In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

The Ultimate Guide to Making Jamaican Jerk Sauce at Home.

While I’ve shared various Jamaican Jerk Recipes, including Jerk Chicken, Jerk Pork, Jerk Salmon and even a killer Jerk Shrimp recipe, I’ve somehow avoided making one of the most requested recipes. A sauce or gravy to pour over whatever you’ve ‘jerked’ on the smoker or grill. A jerk sauce, not a jerk marinade nor BBQ sauce, that also doubles as a great dipping sauce.

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion (diced)
5 sprigs thyme
3/4 teaspoon allspice (pimento)
1 cup pineapple juice
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 cup tomato ketchup
3/4 – 1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup spicy jerk marinade
2 cups chicken stock
2 tablespoon finely chopped chives
1 tablespoon raw honey
1/2 lemon (juice)

Notes. Please follow along with the video below as much more about the recipe is discussed there. Including why I opted for a spicy store bought jerk marinade and why it may not be necessary to add any salt in making this Jamaican Jerk gravy.

In a deep saucepan on a medium flame, add the olive oil followed by the onion. Give it a stir then reduce the heat to low and cook for 4 minutes.

Add the thyme (sprigs on is fine), and allspice and cook on low for another 2-3 minutes.

At this point turn the heat back up to medium and add the pineapple juice and bring to a boil. Then in goes the ketchup, brown sugar, Jamaican Jerk Marinade and mustard.

While it may seem strange, add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Should you wish to keep this vegetarian, opt for vegetarian stock. Stir well and bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer and cook for 25-30 minutes.

It would have reduced by about a third. Remove the thyme stems and if you have a stick blender, give it a few pulses to break down the onion we started with. Turn the heat off, taste and adjust the salt to your liking. Regarding the sugar we added, may I suggest you add 3/4 cup to start and if at this point you find it needs a bit more sweetness, add the remaining sugar and stir well.

Once off the heat, finish with the chopped chives (finely chopped scallions / green onion will work as well), honey and lemon or lime juice. Stir and enjoy. Once completely cooled, you may store it in a sealed container in the fridge for 2-3 weeks. As discussed in the video I used a SPICY Jerk Marinade, but if you’re shy about the heat, use your fav mild marinade.

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