It is said that Jerk Chicken originates from the time the Maroons brought African techniques for cooking meat to Jamaica, which were then combined with native island seasoning and ingredients. The word “Jerk” may have its roots in “charqui,” a Spanish word for dry meat, or it may derive from “jerking,” or poking holes in the meat to hold spices before cooking.
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- Clean, skin,and cut chicken in medium pieces,then wash with lime or lemon juice
- Rub the chicken with the Jerk seasoning.
- Be sure to rub under skin and in cavities
- Marinate overnight.
- Grill at lowest possible setting over a low fire until done.
- Pimento (all spice) branches (this is what is used in Jamaica) mixed with charcoal is best. If not try to use an aromatic wood in the barbecue grill to enhance the flavor.
- Chop meat into pieces, and serve traditionally with hard-dough bread