Who the hell did I think I was? This was fighting talk indeed and I conceded that I may have been exaggerating a little bit. But I guess it intrigued him enough to pursue the acquaintance. Fortunately, while my jerk chicken may not have been as good as his Nan’s, it definitely won a place in his heart!
Skill level: Easy
1 tbsp allspice berries
1 tbsp paprika
1 tsp black peppercorns
1 tsp cayenne pepper
½ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground cloves
¼ tsp freshly ground nutmeg
5 tbsp dark brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves (or 2 tsp dried thyme)
5 x spring onions, roughly chopped
3 - 4 x large garlic cloves, chopped
3 x scotch bonnet chillies, deseeded and roughly chopped
2 tsp fresh ginger, chopped (or 2 tsp ground ginger)
juice of 1 or 2 x limes
- Either combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend to a paste.
- Or place the dry ingredients in a spice or coffee grinder and grind to a fine powder. Combine in a pestle and mortar with the rest of the ingredients and pound to a paste.
- Use immediately to marinade meat, such as chicken thighs or pork.
- The scotch bonnet chillies are crucial to the flavour as is using brown sugar.
- If you wish to use this later, leave out the garlic and ginger store in a tightly covered container; add garlic and ginger immediately before using.