Hello All! How are you loving these Black History Month posts?! I bet you love them, learning so much, right! I like to give more than just basic knowledge, I like to connect it to something meaningful, and today, I am telling you that Jerk Chicken yes, Jerk Chicken was a means of survival for Africans who were enslaved in Jamaica, actually the Maroon Jamaicans who escaped from British rule. Can you imagine? We as Black people have literally survived more than any group of people, if it wasn’t already part of our culture, we created a new culture out of a means for survival, and what was once survival is enjoyment today. How many times have I eaten Jerk chicken?, especially with all the Jamaican people I knew back in the day. What people don’t know is that Jerk chicken was not always spicy, the form in which it was cooked was over a hot fire similar to how we barbeque. Makes me wonder, and I’m just going to go ahead and say it, Black people invented barbeque too! At this point we just claim it. Enjoy!
History of Jerk Chicken.
I love how all the finest foods, customs, and traditions were derived from oppression, that we turned around and made victory. As Africans dispersed all over the world, we truly always had a means of survival. The history of Jerk chicken is no different, created by the Maroons of Jamaica, the slaves who escaped the British during a 1655 invasion.
The term “jerk” comes from the poking of the meat with a sharp utensil to allow the seasoning to go deep down into the meat. Traditionally, jerk was used for pork, and slow cooked over open fire pits; but now can be cooked on BBQ grills and even in the oven with a variety of meats!
The main ingredients in jerk seasoning are scotch bonnet pepper, pimento berries (allspice), and thyme. These spices are combined with scallion, onion, garlic, and other seasonings to make a marinade.
Click the video link above to watch how to make Jerk Chicken!
Enjoy Loves! ❤️