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Jerk Chicken with pimento wood chips, pimento sticks and pimento leaves

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My wife and I went to Jamaica several years back and since I have been obsessed with Jamaican food especially Jerk. I have tried so many different rubs, marinades and dry rubs over the past few years.  Below is my #1 personal favorite marinade and process to make Jerk Chicken.  This process does require using pimento wood chips, pimento wood sticks and pimento leaves. I have tried Jerk without pimento chips, sticks and leaves and it just is not worth cooking Jerk without these items. The pimento wood truly gives jerk that amazing flavor and taste.


  • 2 Ounces Cane Vinegar (white vinegar works as well)
  • 2 Ounces of Meyers Jamaican Rum or any dark rum (optional)
  • 2 Cups of light Soy Sauce
  • 1 Head of Garlic
  • 1 bunch of green onions 
  • 1 bunch of fresh Thyme
  • 6-8 scotch bonnet peppers OR habanero peppers  (cut in half and de-seed)
  • 4 tablespoons of Jamiacan Allspice seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon of ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of Paprika 
  • 1 tablespoon of Nutmeg
  • 1.5 tablespoons of Cinnamon
  • 2.5 tablespoons of Brown Sugar 
Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor until fine. This marinade will marinade two five pound chickens. Lightly salt and pepper your chicken before adding the marinade.
Be sure to marinade your chickens 24-48 hours minimum.

Soak your pimento wood sticks and pimento leaves in water for 30-45 minutes. Soaking the pimento wood chips is not necessary but if you do soak the chips 10-15 minutes at the most.
I buy my products from a US based company called PimentoWoodProducts
When making Jerk Chicken it is important that you offset cook.  Meaning heat on one side of the grill and meat on the other side of the grill.  NEVER PUT HEAT DIRECTLY UNDER THE MEAT!!  Same thing applies if you are using charcoal or gas!
1.  Place a bed of pimento leaves on one side of grill (NON HEAT SIDE)
2.  Place your smoker box or foil pouch for pimento chips and a small pan of water with a few pimento leaves in it for moisture on the other side of grill (HEAT SIDE)
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 3.  Lay your pimento sticks atop of the pimento leaves (4 pimento sticks will work)
Start your grill up turning the heat under the side of the grill that your smoker box and water pan are. Let the grill heat up for about 10 minutes.
4. Put two five pound birds atop the pimento sticks and leaves
5. Cook at 275-290 degrees for 3.5 - 4 Hours until internal temp is at 165 degrees and the juices run clear. Do not let your grill go over 300 degrees or your will dry out your birds. 
6. Let those pimento wood chips smoke!  You only need about 4 ounces of  pimento wood chips, we like to break it up into two different smoke sessions. One at the beginning and one following right after our first initial smoke runs out. Be sure not to oversmoke your birds!
 After about 3+ hours of grilling at 275-290 degrees and your birds get to about 150 degrees internal you can remove the pimento wood sticks and grill directly on the grill to finish the process to get the birds up to 160 - 165 degrees internal.
Once your birds get to about 160 degrees internal temperature you can take the birds off the grill and wrap in tin foil and let rest for 10-15 minutes before eating. This allows the juices to build up even more! 
Serve and enjoy!



Below are a few others as well  that are worth trying


There are a few other marinades that are pretty good out there.  Others that I have tried that are decent are Hellen Willinsky marinade from her book Jerk from Jamaica  which is  a very good rub (green paste) that has a little sweetness to it. Jay's Jerk recipe is also a decent one as well, both of these can easily be found online.   If any of you have any jerk marinades, rubs or recipes they would like to share or add to this thread feel free to do so.

Edited by alwaysbesmokin - 1/5/15 at 11:13am
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Sounds tasty!

Happy smoken.


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Heads up - DO NOT buy products from that company. I made that mistake, my money disappeared and my products got seized in customs. There is only ONE approved exporter of pimento wood out of Jamaica that has been doing it since 2006 -  All the other fly by night pop up sellers get shut down as they are not approved by the Ministry of Jamaica regardless of what  their FaceBook store says. Trust me -  I learned the hard way (and expensive!).

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Is it not obvious that user TheGrillFriend is the owner of !  Are you serious just joined today to post this garbage lie about how you bought wood from a competitor and it got seized by Customs!  Absolutely funny! is a United States based company!  There is no customs involved because it is shipped from the United States!  I have been buying from for a while now with zero problems whatsoever. Packages come to me from rather California or South Dakota. There are no customs and sorry, you are no longer the only authorized company to distribute these type of products here in the states. The fact that you have to join this forum and spew out lies about a competitor shows how pathetic you are of a company.

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You are completely wrong. Yes, all pimento wood products MUST go through export and import customs in each country. We just spent two weeks in Jamaica meeting with three arms of the government, all of who we have been working with since 2006. We get DOZENS of calls from consumers who are duped by scam sellers of pimento wood, that not only loose their money they also never receive their product as it is seized in customs. There is an absolute reason Jamaica protects this wood as it was almost decimated at the turn of the century. So, go ahead and take your changes with BS companies that try to mimic There is no way you are assured you are actually getting pimento wood, there is no assurance whatever wood you get has been properly decontaminated. We have all the paperwork going back eight years documenting every shipment out of Jamaica, and YES they MUST go through customs leaving Jamaica and through customs in the USA. is the only legitimate exporter of the product for a reason - and well established with an impeccable reputation. We have worked a decade to build the business and I can assure you, you can't simply chop down some pimento wood trees and send them to the USA

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I used to be one of your customers TheGrillFriend before discovering pimentowoodproducts. Decided to try their product and it's just as good as your company so please stop bashing competitors, it makes your company look bad.

Here's a shot of my recent order of sticks, chips and leaves from

If anyone wants to exchange jerk marinade or rub recipes PM me or I will post a few here in the next couple weeks. Jerk on!
post #8 of 9

Happy Superbowl Everyone!!

Edited by TheGrillFriend - 2/1/15 at 6:17am
post #9 of 9

Nice recipe, Looks amazing. 

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