This blog covers the different types of rubs, the history of jerk rubs and the different kinds of recipes for jerk rubs, as well as how to use jerk rubs.
A quick definition – Jerk Rub is a spice mix made from chili peppers and other spices. The basic ingredients in any jerk rub include allspice, cloves, nutmeg, garlic powder, black pepper and salt. The seasoning can be applied on chicken, fish or pork before grilling or barbecuing. This spice mix can also be added to marinades. The word “Jerk” comes from Jamaican cooking which is characterized with a spicy flavor.
Allspice- allspice is a tropical evergreen tree native to the West Indies, Central America and northern South America which is cultivated in many areas of the world. It was introduced into Spanish cuisine by Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to the New World. It is one of the ingredients in commercial meat preparations like sausage and pepperoni, and it is used in jerk seasoning mixes and barbecue sauces.
The Jamaican preparation style involves rubbing a dry mixture of aromatic herbs and spices onto pieces of meat (chicken, pork or fish) for several minutes before grilling or slow cooking over direct heat. The
What is a pepper rub? What is it made from? How do you make your own rubs? How do you choose the right rub for your meat? The answers to these questions are many and varied, but I am going to try and guide you through them all.
Quotes on Peppers
“I would have said, “No, sir,” but no sir was not there.” – Mark Twain
“Pepper: A distillation of the most biting ingredients in a meal.” – Unknown
“They have only one fault; they have no other flavor.” – Mark Twain
Chef’s Blend Pepper Rub
Since jerk recipes are often passed down through families, it is hard to find a precise recipe. Since each family has its own blend of spices, this makes it even harder to figure out the exact ingredients.
The best way to find out what you like is to experiment on your own. There are many variations in terms of the type of meat and how long you should marinate them. You need to try different combinations until you find one that works for you. The type of meat you use and how long you leave it in the marinade can all make a difference in taste and flavor.
There are some basic ingredients found in most jerk recipes, but there are also certain ingredients that differ from recipe to recipe and from family to family. Today I will cover the basics and then some variations that I have tried over time.
Allspice: This spice comes from Jamaica originally, so it is only fitting that is used in this country’s national dish. It is closely related to the Pimenta Dioica tree, which is also a symbol of Jamaica as well as the national tree of Jamaica. It also has a lot of names depending on where it is grown, but allspice is what we know and love when we use it in cooking
In the Caribbean, jerk is a term for meat that has been flavored with allspice and Scotch bonnet peppers, as well as other seasonings. In the United States, jerk usually refers to a style of grilling meat that originated in Jamaica. Jerk cooking uses pimento wood (also called allspice wood), which is native to Jamaica and other islands in the Caribbean.
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Jerk is also used as an adjective in some cases – as one might say “this music is jerky” or “I’ve had enough of your jerky attitude.”**
Pepper is a spice that is often used as an ingredient in cooking. Pepper can be found in most kitchens and is used to flavor many dishes. Pepper is also known for being a natural stimulant and has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes.
Tropical and Indian cuisine rely heavily on the use of pepper as a spice. Jamaican jerk seasoning is perhaps one of the most well-known uses of pepper as a rub. Jerk seasonings are also used frequently in South African cuisine.
It is a spicy condiment made from the dried, ground fruits of capsicum plants. It is commonly used as a seasoning and to add flavor to foods.
Capsicum comes from plants in the genus Capsicum, members of the nightshade family, Solanaceae. The most common Capsicum used in the world is Capsicum annuum, although there are more than 300 different species of capsicum.
Tropical and semi-tropical peppers are much hotter than those grown in the temperate zone, but all have a similar flavor profile with sweet fruitiness.
Capsaicin is not destroyed by freezing or canning and remains active when dried or burned (Source: Wikipedia).**
We can place this section under **Biography* since it is about spices, which are common ingredients in food.
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Pepper is a spice that is derived from the fruit of pepper plants. The fruit itself is also called a pepper and when it is dried and ground, it is commonly referred to as a peppercorn. Pepper can be used whole or ground into a powder, and was a very valuable trading commodity for centuries before the spice trade became common in Europe. It has also been used as a form of currency, and was one of the earliest forms of money. Pepper has been found in Egyptian tombs that date back to about 3000 B.C.
Tasmanian pepper is an unusual variety because it contains an unusually high amount of oil (1-3% compared with 0.01-0.2% for normal black pepper). This makes the taste more immediate, and hotter than other varieties of pepper. Tasmanian pepper grows on trees and looks like small black berries with tiny hairs growing over them.
The most interesting thing about black pepper is that it may have originated in India but spread to every part of the world over hundreds or thousands of years via different routes, but all originating from India. This appears to be due to its use as a spice, which made it much more desirable than other types of spices at the time, which caused it to be traded