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.
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.
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.
Jerk 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.
It’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