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Jamaican Jerk Marinade

Jamaican Jerk Marinade
This is a slightly tweaked version of The Spice House's traditional jerk sauce recipe, submitted by long-time crew member Jennifer 'JR' Statz. Mix this Jamaican jerk marinade recipe up the night before your barbeque party, and you'll be ready to go straight to the grill.

Yield: 4 to 5 appetizer servings


Featured in this Recipe


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • ¼ cup vinegar (apple cider or white distilled work fine)
  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice (1 large orange)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (1 small lime)
  • 1 package (16 to 20 pieces) chicken wings

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Wash and cut the chicken wings. Cut each wing at the joints, throw away the wing tips, and you'll get two finger-lickin' pieces per wing.

  2. Mix the marinade ingredients together, pour over the wings, and refrigerate overnight (at least 4 to 6 hours, and up to 2 days).

  3. Zip lock bags make great disposable marinating containers.
  4. Throw the left-over marinade away. Grill as desired.

Helpful Hints

This marinade works for other cuts of chicken--any poultry really. It's also great for fish, but you don't need a long marination time.

Based on 19 reviews

Customer Reviews


I made this last night with chicken thighs. Other than making a half recipe, I followed the recipe. I was prepared for the lip numbing version I remember from Jamaican jerk stands. This was so good—just enough heat. I plan to buy lots more of this seasoning. This free jar won’t last long.

James R

I use this recipe and marinade the wings overnight as noted. You don’t have to double this or get the wings soaking. Just coat them and mix the bowl up or toss the bag around a bit a few times while they are marinading. I put the wings on parchment and bake at 325 for 1 hour. Then I grill them to brown/crisp them up (or broil for a few minutes). Absolutely my favorite wing ever.

Michael J

Perhaps the best chicken I’ve ever tasted. Marinate chicken thighs overnight, then grill, letting some of the skin get good and crispy. Try a 6 oz can of pineapple juice instead of fresh orange and lime juice.

Gregory B

I always serve this with Jamaican Rice And Peas. Rice, kidney beans, coconut milk, thyme, onion and garlic. Excellent meal!

Mark B

I use this marinade all the time. In addition to chicken, I use it on a pork roast. Make sure that it has a ‘fat cap.’ I score it with a knife and spread the marinade all over it, put it in a bag and leave it for about two days. They I slowly roast it for 8 hours at 275 degrees. You can serve it as a main dish or pull it apart for hot sandwiches.

Beth V

This is hands-down the absolute best spice mix I have had from here, and I’ve tried quite a few of them. Just follow the recipe on the bottle. Kids love it, adults love it. If you’re looking for a wonderful accompanying side dish, Indonesian yellow rice is phenomenal (nasi kuning) is a good recipe, the one I use for my rice cooker can be found in the ultimate rice cooker cookbook. They pair wonderfully. For a vegetable I would go with stir fry hollow vegetable (ong choy) with garlic or fried plantains.

Save the marinade, simmer it for a few minutes to kill any germs and use as a dipping sauce.

Dirk B

Do not throw the wing tips away. Place them in a 1 gallon freezer bag and when you make stock, add then to the stock.

Dan T

Made the recipe as directed and poured into a ziplock filled with 4 boneless, skinless breasts. Reserved a few tablespoons on the side for rice. I only marinated for 1.5 hours in the fridge and then grilled the chicken. Really great flavor. I would be wary of marinating for longer than 2 hours, though, as the acids in the citrus could turn the chicken mealy. The only thing penetrating the chicken is the soy and any salt in the spice mix anyways. The marinade is really only a surface flavoring.

Tim W

We use 10 or so bone in/skin on thighs and smoke them on our Weber charcoal grill and everyone is hooked!! This seasoning is amazing. We have tried some of the popular jarred brands of jerk and they don’t even compare. Everything we have gotten from The Spice House has been excellent. But this Jerk seasoning is the best!

Bo S

Would that be okay to inject into a turkey? And what’s the vinegar for? Thanks,

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