Dirty Dicks Grilled Jerk Chicken

Serves 8

Active prep time: 45 min

Total prep time: 2 1/2 hrs


Jerk Marinade:

  • 4 scallions, rough chopped
  • 4 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 3 tbsp Dirty Dick's Hot Pepper Sauce
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • juice of 1 orange
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 3 tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp fresh grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

For Chicken:

  • 4 chicken breast halves with skin and bones (3 pounds), halved crosswise
    2 1/2 to 3 pounds chicken thighs and drumsticks



  1. Blend all marinade ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  2. Divide chicken pieces and marinade between 2 sealable plastic bags. Seal bags, pressing out excess air, then turn bags over several times to distribute marinade. Put bags of chicken in a shallow pan and marinate, chilled, turning once or twice, for 24 hours.
  3. Remove from marinade wipe marinade from skin side only.
  4. Let chicken stand at room temperature 1 hour before cooking.

Cooking (Charcoal Grill):

  1. Open vents on bottom of grill and on lid. Light a large chimney of charcoal briquettes (about 100) and pour them evenly over 1 side of bottom rack (you will have a double or triple layer of charcoal).
  2. When charcoal turns grayish white and you can hold your hand 5 inches above rack for 3 to 4 seconds, sear chicken skin side down in batches on lightly oiled rack over coals until well browned on all sides, about 5 minutes per batch. watch carefully do not let your chicken burn. Move chicken as seared to side of grill with no coals underneath, then cook, covered with lid, until cooked through, 25 to 30 minutes more.

Cooking (Gas Grill):

  1. Preheat burners on high, then adjust heat to moderate. Cook chicken until well browned on all sides, 15 to 20 minutes. Adjust heat to low and cook chicken, covered with lid, until cooked through, about 25 minutes more.

Serve chicken with your favorite salsa.