Jamaican Jerk Marinade for Grilled Chicken or Pork Chops

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Hello everyone,

Welcome summer!

For me, the real start of summer is not June 21 but rather July long weekend. This is the weekend we celebrate Canada Day on July 1st, the birth of our beloved nation. The kids are finally out of school, the summer heat is in full swing, and the barbecues are all fired up.

In my family, July long is best spent at the cabin. It is always the kick-off to the summer as my family, uncles and aunties, cousins and friends are all out at the lake. This means three days with family and friends partaking in such great activities as boating, fishing, swimming, lawn games, camp fires, sing-a-longs, adult beverages, and eating. Did I mention eating?

For some reason, food always tastes better at the lake. Maybe it’s because everyone cooks together, maybe it’s because we’ve typically had a few glasses of wine or a couple of beers before dinner. It could just be that eating dinner with a beautiful view of our beloved lake makes the meal just perfect.

BBQ is best suited for summer lake dinners, and this Jamaican Jerk marinade is just perfect for chicken or pork chop on the grill. I’ve had many-a-jerk in my day, and this recipe is pretty awesome, topping anything store bought I have had. Try serving it with a coleslaw and Jamaican peas and rice. You can double or triple the recipe depending on how many you have to feed.

Jamaican Jerk Pork ChopsMarinade your meat for a few hours of more and fire up the grill, cooking your chicken or chops just as you like!

Happy Canada day to you! Hopefully you get the chance to get out and enjoy some BBQ on the long weekend!

Bon appetit,


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Jamaican Jerk Marinade


Jamaican Jerk Marinade


4 pork chops or 6 chicken pieces (double’triple recipe if you have more)

1/3 cup green onion
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp soya sauce
2 tbsp honey
2 inches ginger, peeled
3 cloves garlic
2 jalapenos or 1 scotch bonnet peppers cut into pieces (keep the seeds if you want your marinade hotter)
2 tsp allspice
1 tsp dried thyme
½ tsp salt
½ tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp lime juice


  1. Add all ingredients in a food processor, magic bullet or blender. Blend marinade is smooth.
  2. Marinade meat for at least 2 hours.
  3. Grill you meat as you like


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