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Jerk seasoning, as mentioned in my previous posts on jerk, is a traditional spicy Jamaican seasoning used for different types of meats. However, the most popular meats used are chicken and pork.
In Jamaica, we have a few spots that are “must try” for jerk. One in particular being Boston Jerk in Portland. Jerk pork and chicken is best done on a grill, but this recipie I adapted as my own comes out great as an oven baked if you don’t have a grill.
The jerk seasoning is made by blending the seasonings together. It is then rubbed onto the pork and marinated for at least 2 hours in a seasoning bowl. You would then cook it for a few minutes in the pressure cooker and then bake or broil for a few more minutes in a baking pan according to the directions.
The result is tender, spicy pieces of jerk pork with the distinct flavor of different spices that will leave you highly satisfied.
The most popular serving suggestion for jerk pork has to be Jamaican Hardo bread if you have access to it. If not, any of your favorite breads should do. This makes the perfect weekend meal. In my home we usually do this on a Friday or Saturday evening. Leave me a comment and tell me how it came out.
Oven Baked Jerk Pork
- 4 Lbs. Pork leg or shoulder Cut in medium pieces
- 1 tsp. Salt
- 1 tsp. Black Pepper
- 1 tsp. Pimento Berries
- 4 Cloves garlic
- 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
- 6 Scotch Bonet Peppers
- 2 Sprigs Fresh Thyme
- 2 Stalks Scallions
- 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon Powder
- 1/2 tsp. Nutmeg Grated
- 3 Tbsp. Dark or Mushroom Soy Sauce
- 1/4 Cup Vinegar
Cut up pork in medium pieces and set aside. (Do not remove excess fat as this helps to keep pork moist and prevent from drying out when baking).
Blend all remaining ingredients in blender until smooth.
Pour blended seasonings on pork and rub in evenly. Tightly cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight. If cooking less, you may half the pork and place remainder jerk seasoning in a jar in fridge for future use.
Place in pressure cooker and cook about 15 minutes after hissing starts, if only doing 2 lbs., pressure for 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheet with foil and place pork pieces on baking tray. Bake about 20 minutes uncovered until brown.
*This recipe may be used to cook on a grill, but you would leave the pork in larger pieces and not cut until after cooking. Your grilling time will be adjusted to approximately 20 minutes on each side or you can check when cooked.
** You may also adjust your jerk seasoning to your preference as some people prefer more spicier. Some peppers are also spicier than others.