Jamaican Jerk Sauce

Makes 4 about cups

“Jerk” seasoning is spicy fusion of flavors, typical of Jamaican cuisine.  The word “jerk” shares the same reference to the intense seasoning mix used on “jerked” meats.  Hot pepper, garlic, cinnamon, and allspice play with acidic vinegar, citrus juice, and sweet dates.  You can use this as a base to experiment with different peppers and citrus.  Just don’t be a jerk about it.

Jamaican Jerk Pigeon Peas and Rice

Jamaican Jerk Pigeon Peas and Rice

8 scallions, chopped
4 large garlic cloves, chopped
1 jalapeno chili, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
¼ cup dried dates
¼ cup diced pineapple
2 Tbs chopped thyme
2 Tbs ground allspice
1 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
2 oranges, juiced
2 tbs tamari (adjust to your taste)

To make Jerk Sauce:  Combine all ingredients except the tamari in a blender.  Puree until smooth.  Add half of the tamari, taste, and adjust to your preferences.  Tamari provides the salt to this sauce, so you may need more or less depending on your sensitivity to salt.

Enjoy with grill vegetables, over Pigeon Peas and rice, or roasted sweet potato and pineapple wedges.

Servings: 8

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/8 of a recipe (about 1/2 cup)
Percent daily values based on the Reference Daily Intake (RDI) for a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients.

Amount Per Serving
Calories 60.09
Calories From Fat (6%) 3.63
Calories From Protein (7%) 4.18
Calories From Carbohydrates (87%) 52.27
Calories From Alcohol (0%) 0

Total Fat 0.43g <1%
Saturated Fat 0.17g <1%
Monounsaturated Fat 0.04g 
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.08g 
Trans Fatty Acids 0g 
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 138.5mg 6%
Potassium 217.95mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 15.32g 5%
Fiber 2.64g 11%
Sugar 8.13g 
Protein 1.37g 3%

Vitamin A 300.49IU 6%
Vitamin C 33.93mg 57%
Calcium 51.82mg 5%
Iron 0.73mg 4%
Vitamin E 0.23mg 2%
Vitamin D 0IU 0%
Thiamin 0.05mg 3%
Riboflavin 0.05mg 3%
Niacin 0.58mg 3%
Vitamin B6 0.1mg 5%
Folate 28.2mcg 7%
Vitamin B12 0mcg 0%
Pantothenic Acid 0.2mg 2%
Vitamin K 31.77mcg 40%
Phosphorus 31.63mg 3%
Magnesium 17.27mg 4%
Zinc 0.21mg 1%
Copper 0.08mg 4%
Manganese 0.28mg 14%
Selenium 0.62mcg <1%