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Jamaica's Barbeque Style is Spicy Jamaican Jerk Chicken

When you think "jerk chicken", the first thing you think of is Jamaica. And Jamaican Jerk Chicken is the most famous food (or food recipe or technique), in all of the Caribbean Islands. Not only that, but this chicken dish is well-know and popular throughout the United States and the rest of the world.
One of the reasons for the popularity of Jamaican jerk chicken would have to be the fact that it is made from a mixture of spices that are, by themselves, familiar to most everyone. But at the same time, this combination of flavor is not that well-known at all.

Here's an excellent jerk chicken recipe that is really all you need for consistently great Jamaican jerk chicken.

1 whole chicken, cut up
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon ground allspice
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons ground sage
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup Soy sauce
3/4 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup Orange juice
juice from 1 lime
1 habanero pepper, seeded and finely chopped
3 green onions, chopped fine
1 cup onion, chopped fine

In a large bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients. With a wire whisk, slowly add the olive oil, soy sauce, vinegar, orange juice, and lime juice.

Add the habanero pepper and onion. Mix well. Add the chicken pieces, cover and marinate for at least 1 hour.

Grill the marinated chicken, turning frequently and basting with the marinade while cooking. When fully cooked (about 15 minutes total), take the chicken off the grill.

Bring the leftover marinade to a boil and serve separately for dipping.

Give this Jamaican jerk chicken recipe a try. If you need your food a little less spicy, don't use as much of the habanero pepper. They are so powerfully hot that a little does go a long way.

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