While I’m an ISLAND boy at heart, my luv for grilled meats, means no snow can prevent me from satisfying my craving. Even when it’s – 27 C outside and the wind charges up your jacket. However, when it’s comes to jerk pork, that’s another story. I need it low and slow for a couple hours and there’s NO way you’d catch me out there that long. So I give my Ultimate Jerk Pork Bites – in the oven!
5-6 lbs pork
1 large onion (diced)
5 sprigs thyme
2 scallions (chopped)
1 cup orange juice
1 cup apple cider
1 cup prepared jerk marinade
1 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoon light soy sauce
1 teaspoon grated ginger
8 wiri wiri peppers (optional)
1 lime or lemon (juice) to wash the cut pork
Cube the pork, wash with juice of a lime and cool water and drain dry. I used a cheap piece of pork with some fatty marbling. Anything lean will give you somewhat dry and bland tasting jerk bites.
Prep the ingredients.
Season the pork (I seasoned it directly in the same roasting pan I’ll be using in the oven). Basically add everything to the pork and mix well. I used store -bought Jerk Marinade, so feel free to use your favorite or make your own. I’ve got a couple recipes on here showing how to make from-scratch Jamaican Jerk Marinade. I used Wiri Wiri peppers (what I had in my garden) and left them whole. But you can use any peppers you like or can handle. Don’t break the peppers if you don’t want it overly spicy.
Marinate in the fridge for at least one hour. 4 hours will give you the best results. You’ll notice that I didn’t add any salt as I’m trying my best to cut back on my sodium intake. You may want to add a teaspoon of salt. The jerk marinade I used, along with Soy Sauce did an ok job, as far as salt goes for me.
Then into a 380 F degree preheated oven, but give it another mix before going onto the middle rack. Uncovered! Be sure to stir it every 20 minutes or so. After One hour, this is what it will look like.
I left it in for a total of 2 hours and 40 minutes as I wanted to be sure the pork was fork tender and packed with those wonder jerk flavors. The final 230 minutes, I put the heat up to 400 F to help develop the golden color. Be sure to stir for even coloring.
Top with some freshly parsley if you wish. You may now remove the Wiri Wiri peppers or leave them for the people who like it spicy. If you wanted to add a few drops of liquid smoke, you’re free to do so during the marination process. I’m no fan of the liquid stuff. If you want to do this on a tray over your outdoor grill, do your thing. I’m sure any added smoke (especially from Pimento, Apple, Cherry or Hickory) would kiss this is a nice way.