Jerk Rub - Add the Unique Taste of the
Caribbean Islands to Your Home Cooking

Traditionally used to tenderise tough goat meat, this jerk rub is the perfect all-purpose blend for all your favourite cuts of meat. Often you'll find it made with fiery Scotch bonnet peppers, but for this recipe I have used hot chili powder, (the hotter the better!) as not everyone will have peppers available. It'll still taste fabulous! (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)

Note: This rub uses a few whole spices as these add the best flavours. If you only have pre-ground powders to hand, simply reduce the quantities the recipe requires by half. For example, for 2 tablespoons of cumin seeds you would use 1 tablespoon of pre-ground cumin. Reduce any others you don't have whole by half as well and stir in with any other powders when making.

Homemade Jerk Rub Recipe

What You'll Need: (makes about 12 tablespoons)

3 tbsp allspice berries
2 tbsp dried thyme
2 tbsp hot chili powder (or more!)
2 tbsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp sea salt
1 tbsp annatto seeds (optional)
4 tsp dried chives (optional)
4 tsp black peppercorns
4 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp ginger powder
2 tsp nutmeg powder
8-10 dried bay leaves
3 inch piece cinnamon stick

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Break up the cinnamon and crumble the bay
  • Grind the cinnamon and bay pieces along with the salt, annatto (if using), cumin seeds, allspice berries and peppercorns
  • Sieve into a bowl 
  • Stir in the ginger, garlic, nutmeg and chili powders
  • Finally, crumble in the thyme and if using, the dried chives. Stir again

Store your jerk mix in an airtight jar, in a cool place and out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months before making a fresh amount.

Toasting, Grinding and Combining Tips

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Note: For even more flavours and aromas you could dry toast the coriander, cumin, allspice and peppercorns prior to cooling, grinding and combining with the other ingredients. 

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