Chili Pepper Madness

October 04, 2015

Homemade Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

Homemade Jamaican Jerk Seasoning Homemade Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

Don't you love a good jerk seasoning? Jerk cooking originated in Jamaica and you'll get all those wonderful Caribbean flavors when you cook with these spices. It is traditionally used with chicken, but it works great over shrimp and other seafood. I'm not very picky in how I use it. When I want spice, I want some spice! With these flavors, it can work with any protein of your preference. Tofu, anyone? Why not? It also works on vegetables, like grilled corn on the cob. That recipe is coming soon!

There are quite a lot of seasonings that go into this dry rub - fifteen, to be specific, with my personal blend. You can easily buy some from the store or your favorite online spice shop, but I like to make mine at home for a couple reasons. First, I can emphasize certain ingredients over others. Want less clove? No problem. A bit more allspice? Go for it! Secondly, I can easily slip in a few (or more!) dashes of a superhot blend that I've recently dehydrated. Consider this! A Jamaican Jerk Seasoning blend with a half teaspoon of Moruga or Reaper powder? Oh yeah, some extra heat for me. So happy! Consider the addition of the Scotch Bonnet or habanero, something more local to Jamaica. But whatever works for you!

Homemade Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

Homemade Jamaican Jerk Seasoning


  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground thyme
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground clove
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons sugar

Cooking Directions

  1. Mix it all together evenly! Makes about a third of a cup.

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  • Comment Link Kelley October 16, 2016 posted by Kelley

    How manu teaspoons of sugar? Thanks!

    REPLY: Kelley, 2 teaspoons. -- Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  • Comment Link Steve October 10, 2015 posted by Steve

    Can't wait to try it thanks

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