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Alan's Jerk Marinade


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Ingredients:

  • 1 c Scallions (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 lg White or yellow onion (coarsely chopped)
  • 2 tb Fresh thyme leaves (chopped; tough stems removed)
  • 1 -(up to)
  • 3 Habanero chiles (to desired heat level) (see note)
  • 2 ts Jamaican allspice (freshly ground)
  • 3 tb Soy sauce (I use tamari)
  • 1 tb Vinegar (white or cider)
  • 1 tb Cooking oil
  • 1 ts Ground black pepper (and pepper medley)
  • 2 ts Salt
  • 2 ts Sugar (I use raw sugar)
  • 1/2 ts Cinnamon (freshly ground)
  • 1/2 ts Nutmeg (freshly ground)

Directions:

Alan L. Edwards (ale@cisco.com)
 
Put all ingredients except the scallions and thyme in a blender (or food processor) and puree. Then add the remaining ingredients and run the blender until the ingredients are well mixed, but not pureed.
 
Makes a little more than 1 cup (enough for about 2 pounds of meat). Recipe scales well. Sauce can be kept refrigerated for a month, or frozen for a "long time".
 
NOTE: Pickled Habaneros will do just fine if you can't find fresh; but I've found that they are not as hot as fresh ones (like maybe half as hot). You could also substitute Habanero-based sauce. But only use sauce that has a low amount of other spices (unless it's allspice).
 
One of my latest variations uses about 3 Tbs of Alan's Special Mild Habanero sauce for flavor; and enough Habaneros or Scotch Bonnet sauce to bring the heat up to the right point.
 
Jamaican jerk is usually made with Scotch Bonnet chiles, which are closely related to the Habanero (they are both of the species Capsicum Chinense), but harder to find (for me anyway). I'm not sure of the taste differences. + To judge the heat, taste when it's all mixed together and add more if you want it hotter. It's hard to tell how hot the final product will be the first time you make this, but you will get used to judging the heat eventually. For me, the right level is achieved when 1/8 tsp of the jerk sauce is enough to make me want water (but I'm used to capsaicin).
 
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