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Kit your food cupboard with a touch of the Caribbean and Jerk your oven and outdoor grills

Updated: Oct 24, 2022

You can enjoy juicy flavoured, beef, lamb, or pork steak if you use the right spices and can choose the tender cuts. Most people prefer beef steak for its rich meaty flavour and lamb also comes tender. These days you could be overwhelmed with the choice of spices but you must be careful not to get condiments that are high in salt, sugar or contain nasties that are not healthy. It is always advisable to read the labelling.

You have so many different options, but there is nothing that matches the flavour profile of the Caribbean jerk seasoning. It is unique and a classic, showcasing spices like the allspice, nutmeg and a host of other natural spices and herbs.

Lamb grilled with Jamaican Jerk Seasoning
Lamb grilled with Succulento Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

Can you make jerk seasoning at home?

Of course! The thing about dry spice rubs is that if you have the time and do a detailed research, you can make something bespoke for your cooking and grilling. Thus, you can mix up a few ingredients to marinate your steak, chicken, lamb etc. However, we know it could be a bit of a pain that is why we have done the laborious work for you and you are certain that if you want great taste, we have you covered.

Now back to discussing making jerk seasoning at home.

You will need aromatic herbs and spices like allspice and nutmeg for depth; cinnamon and brown sugar for sweetness; thyme, onion and garlic for savoury flavours and salt for balance. Getting a balance will take repeating the process and adjusting the portions. This could take some time except you are conversant with herbs and spices. Investing in pre-made jerk seasoning is a good choice if do not have the time, patience and you like the aromatic feel and experience of the Caribbean.

Why should you try Jamaican Jerk BBQ Rub?

Among the pool of different branded jerk spices and rubs, our Jamaican Jerk BBQ rub has a unique place. Why? Because it takes the classic Caribbean flavours and takes them up another level. If you are a BBQ lover, you will find this spice rub oddly satisfying because the blend of spices goes just well with the soul of a BBQ! Our Jamaican Jerk BBQ Rub is versatile, which means you can enjoy it on any meat, including red and white meat. You can even try it with vegetables, and it will taste great! This spice mix doesn't use scotch bonnet but other spices like cayenne and chilli powder. Plus, adding basil, oregano and thyme elevate the flavours.


Tips on grilling the perfect jerk

Even if you are grilling the steak for the first time, be confident! As it is no rocket science. Following these few tips, you can grill a jerk steak, lamb or chicken like a pro! Remember you can do this with your outdoor grill or your kitchen oven.

· No matter how much time you plan on giving your 'meats' cut to soak in flavours from jerk seasoning, never put it on the hot grill straight out of the refrigerator. Trust me, it won’t give you the perfect results. Always let your steak reach room temperature before you start grilling.

· Always make sure your grill or oven is properly cleaned before you start the procedure. Generously oil the grill so that the meat doesn’t stick to it.

· Once you feel your 'meats' is done, you can touch it to assess how tender it is. Touching it will tell you a lot about how well cooked it is. A meat probing thermometer will do a lot of good. Even if you touch to feel how well your grill has done, it is best to use an internal thermometer. The internal temperature is the ultimate way of getting a perfectly cooked steak or lamb.

· Let the steak rest for about 10 minutes before you start cutting it. It will help lock in the juices.

Lamb grilled with Succulento Jamaican Jerk Seasoning
Lamb grilled with Succulento Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

Temperature guide

Temperature is EVERYTHING when you grill. Here is a guide to making the perfect steak! Thus, you can blindly rely on the internal temperature to grill like a pro:

· For Rare: Take the steak off the grill when the internal temperature is at 125-degree F

· For Medium-Rare: Take the steak off the grill when the internal temperature is at 130-degree F

· For Medium: Take the steak off the grill when the internal temperature is at 145-degree F

· For Medium-Well: Take the steak off the grill when the internal temperature is at 160-degree F

· For Well-Done: Take the steak off the grill when the internal temperature is at 165-degree F.


Bottom line

Following a few simple instructions can help you land on the best BBQ jerk steak of your life! Serve it with veggies, mashed potatoes and mac n cheese and enjoy! Why not check out our Jamaican Jerk BBQ Rub.

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