Homemade Jamaican Jerk Sauce

Homemade Jamaican Jerk Sauce in a cute clay jar
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If there is one thing Jamaica is famous for, it is Jerk Seasoning. From chicken to pork to fish – this mixture of herbs, spices, and pepper is unmistakable in flavor and heat. No visit to Jamaica would be complete without visiting one of their Jerk Restaurants, where meat is grilled on an open fire only after being marinated in the freshly blended seasoning paste. The star ingredient is allspice berries, better known as Jamaican Pimento, giving Jerk its iconic aromatic woody flavor. Additionally, some restaurants are known for using the wood from these trees in the cooking fire to enhance the already rich flavors further. However, foodies beware, for this seasoning is also known for being HOT & SPICY by the copious amounts of scotch bonnet peppers. But with this homemade version, the heat levels are up to you. So enjoy this Homemade Jamaican Jerk Seasoning recipe for your following marinade or dipping sauce. 

Author: Rachel Ottier-Hart
Average: 4.8 (9 votes)
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 mins
Total Time
16 mins



Thoroughly wash all fresh herbs before roughly chopping and placing into a blender or food processor.
Scallions being chopped with a knife on a cutting board
Add the spices and soy sauce, pulse to begin incorporating the ingredients. Slowly add about 60 ml of vinegar at a time to the mixture while blending to help emulsify the ingredients.
Vinegar being poured into a blender filled with jerk sauce ingredients
Add vinegar until the desired texture is achieved. For a marinade, blend until it is a wet paste. For a sauce blend until it is smooth purée.  
Jerk sauce ingredients being blended in a blender
Once all the ingredients have been thoroughly blended into one cohesive mixture, pour into a jar with a top to seal and preserve the seasoning. Store in the fridge for a longer shelf life and only use plastic or wood when removing seasoning from the jar.
Sideview of jerk sauce being added to a container
Serve your homemade jerk seasoning as a marinade or as a spicy dipping sauce.

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