We're Going to show you how to cook a turkey - AuthenticJamaican Jerk Style.
When you are done, it should look like this picture and it will be Juicy, spicy and the aroma will make your mouth water :)
What makes this authentic, is the use of Pimento Wood and leaves. These are from the Pimento Tree -(Jamaican Allspice Tree)
Marinate your bird. Find your favorite jerk marinade sauce or recipe. We recomend "SPUR TREE JERK SEASONING"
you can order it by clicking here: Order Spur Tree
Or, here's a link to my personal recipe: Secret Jerk Recipe
Rub the bird inside and out. If you want to inject the bird, You can add a bit of soya sauce to thin it. Try to get a good amount of marinade under the skin.
Cover and refrigerate at least overnight or up to 24 hours
Step 1: Prepare Your Grill
Step 2: Soak Pimento Wood Chips
Step 3: Soak Pimento Leaves in Water
Pimento Leaf is the Leaf from the Jamaican Allspice Tree. It carries the essential oils of the tree and has an abundance of flavor. They are similar in strength to Bay Leaves. In fact, pimento leaves are a great substitution for, and tastes much better than bay leaf.
Step 4: Soak Pimento Wood Sticks
Cooking on top of pimento wood is an ancient method of cooking and flavoring. The theory goes:
Meat cooks on wood,
meat heats up,
juices drip down onto wood,
wood heats up,
juices / drips evaporate along with wood flavor
Flavors rises back up into meat
This is similar to the modern style of "Plank Grilling" - Pimento Wood Plankscan be used instead of the sticks
The heat on one side of grill and the food on the other. If you have a gas grill, turn off burners on one side. See Picture.
This style allows you to cook "Low and Slow" = lower temperature for a longer period of time allows for absorbing more smoke and yields a moister meat.
Step 6: Wrap Wood Chips in Foil
The holes should be big enough to let smoke escape but not so big as to let air in to cause fire.
Step 7: Place Pouch on Grill
Step 8: Bed of Leaves
Step 9: Stick on Top of Leaves
Step 10: Place Meat on Sticks
Step 11: More Leaves in Water
Step 12: Cook at 250 - 275
Step 13: Add More Chips + Rotate
Step 14: Baste
Step 15: Use a Meat Thermometer ! 165 Degrees
Step 16: Carve It Tup Mon !