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Jerk Chicken

Native to Jamaica, jerk cooking was allegedly developed by African slaves who had escaped into the Jamaican wilderness around 1655, the time the British took the island from Spain. The former slaves took advantage of the natural food sources surrounding them to create the spicy sauce used to season meat over a smoking fire. Other historians say the practice was developed by Caribbean Amerindians. “Jerk” refers to the sauce and style of cooking and not the item being cooked, so pork may be substituted for chicken in this recipe.

Recipe Servings: 3

Prep Time
10 minutes
+ 8 hours resting
Cook Time
20 minutes
Total Time
8 hours 30 minutes
Gluten Free
Dairy Free



  1. Combine green onions, orange juice, ginger, hot pepper, lime juice, soy sauce, garlic, allspice, cinnamon, and cloves.
  2. Add chicken or pork and marinate for 8 hours.
  3. Barbecue meat over medium heat and drizzle with leftover marinade that has been boiled for 2–3 minutes.

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