Monday, March 14, 2011

Jerk Pork On The Grill

Decided it was time for a food header.

Bev’s pronouncement that she wants to grill out more, coupled with my desire to improve my charcoal grilling skills, had me thinking in that direction for supper. I’d bougth a whole pork loin, as I usually do, when they were on sale, cut it into chops and roasts, vacuum packed, and tossed in the freezer. I had a request for smoked jerk chicken for my last BBQ day and still had plenty of the marinade left so it sounded like grilled jerk pork loin was the ticket.

I thawed the roast the day before and the morning off, I carved it into four 1¼“ chops – I could have gotten five or six thinner ones, but I like em thick.

After trimming off some of the fat, I put them into a plastic bag with the jerk marinade for an eight hour soak. We’ve previously tried both a short and long marinade time and much prefer the longer time. I can’t recall if I posted the recipe and couldn’t find it, so here it is (again). I was out of allspice so ground some fresh berries, which really made a difference.

Jamacian Jerk Marinade
From my son Eric who got it on line somewhere

- 3 lb. of boneless pork loin
- 6 sliced scotch bonnet peppers (jalapenos may be used if scotch bonnet peppers are unavailable)
- 2 Tbsp. thyme
- 2 Tbsp. ground allspice
- 1 Bulb of garlic, finely chopped
- 3 Medium onions, finely chopped
- 2 Tbsp. sugar
- 2 Tbsp. salt
- 2 Tsp. ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- Juice of one lime
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 1 to 2 Tsp of the following (to taste)(I used 1 tsp of each)
     ground cinnamon

1 - Chop the onions, garlic and peppers. These do not need to be chopped too fine as they will be liquefied by the blender.
2 - Blend all of the ingredients (excluding the pork) in a blender to make the jerk sauce.
3 - Cut the pork up in to smaller pieces.
4 - Use a fork to poke some holes in the pork pieces.
5 - Rub the sauce in to the meat, saving some for basting and dipping later.
6 - Leave the pork in the fridge to marinade overnight.

The last time I grilled over charcoal, I used too much and ended up with a really hot fire, so this time, after a fun afternoon of sausage stuffing, I fired up a half chimney.  I put the chops over dierct heat until I got a nice crust on each side, then moved over indirect to an internal temp of 145* (I like mine pink and juicy).  After moving them I tossed on what I hope is the last of the store bought asparagus for a while.

Then I added a side salad with remoulade to my plate.

And much to my delight Bev made another Chocolate Truffle Cake and bought some raspberries.

It was a pretty darn good meal and I think this is a first class jerk marinade.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.



  1. I'm not normally a "jerk" fan but will save this recipe and give it a try. I think the few times I've had anything Jamaican it's been so blasted hot that I can't find much flavor. Do those scotch b. peppers make it unbearable? Maybe I should use my trusty jalapenos?

  2. Look at those chops.. Love how thick they are!! I just made a jerk chicken recipe that I was not too fond of. This one is different enough where I want to try it again...I was sort of giving up on finding a good jerk recipe!

  3. LA - It's not very hot - Bev complained not hot enough.

  4. You had some gorgeous chops plus I'm a huge fan of jerk seasoning. Cooking over charcoal really adds a certain something something to whatever you're cooking.

  5. Larry, That is one fine looking meal! Love grilled pork and aparagus so it can't miss. Of course, I'm more of a crank up the heat guy and try to pull it from the fire before it's overcooked! I usually succeed...but not always. Also, thanks for going back to the prime rib & twice baked potato cover page! I missed it! Drool! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  6. It looks like a first class dinner from start to finish!

  7. When you decide to go for a food header, you really go for a food header!

  8. Looks good Larry!
    I've had the chicken now I'll try the pork. Have to keep it on the mild side for Momma though. She's not a big fan of the hot stuff!

  9. I get busy for a week and look how much you've posted! I've got lots of reading to do. Meanwhile, this dish looks amazing. I love that asparagus and those beautiful berries. I'm going to have to catch up on my reading, soon, it looks like you've created some great eats!!

  10. Jerk pork chops, **** I need to try those! I like that you kept them thicker, it gives you a juicier chop and better meat.


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