning was born out of this effective curing process, and today there are hundreds of mouth-watering jerk seasonings from Jamaica.

There are many recipes for Jamaican jerk seasoning, and all of them include three main ingredients:

Allspice: Known as the "Jamaican pepper," allspice is native to Jamaica and has a luscious, spicy flavor

Thyme: A fixture in most Caribbean cooking, thyme adds an indefinable richness to the flavor of the meat

Scotch Bonnet Peppers: Orange, small, and incredibly hot, Scotch Bonnet peppers are some of the hottest peppers in the world

Additional ingredients that may be used in Jamaican jerk seasoning include: black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, green onions, soy sauce, garlic, rum, orange juice, lime juice, nutmeg, bay leaves, and brown sugar.

Although chicken and pork are the most popular meats cooked with Jamaican jerk seasoning in the Caribbean, you can also rub the jerk seasoning onto beef, lamb, and even fish, or you can blend Jamaican jerk seasoning with a liquid to make a savory marinade.

After the jerk seasoning has had time to completely permeate the meat, it’s time to cook it up! The most common way to cook Jamaican jerk is to barbeque it, and the traditional method is to roast the meat on low heat for a few hours. This slow-roasting allows the Jamaican jerk seasoning to saturate the meat, and the result is unbelievably tender meat whose flavor is unmatched. Whether you prefer to cook with hot, medium, or mild spices, you can make every barbeque better with jerk seasoning from Jamaica.

Try these premium Jamaican jerk seasonings and sauces:

Walkerswood Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

Walkerswood Jamaican Jerk Marinade

Walkerswood Jonkanoo Hot Pepper Sauce from Jamaica

Walkerswood Scotch Bonnet Pepper Sauce from Jamaica

Eaton's Boston Bay Style Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

Eaton's Crushed Pepper Sauce from Jamaica

Eaton's Jamaican Jerk BBQ Sauce

Eaton's Jamaican Jerk Seasoning (Hot)

Eaton's Jamaican Jerk Seasoning (Mild)

Eaton's Jamaican Scotch Bonnet Pepper Sauce

Island Spice Dry Jerk Seasoning from Jamaica

Juliana Jerk Seasoning from Jamaica

Make your next barbeque an exquisite experience! Browse a wide selection of Jamaican jerk seasoning at www.AnjosImports.com.

Valerie and Lloyd Webster are the owners of Anjo’s Imports, a distributor of premium, exotic, uniquely flavored gourmet sauces, seasonings, spices, and marinades to fine restaurants and wholesalers. Browse Anjo’s Imports’ superior selection of Jamaican jerk seasoning, jerk sauce, jerk marinade, Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee, and other fine products from the Caribbean region by visiting www.AnjoImports.com.

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