Jamaica Independence Day 2022 is Saturday, 6 August, giving gourmands the perfect excuse to fire up the grill and put on a Caribbean-inspired feast!

The national holiday celebrates the day Jamaica gained independence from the UK on 6 August 1962. Across the country, a range of festivities take place, from carnivals to street parades and family gatherings. Of course, like almost all celebrations, at the centre is food. 

Jerk; Jamaica’s most iconic cuisine 

 

Jamaica is perhaps best known for jerk, a style of cooking native to the Caribbean country in which meat – typically chicken or pork – is rubbed with a spicy wet or dry marinade and then cooked over hot and smoky pimento wood.

Pimento wood comes from Jamaica’s native pimento or allspice trees, which can be found growing throughout the Caribbean nation. Because pimento wood is a dense dry wood it smokes cleanly for an extended period of time, which, along with the jerk seasoning, helps impart incredible flavour to your chosen meats.

Jerk stands – often discarded oil drums filled with pimento wood – can be found throughout the country and take centre stage at celebrations, with long queues often forming at the most popular.

The hot and spicy Scotch bonnet pepper

Everyone has their own secret Jamaican jerk marinade recipe, but at the centre of each one is the indigenous Scotch bonnet pepper, one of the spiciest chillies in the world with an incredible heat rating of 100,000 to 350,000 Scoville units. For comparison, that’s 40 times hotter than a typical jalapeno pepper!

Chilli No.5’s Jamaican Jerk healthy hot sauce is perfect for replicating this traditional cuisine this Jamaica Independence Day. Made with the finest ingredients, it is packed with hot and spicy Scotch bonnet peppers, lime juice, thyme, ginger, and red onion, as well as our handpicked selection of supplements and superfoods. Bursting with authentic flavours and plenty of spice, our Jamaican Jerk hot sauce is guaranteed to wow.

How to prepare an authentic Jamaica Independence Day jerk feast

 

Just like in Jamaica, we like to let our Jamaican jerk marinade do the talking. Simply smother some high-quality chicken or pork in our Jamaican Jerk luxury hot sauce and leave it to marinate in the fridge – the longer the better!

Once marinaded, bring to room temperature and slow-cook over hot coals or pimento wood for a real authentic flavour, until the meat is tender, juicy, and falling off the bone. The secret to jerk chicken or pork is the burning smoke, which imparts an extra layer of flavour – so the slower you cook the meat and the smokier your BBQ all the better.

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So, what goes with Jamican jerk chicken or pork to complete your Jamaican feast? Rice and peas are a national favourite, alongside plantain and Johnny cakes, a type of fried flatbread. Other sides include slaw, breadfruit, and callaloo – a local green leafy vegetable that is packed with a host of nutritional benefits.

Of course, let’s not forget the drinks this Jamaica Independence Day! Rum is Jamaica’s national drink, so why not prepare a rum-based cocktail to cool your taste buds from all that hot and spicy jerk meat? If you prefer a beer, opt for some Red Stripe, a tasty pale lager brewed by Desnoes and Geddes in Jamaica. For a soft drink option, traditional sorrel tea is a must! Oh, and don’t forget to pop some Bob Marley on – Jamaica’s most iconic reggae singer and songwriter to truly set the scene.

If you’re wondering where can I buy Jamican Jerk sauce, then look no further than Chilli No. 5.  For an incredible taste of Jamaica this Jamaican Independence Day, our Jamaican Jerk healthy hot sauce is a must!

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