The Jamaican marinade, or jerk sauce, is traditionally used with pork and chicken. Although ingredients vary, jerk seasoning usually includes chiles, thyme, allspice, and cinnamon. Many supermarkets now carry premixed jerk seasoning in the spice section.
- 1 bunch scallions, chopped (1 1/2 cups)
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 jalapeno chile, chopped (ribs and seeds removed, for less heat)
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for grates
- 1 tablespoon light-brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Coarse salt
- 8 pieces bone-in chicken (drumsticks and thighs), skinned and trimmed of excess fat
Make marinade: In a blender, combine scallions, garlic, jalapeno, lime juice, oil, sugar, allspice, thyme, cinnamon, 1 teaspoon salt, and 2 tablespoons water; blend until smooth. Set aside 1/4 cup for brushing.
Place chicken in a shallow dish; season all over with salt. Pour remaining marinade over chicken; toss to coat. Cover; refrigerate, turning once or twice, at least 2 hours, or up to overnight.
Heat grill to medium-high; oil grates. Lift chicken from marinade, letting excess drip off (discard marinade); place on grill, and cover. Cook, turning occasionally, until chicken is blackened in spots, about 10 minutes.
Move chicken to a cooler part of the grill; brush with reserved marinade. Grill, covered, until chicken is cooked through, 10 to 15 minutes more. Serve immediately.
SourceEveryday Food, July/August 2005