The Coastal Post - August, 1997



When you think of Jamaica, you may think of balmy weather, sunny beaches and reggae music. But when Ellie and I think of Jamaica, we think of Jamaican jerk chicken on the grill. We decided to get the authentic recipe from a native Jamaican mon, so if you're ever at Smiley's in Bolinas, don't forget to buy Trevor a beer and tell him how much you like his recipe.

Trevor's Jerk Chicken

1 chicken cut up and skinned

1 lemon

1 tsp. thyme

2 bay leaves

1/4 tsp. allspice

1 T. chopped ginger

1/4 tsp. black pepper

dash salt

juice of 3 lemons

1/4 c. of jerk sauce*

1 large yellow onion, cut up

bunch of green onions, cut up

6 cloves of garlic

3 serrano or jalapeno peppers, chopped (opt.)

Mix ingredients and throw in food processor or blender; blend to a thick sauce.

Wash chicken and squeeze the juice of a lemon on chicken.

Pour your sauce on chicken and marinate overnight in frig.

Next day, BBQ slowly on the grill 'til chicken's done.

Serve with your favorite picnic side dishes.

*Jerk sauce is found in most major markets.

Ellie has been cooking at the Sand Dollar restaurant for 17 years, and Wim likes food.