Grilled spicy chicken with Caribbean spices and flavor. Basted with a ginger beer jerk bbq sauce and a squeeze of lime.
1. Cut along each side of the backbone of the chicken. Remove backbone. Discard or save for bone broth. Cut cartilage on the breastbone. This will relax the breast and the chicken should lay flat.
2. Put all ingredients for jerk paste is a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.
3. Reserve 1-3 tablespoons for Jerk BBQ Sauce (depending on how hot and spicy you would like your sauce). Refrigerate until ready to use. The sauce can be made in advance. Store in refrigerator in a jar.
4. Place chicken in a dish or large resealable bag. Using rubber gloves rub remaining jerk paste all over the chicken. Place chicken breast side down. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
1. In a medium-size saucepan, combine ketchup, pineapple juice, and ginger beer. Stir in 1-3 tablespoons jerk paste.
2. Simmer for 20-30 minutes or until desired consistency.
3. The sauce can be made a week in advance. Store in refrigerator
4. Use sauce to baste the chicken as it cooks. Spoon over cooked chicken or serve on the side.
1. Once the chicken has marinated several hours or overnight, remove from container and place on a hot grill, breast side down. Cook over a low flame for 15-20 minutes. An indirect heat would work well so the chicken doesn't burn. T
2. Turn the chicken over and continue to cook, basting a with Jerk BBQ sauce for an additional 15 -20 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 160-165F degrees.
3. Serve extra Jerk BBQ sauce on the side or spoon over cooked chicken before serving and a squeeze of lime juice
1. Hot habanero or Scotch Bonnet peppers do NOT have to be used. If you are a little shy of spice, try adding a jalapeno or serrano pepper.
2. Ginger beer can be substituted with another form of soda or beer.
3. A whole cut chicken can substitute for a whole chicken that is spatchcocked. Just marinate cut pieces of chicken in a resealable bag for the same amount of time.
4. Be sure to watch the flame of your grill. Make sure flames do not flare up. Indirect heat would be a good idea.
5. Chicken can be baked in a 325F degree oven for 30-40 minutes on a baking sheet or a large cast iron skillet. Baste occasionally with Jerk BBQ sauce.