Jerk Pork

This Caribbean pepper is famous for being the hottest chile pepper in the world. They come in a variety of shapes and colors(yellow, orange,green, red,chocolate). Not only are they extremely hot, but they also have a unique,distinctively fruity flavor.

It is the key ingredient in the popular Jamaican Jerk sauce. The habanero is also widely used in many different types of hot sauces. The popularity of this chile pepper continues to grow and is becoming easier to find on the grocery shelf.

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1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup white vinegar
4 green onions, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2-5 scotch bonnets (habanero) peppers, seeded and minced
3 bay leaves
3 peppercorns
1 Tbsp cinnamon
3-4 allspice berries, crushed
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
3 lbs pork chops (1-inch thick)


In a small bowl, combine oil and vinegar. Stir in the next 9 ingredients (green onions- nutmeg).

Trim fat from pork chops and then place them in a large baggie or marinating dish.

Pour spice mixture over pork chops and then place bag or dish in a large baking pan and place in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours, turning every 4 hours.

Allow pork chops to come to room temperature before grilling. Place chops on a prepared grill and cover with the lid. Grill 5-10 minutes per side or until done.

Serves 4-6.

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