How to Make Your Very Own Jerk Seasoning

Wait, that’s no joke — there really is a jerk seasoning. No, it does not refer to a despicable flavor enhancer, but rather a blend of herbs and spices that comes straight from Jamaica.

Actually, jerk is a method of cooking that is indigenous to Jamaica. It involves dry-rubbing meat prior to cooking with seasoning that’s really hot and spicy. The name of that stuff that is rubbed onto raw meat? Jerk seasoning! Sometimes it is also known as “Jamaican jerk spice” as homage to the seasoning’s place of origin.

Simply put, jerk seasoning is a seasoning like no other. You can check out each and every seasoning you can come across at your favorite supermarket and none of it will come close to its taste.

The secret to the sheer uniqueness of jerk seasoning is this: it’s a mixture of an assortment of herbs and spices. Some of them are peppery while others are completely hot, and that’s why this seasoning from Jamaica can make your face red! There’s also a hint of sweetness in jerk seasoning, making it really easy to love!

Getting your hands on a jar of jerk seasoning is always a possibility, provided that your local grocery store is carrying it. Or you can simply make this Jamaican flavor enhancing mix from scratch. However, you have to be ready to gather a number of herbs and spices — each and every one of them helps make jerk seasoning taste like no other.

You may have to devote some time and cash to bringing together the different ingredients, but the end product is surely worthy of everything. With it, you can always surprise your family and friends!

Reaching for a jar of jerk seasoning is perfect whenever there’s meat to grill. In other words, it’s a must-have during barbecue! This Jamaican gem can help make grilled beef and pork taste so much better. It can also make grilled chicken and fish unforgettable. Indeed, jerk seasoning can make barbecue times forever etched on everyone’s heart!

Here’s how to make jerk seasoning in your very own kitchen:


1 tablespoon of garlic powder 

2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper 

2 teaspoons of onion powder 

2 teaspoons of thyme (dried) 

2 teaspoons of parsley (dried) 

2 teaspoons of sugar 

2 teaspoons of sea salt (finely ground) 

1 teaspoon of paprika 

1 teaspoon of allspice (ground) 

1/2 teaspoon of red pepper (dried and crushed) 

1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg (ground)

 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper (ground) 

1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon (ground)


-Grab a clean glass or plastic jar that comes with a cover. It’s a good idea to go for something that is airtight. If you cannot find a glass jar or plastic container, you may also simply use a small Ziploc.

-Place all of the ingredients in the container of your choice. Afterwards, shake very well to ensure that all of the ingredients are mixed thoroughly.

-Store the container in a cool and dry place in your kitchen.

That’s how quick it is to whip up jerk seasoning with your own two hands! Of course it can be a challenge to obtain all of the different herbs and spices — you should get your hands on all of them for perfection — but it will make it very easy for you to delight everyone when barbecue is the theme of the day!

After you have made your very own jerk seasoning and used it for grilling beef, pork, chicken fish and others, do come back to this site. Feel free to share your experience with this Jamaican seasoning in the comments section below!

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