Jerk Chicken

Jerk Chicken

 

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup dark rum
  • 3 tablespoons firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 bunch scallions (white and green parts), roughly chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 Scotch bonnet chile, stemmed, seeded, and minced
  • 2 tablespoons Pickapeppa sauce (see Cook’s Note, below)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated peeled ginger
  • 1 tablespoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 chicken halves (about 6 pounds)

Directions

Pulse the vinegar, rum, brown sugar, scallions, garlic, chile, Pickapeppa sauce, ginger, allspice and pumpkin pie spice in a food processor to make a slightly chunky sauce. Heat the oil in a medium skillet and cook the sauce over medium heat, stirring, until the oil is absorbed and the sauce thickens slightly, about 3 minutes. Cool.

Rub the jerk paste all over the chicken halves, cover, and refrigerate for 2 to 24 hours.

Prepare an outdoor grill with a medium-high fire for both direct and indirect grilling. Position a drip pan under the grate on indirect side. Place the chicken, skin side down, over direct heat and cook until skin crisps and has definite grill marks, about 4 minutes per side. Move to indirect heat over the drip pan and cook skin side up, covered, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 165 degrees F, about 35 to 40 minutes. Let the chicken rest about 5 minutes, then cut into pieces and serve.

Cook’s Note: Pickapeppa — the celebrated Jamaican bottled sauce — is a blend of tomatoes, onions, sugar, cane vinegar, mangoes, raisins, tamarind, peppers, and spices. Fans use this “Jamaican ketchup” on all manner of grilled foods. It adds a distinct punch to this version of the island’s spicy jerk marinade.

Enjoy!

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