My love of Jerk has been well documented so I won’t go into too much detail here. I honestly cannot remember when I tasted that zingy smoky goodness for the first time but I know that when I started making it up myself I relied heavily on the pre-packaged jerk seasoning you can get in most supermarkets.
After doing a little research and learning about the history of Jerk I started making my own version of the spice mix. The pre-made ones are usually about 45% salt so not very healthy in the long run, plus making up your own mix allows you to tailor it to your own particular tastes.
2 tsp Ground Allspice (Pimiento)
1 tsp Nutmeg
1 tsp Crushed Chillies
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 tsp Cloves
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
1 Vegetable stock cube
-In a pestle and mortar grind up the cumin seeds and the whole cloves.
-Add in the crushed chillies and stock cube and break them up well.
-Mix together the rest of the ingredients and place your whole mix into a small jar. Seal it up and use it to give any meal an extra kick. It works incredibly well with barbeque with the smoke bringing out the true flavour of Pimiento, the heart of Jerk.