1. The Origins of Jerk:

We understand that the word "jerk" comes from the Spanish term "charqui," which refers to preserved dried strips of meat similar to modern-day jerky. Jamaican Jerk is a fusion of cooking styles from the native Tainos and Africans who brought their unique cooking methods to Jamaica.

2. Jerk Cooking Method:

Jerk is a traditional Jamaican cooking technique where meat is dry-rubbed or wet marinated with a spicy mixture called Jamaican Jerk seasoning and smoked over green pimento wood until it reaches perfection.

3. The Signature Marinade:

This Jamaican Jerk seasoning is the key to authentic jerk flavour, typically made from allspice, Scotch bonnet habanero chilies, onions, thyme, garlic, ginger, and cinnamon.

4. Traditional Meats:

While jerk marinade is traditionally applied to pork and chicken, modern recipes have expanded to include fish, shrimp, shellfish, beef, sausage, lamb, tofu, and vegetables.

5. Pimento:

The Pimento berry is the secret ingredient in jerk cooking, as it imparts a unique, smoky flavour to the dishes. This berry comes from the allspice tree, which is native to Jamaica.  When the berry is dried and crushed - you will get notes of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and even cardamon. Modern day mixtures called ‘allspice’ includes these ingredients.

6. Scotch Bonnet Chilies:

Scotch bonnet chilies are integral to jerk marinade, providing the heat that makes jerk dishes so distinctive. These chilies are native to the Caribbean and are in the family of habanero chilies.

7. Jammin' JeRk Marinade:

Jammin' JeRk is a ready-to-use marinade(seasoning) that captures the authentic taste of Jamaica, offering a spicy, earthy, and smoky flavour to a variety of dishes, including meat, seafood, tofu, and vegetarian meals.

8. Street Food Culture:

Jerk is an integral part of Jamaican street food culture, and you'll find jerk huts and jerk centres throughout the island where you can enjoy delicious jerk dishes.

9. Jerk Festivals:

Jamaica celebrates its love for jerk with annual jerk festivals that showcase the best jerk dishes, chefs, and cooking techniques. Visitors can sample a wide range of jerk dishes, enjoy live music, and participate in cooking demonstrations.

10. Bringing Jerk Home:

If you want to recreate authentic Jamaican jerk flavours at home, try using authentic jerk seasoning, pimento wood, and traditional cooking methods. You can also experiment with different meats, seafood, and vegetarian options to suit your tastes.