This authentic Jamaican jerk pork recipe brings the taste of the Caribbean right into your own home! Use with any cut of pork, chicken, or veggies.
One of the many reasons I loved visiting Jamaica for the first time recently was being able to try authentic jerk pork and chicken. Just like cuisine native to any country, the recipe varies depending on what region of Jamaica you’re from but after testing out a few recipes and consulting with my podcast partner, Vincent, who is from Jamaica, I feel confident I’ve created the BEST Jamaican jerk pork recipe.
As much as I’d love to click my heels and be back in Jamaica enjoying this jerk pork in the warm Caribbean sun, making it at home is a great way to bring the flavor of the islands into your own kitchen – no passport required.
For the Jamaican jerk marinade, you pulse together scallions, onions, spices and Scotch bonnet peppers.
Why is Jamaican jerk?
Jerk is the process of how meat is seasoned and cooked. The ‘jerk’ portion is the poking of the meat to ensure the flavor is absorbed.
How do you keep Jamaican jerk mild?
Scotch bonnet peppers are hot papers. If you leave them out you’ll make the jerk pork milder. They are totally optional and if you leave them out you will have a mild Jamaican jerk pork chop. Alternatively, if you want it to be hotter, double the amount of peppers.
How long do I need to marinade the pork chops?
I recommend a minimum of 3 hours or up to overnight.
What other cuts of pork work with Jamaican pork?
Pork tenderloin would be a great alternative to the pork chops. You can also use chicken as well.
What should I serve with Jamaican jerk pork chops?
I recommend serving this with Jamaican rice and peas (beans).
If you have leftover Jamaican jerk pork, save it for sandwiches, salads, or wraps for later in the week.
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Jamaican Jerk Pork Chops
- 1 bunch scallions stem trimmed, quartered
- 1 small white onion peeled and quartered
- 1 lime juiced
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2-inch piece fresh ginger peeled, sliced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 3/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 Scotch bonnet peppers or more to taste, seeded and diced
- 4 pork chops bone-in, center cut
- Place everything but the pork chops in a food processor and pulse until smooth.
- Put pork chops in a resealable plastic bag and coat with the marinade. Let sit in refrigerator for 3 hours or up to overnight.
- Heat grill on high heat and grill pork chops 8 minutes per side.