Caribbean Jerk Pork Chops ~ Sweet and Savory
If you’ve never had the sweet savory goodness that is Caribbean Jerk Pork Chops, you are certainly missing one of the best flavors of meat out there. I love to bring a bit of the Caribbean to my table with expertly seasoned and tender meat, grilled to perfection. Jerk seasoning has a long history in the Caribbean, especially Jamaica, where Maroons, who lived in the mountains of Jamaica, would season the game meat that they killed with a variety of local, native spices. These beautiful spices give the meat a deep, rich flavor that can’t be beat!
What Makes a Caribbean Jerk Pork Chops so Amazing?
The blend of seasonings might make you question my sanity, but trust me, it’s amazing. The wet ingredients of Caribbean Jerk Pork Chops include orange juice, vinegar, soy sauce and olive oil. Brown sugar adds a touch of sweetness to compliment the dash of cayenne pepper. Then comes the good stuff: cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger bring a deep savory flavor that is complimented by the brightness of garlic and the earthiness of thyme. The mixture comes together to create a party on your tongue that can’t be beat! I make my Caribbean Jerk Pork Chops seasoning in a plastic zippy bag, then toss in my chops and marinate at least 6 hours, but usually overnight. The seasonings go deep into the meat and grilling them really brings out the best of them!
- 1/2 C orange juice
- 1/2 C apple cider vinegar
- 3 T soy sauce
- 1/4 C olive oil
- 1 T brown sugar
- 1 t salt
- 1 t thyme
- 1/4 t cayenne pepper
- 1 t cinnamon
- 1 t nutmeg
- 1 T allspice
- 1 T ginger
- 2 T garlic
- 2 lbs pork chops
- Mix all ingredients except the pork chops in a gallon size plastic zippy bag.
- Add the pork chops, remove any air, and seal the bag.
- Turn to coat all the chops.
- Grill on medium heat until no pink remains in the center.
Caribbean Jerk Pork Chops or Chicken or Beef or…
Just about any meat works in Caribbean Jerk Pork Chops. I’ve marinated chicken pieces, steaks, and even basted thick burgers with the mixture. It lends its deliciousness to anything you baste it or marinate in it. In the middle of winter, when grilling out is not the easiest, you can even bake your Caribbean Jerk Pork Chops (or chicken or beef…)! It makes a great summertime treat when it’s not quite summertime outside. Raid your spice drawer and grab some meat for a Caribbean Jerk Pork Chops treat!