Recipe Time: Jamaican Jerk Sauce

Besides reggae music, Red Stripe Beer and spectacular beaches, Jamaica is known for its distinctive cuisine. Jerk specialties are an island favorite whether you are vacationing at an all-inclusive Jamaica destination or shopping around the beautiful island.

Jerk is a style of cooking native to Jamaica in which the meat is dry-rubbed, or wet and marinated with a very hot spice mixture. This jerk seasoning is traditionally applied to pork, chicken or fish and is available for purchase at the resort gift shops.

Spicy, tasty, and mouth-watering are just a few words that can be used to describe the experience of adding Jamaican jerk sauce to your meals. So whether at home or on vacation on the paradise island of Jamaica be sure to enjoy this Couples Resorts recipe and don’t be afraid to ask our chefs to prepare it for you at one of our all-inclusive cooking classes.

Jerk sauce


  • 4 oz scallion
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 4 oz onion
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger
  • 1 medium scotch bonnet pepper (chili)
  • 1 large sprig thyme [*]2 oz soy sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 16 oz ketchup
  • 3 oz olive oil


  • MARINADE: Put all the above ingredients except salt in a food processor & blend.
  • SAUCE: Add 1 cup of ketchup and about ½ - 1 cup of the above marinade. Simmer for 5 minutes & strain. If sauce is too thin, thicken with a little corn starch (mixed with a little cold water). Pineapple juice and Red Stripe Beer (optional)

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