Reggae and Jerk go hand in hand

Tonight is the second concert at Britt Music Festivals here in Jacksonville, Oregon and 3 Reggae bands are playing tonight.  David and I used to travel to Jamaica for years back in the 80’s and we used to try every Jerk stand we came across.  Our favorite Jerk sauce is the following from the West end of the Island.  Realize that Thyme grows wild on the road sides and is put into everything.  The other secret to making authentic Jerk is to cook the chicken over pimento wood which is over hot coals.  The chicken is then placed on top of the pimento wood and a heavy metal lid (mostly made from roofing materials) is placed on top to keep the chicken close to the heat and keep the smoke close to the stripe

Jamaican West End Jerk chicken recipe


You will need the following ingredients to prepare enough jerk chicken for 4 people:-

One chicken cut into pieces

6 chopped Scotch Bonnet peppers ( or you can substitute 3  Habaneros and 3 Jalapenos)

2 Tbsp. thyme leaves

2 Tbsp. ground Allspice (if you can find allspice whole and grind it yourself it tastes better)

8 Cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 Medium onions, finely chopped

3 green onions chopped

2 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. salt
2 Tsp. ground black pepper

1 to 2 Tsp of the following (to taste)
-ground cinnamon

1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup soy sauce
Juice of one lime
1 cup orange juice
1 cup white vinegar

Chop up the onion, garlic, peppers, sugar and spices.   Blend in a blender.  Blend in the oil, soy sauce, lime juice, orange juice and vinegar and green onion.  Let this mixture sit overnight to allow the flavors to meld together.

Pour this over the chicken and let sit overnight in the refrigerator to allow the chicken to absorb the flavors.  The following day grill the chicken and when you are ready to serve this, using a cleaver, chop the chicken into smaller pieces and pour some hot jerk sauce over the top.  Serve with additional lime wedges and cole slaw.  Don’t forget the beer!


Chef Constance



  1. Jeanette said,

    July 14, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Hello from Santa Cruz CA. We visit (& purchase) everytime we come to Medford to visit my sister-in-law. This was the only way I could find to write back about your wonderful store and the 2 of you.

    Every month, your news letter brings us closer to you and we can feel ourselves browsing the new sauces, wandering your lovely streets, etc. We just finished our avocado sauce, wines, and spices. Thank you for caring about the rest of us!!

  2. August 3, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Jeanette: So nice to hear from you! Glad you are enjoying J’ville from afar. Be sure to share any of your recipes with the rest of us too. I have received some of the best recipes from our fellow foodies.

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