Spicy-sweet jerk beef stew offers a taste of the Caribbean.
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Most people who have spent time in the Caribbean have tried jerk seasoning. Jerk is a wet seasoning that most often includes garlic, thyme, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, lime and soy sauce and is most often used on chicken. Some of my favorite memories involving jerk chicken involve a long night at a beach bar, followed by a quick stop at a smoking grill on the side of the road for some spicy jerk chicken to fill me up before bed. Make sure to have lots of beer to serve alongside this chicken.
What's the first image that pops into your head when you think about Jamaica? Bob Marley? White sandy beaches? A certain smokable substance? Perhaps a steel drum band? Or maybe, if your mind tends to jump to more food related images, a smokey grill filled with jerk chicken and pork coated in that super spiced Jamaican seasoning that tastes like nothing else.
According to Rick Browne, author of this week's Cook the Book selection, The Best Barbecue on Earth, Jamaica "may well be the birthplace of barbecue in its most classic sense: slow, smoky cooking over low heat." Jerks—from chicken, pork, and...