Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings
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A trip to Jamaica is not complete until you have tried the “Jerk Seasonings” that are used to flavor some of the best chicken, wings and pork you have ever had the pleasure to enjoy. Once you have eaten them you can’t go home without a few jars of jerk seasoning and some dried spices in your luggage.
These Jerk Chicken stands are everywhere in Jamaica. All selling the jerk seasoned pork and chicken to both locals and tourists. The road to Dunn’s River Falls had numerous stops along the way selling this delicious and sought after tasty food and the Jamaican Beer that the country is known for brewing.
After a trip to the falls in bus that rattled and shook with each pothole we hit, a stop at roadside stand was a welcome respite. An order of jerk chicken and sliced white bread is just the thing to fill you up for the ride back to your hotel. While you eat your lunch you can take a look at the wares the local craftsman are selling and these native Jamaicans are always ready to bargain.
As the bus swerved to avoid hitting the occasional chicken,
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Or to cook like the Jamaicans: Build a wood fire on the ground. After you get a good bed coals established, lay foil covered grill over the wood coals. Cover the foil lined grill with wings and chicken and cook until done. For an authentic meal, consider adding some other Jamaican specialities to the menu that night.
The Jamaican Jerk Chicken and Pork Stands are lacking in basic rules of the sanitary handling of foods or in the safest ways of cooking and preparing the chicken goat or pig. They would not come close to passing a Health Department Inspection in any City or State in the USA.
Use caution when eating at the roadside stands. The food is awesome and inexpensive, if you can get past the acceptable way the cooks prepare the foods and if you are interested in mingling with the locals most of whom are carrying their crafts to sell to the Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wing lovers who stop at this well known Jerk hut.
Jerk Chicken is believed to have been conceived when the Maroons introduced African meat cooking techniques to Jamaica which were combined with native Jamaican ingredients and seasonings used by the Arawak. The method of smoking meat for a long period of time served two practical purposes, keeping insects away from the raw meat and preserving it for longer once it has been cooked. This process also introduces a strong smoky flavour to the meat.
There are two commonly held theories regarding how the name “Jerk” came to be used. One is that it originates from the Spanish word “Charqui”, used to describe dried meat. Over time this term evolved from “Charqui” to “Jerky” to “Jerk”. Another theory is that the name derives from the practice of jerking (poking) holes in the meat to fill with spices prior to cooking. Nowadays, the word “Jerk” is used as a noun to describe the seasoning applied to jerked food and as a verb to describe the process of cooking used.