Jerk Turkey – Thanksgiving Special

View my step-by-step video

Every Thanksgiving, I like to try something different with my Turkey. Jerk is so popular on my channel, that I don’t know why I never tried this before. I wondered whether to go with a dry or wet rub, but after much consideration, I decided that my original Jerk marinade recipe that was shared with me by my good friend Mary Rocto was best.

I made up a batch and although you don’t need all of it for the bird, I used it in everything, the brine, the stuffing, roasted veg, gravy and I even marinated a cauliflower to make a Jerk Vegetarian Turkey for my vegetarian guests that was a big hit!

I followed the same principals of Turkey awesomeness that I do every year – try to use fresh, brine, dry the bird, apply an amazing marinade and cook for the appropriate time using a Turkey calculator.

Years ago I spatchcocked my Turkey, this is great if you are in a rush as it reduces the cooking time considerably.

Some of my viewers have shared that they think cooking a turkey is a daunting task, if that is the case with you, start with a Chicken and work your way up.

Jerk Turkey – Thanksgiving Special


  • Jerk marinade
  • 1/2 cup Oil
  • 1/3 cup Vinegar - 60 ml
  • 1/3 cup dark Soya
  • 1/4 cup Lime juice
  • 1/2 cup Orange juice
  • 3 teaspoons of Pimento allspice - these spice berries are also called Jamaican all spice
  • 3 teaspoons of salt (or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon of black pepper
  • 1 1/2  tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3 stalks of small spring onions scallions 1/3 cup (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh ginger (chopped)
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tbsps Garlic (3 large cloves)
  • 3 scotch bonnet peppers ( substitute habanero, Jamaican pepper)
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh thyme leaves
  • Brine
  • 1/2 cup Salt
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 4 litres Water
  • 2 tsps Jerk marinade
  • Slices of Limes & Oranges
  • Turkey 7.6 kgs (16 lbs and 7oz)
  • For garnish - optional
  • Thyme & Grilled Pineapple & Orange slices
  • For gravy
  • Turkey neck, Onion, Mushrooms, Garlic


  1. Prepare the Jerk marinade by blending all the ingredients together
  2. Prepare the brine and brine the turkey for about 24 hrs, making sure to turn it half way through
  3. Drain and dry the turkey completely
  4. Reuse the slices of limes and oranges by placing in the cavity for flavour
  5. Marinate the skin of the bird on both sides, in the cavity and under the skin
  6. Add some veg to the bottom of the pan so it can flavor the gravy
  7. According to the weight of this bird, this will cook for 4 - 4.5 hrs unstuffed
  8. Cook covered for the first hour and then cook uncovered
  9. Place a piece of foil on the top of the bird as that is the part that tends to over brown
  10. Turkey does not really need to rest like meat does, but you don't want to be carving a super hot bird either

Jerk Shrimp with Mango Salsa

View my step-by-step video





People often ask me where I get my ideas and inspirations for recipes. Some literally come out of nowhere and I have to quickly capture the idea on my phone or it’s lost forever, other inspirations come from anywhere, a cooking video, a picture, a TV show or en event. I don’t even have to have a recipe, I will try it different ways till I’m happy with it. The inspiration for this particular recipe came from an event I attended hosted by my YouTube Channel network Kin Community. They literally had the best catering I have seen in a long time and the app that caught my eye was something similar to what I am preparing today. They didn’t use jerk, that was just my preference as I thought it made a stellar compliment to the Mango salsa. It also helps that I could use my killer Jerk marinade again!

If you’re looking for a perfect app for your next summer soiree this Jerk Shrimp Skewer with Mango Salsa is going to spice up your party. I love anything Jerk, and here is one quick appetizer that you can throw together with minimum effort. Larger Shrimp work better in this recipe and I love to use beautiful Tiger Shrimp. These Shrimp are going to be dunked in some sweet, salty, tangy and salty Jerk marinade. You can find Jerk marinade at pretty much any grocery store these days but if you want something spectacular, try making it yourself. It may seem like a daunting task because there are so many ingredients, but the taste is so superior that once you try a homemade recipe, you would never want the store bought kind.

Follow the simple recipe below to make a stunning appetizer and also watch my step-by-step video.

Jerk Shrimp with Mango Salsa


  • 1 lb Tiger Shrimp
  • 3 tbsps Jerk sauce -
  • 1 cup diced Mango
  • 3 tbsp red Onion
  • 1 - 2 tbsps chopped Coriander
  • Juice of 1/2 Lime
  • Salt to taste
  • Thyme leaves to garnish


  1. Marinate the Shrimp for 1/2 hr
  2. BBQ the Shrimp
  3. Combine the Mango, Onion, Coriander,Lime juice & salt
  4. Skewer each Shrimp individually
  5. Top with Mango Salsa

Jerk Chicken Burgers

View my Step by Step video

As part of a very special Burger collaboration, with my YouTube friends, I bring you a smoky Jerk Burger. This is the perfect crowd pleaser – ground Chicken is mixed with a smoky homemade Jerk marinade and studded with red pepper and thyme before grilling to perfection. I always prepare a special burger recipe for the summer and this year Jerk was on the top of my list. Prepare these ahead of time and freeze them.


Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 8.11.17 AM


Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 8.11.31 AM


Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 8.11.44 AM


Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 8.12.06 AM


Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 8.12.37 AM


Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 8.13.12 AM


Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 8.13.24 AM


Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 8.13.37 AM
Jerk Chicken Burgers


  • Ingredients
  • 6 tbsps Jerk marinade + additional 2 tbsps
  • 4 lbs ground Chicken
  • 3 tbsps Red Pepper confetti
  • 3 tbsps Thyme
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil


  1. Mix all the ingredients together and weigh them to make 7 oz patties
  2. Freeze atleast for an hour before grilling so they are nice and firm
  3. Brush the burgers with the 2 tbsps of jerk marinade mixed with oil and grill for a few minutes on each side till cooked.

Jerk Chicken

View my step by step video

Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 6.57.45 AMJerk is one of my favorite flavors and you can’t make delicious Caribbean Jerk without one hot fiery recipe and you’re in luck as I found the perfect combination of jerk goodness.

430131_406151479410403_451356835_nIt’s summer and time to fire up that BBQ! This recipe came from my good friend Mary Rocto, a fabulous cook. When I asked her for her recipe, she not only sent me a recipe but also a video with a note – ‘use as many scotch boniness  as you like– you da boss’.

And Mary does know her jerk, we were both finalists in the show Recipe to Riches that aired both on the Food Network and CBC and in her season Mary won over the judges with her Jerk Bundles. Now I have to admit, before I tried this recipe, I tried several others but this one won hands down! This recipe yields a marinate with a sauce like consistency that is good to marinate about 4 pounds of chicken, meat or fish. I like that this can be made ahead and just poured on. I am developing another more paste like, thicker, jerk marinade so stay tuned for that recipe soon.

Making Jerk sauce from scratch this is not hard at all but there are several ingredients that go into into my blender and gets blended to jerk perfection

Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 6.55.32 AM

Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 6.55.15 AM

Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 6.54.59 AM

Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 6.55.59 AM

Jerk Chicken


  • Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup of oil (your choice)
  • 1/3 cup of vinegar
  • 1/3 cup of soya sauce (dark, mushroom flavor)
  • 1/4 cup of lime juice
  • 1/2 cup of a freshly squeezed orange preferable Florida oranges
  • 3 teaspoons of Pimento allspice
  • 3 teaspoons of salt (or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon of black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh thyme leaves (or 3 teaspoons of ground thyme)
  • 3 stalks of small spring onions scallions 1/3 cup (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh ginger (chopped)
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 large cloves of garlic 1/3 cup (peeled)
  • 3 scotch bonnet peppers ( substitute habanero, Jamaican pepper)
  • 4 lbs Chicken Drumsticks


  1. Process
  2. Process all the ingredients into a smooth paste
  3. Pour over skinned Chicken Drumsticks and cook on a BBQ till cooked