Jamaican Jerked Chicken

  • Yield: About 2 cups


  • 2 cups plus 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
  • 5 pounds chicken pieces
  • 2 cups finely chopped scallions
  • 2 scotch bonnets, seeded and minced (please wear gloves)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons browning
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 5 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme, crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cups ketchup
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Pickapeppa Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Jerk marinade
  • 3 scallions, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons dark rum


  • Rinse chicken pieces well in 2 cups of the vinegar, drain, transfer to 2 Ziploc plastic bags and set aside.
  • In the bowl of a food processor combine remaining 1 teaspoon vinegar, scallions, scotch bonnets, soysauce, browning , lime juice, allspice, bay leaves, garlic, salt, sugar, thyme and cinnamon. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the jerk marinade for the Jamaican Barbecue Sauce.
  • Rinse chicken pieces well under cold running water and pat dry with paper towels. Divide chicken pieces between two heavy-duty gallon plastic ziplock bags and divide marinade evenly between the two. Turn bags over to evenly distribute marinade, and refrigerate chicken for at least 24 hours and up to 2 days.
  • On an oiled grill rack set about 6 inches above red-hot coals, grill chicken (in batches if necessary), covered, for 10 to 15 minutes on each side, or until cooked through. Transfer to a warm platter and keep warm until serving.
  • Serve with Jamaican Barbecue Sauce, alongside fried plantains, rice or bread of choice.
  • Yield:4 to 6 servings
  • JAMAICAN BARBECUE SAUCE: In a medium non-reactive saucepan combine all ingredients except rum and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat to a simmer and continue to cook another 12 minutes, until sauce is thick and flavorful and coats the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and stir in rum. Cool sauce to room temperature before serving.