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Jamaican Jerk Pork

© 2006 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Question: What is jerk?
What is the jerk food that is popular in Jamaica and the Caribbean?
Answer: Jerk is the process of spicing and grilling meats, poultry, and even vegetables, although the most popular are jerk pork and jerk chicken. The resulting food yields a spicy-sweet flavor and a tender texture. Jerk is also used as a noun when describing the dry or wet seasoning mix used to jerk a particular food. Jerk shacks thrive on the side of the road in Jamaica as a local fast-food industry.

Be forewarned, if you cannot handle spicy-hot foods, jerk may not be for you. Deletion of the chile pepper vastly changes the end product, and it's just not jerk without the heat! Take a look at the three most important ingredients of jerk seasoning before trying an authentic Jamaican jerk recipe.

More About Jamaican Jerk Foods:

Important Jerk Ingredients
What is jerk?
Jerk History
Authentic Jamaican Jerk Sauce Recipe
Jamaican Jerk Pork in the Oven Recipe
Jamaican Jerk Pork Photo © 2006 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.
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