This small-batch Mild Jamaican Jerk Paste is almost indescribably complex, with a fruity, earthy and smoky flavor that's great for marinating or basting any kind of meat. Sweet-tart tamarind, soy sauce and a blend of spices provide an aromatic foundation. The sauce also includes two types of mustard and fruity-floral habanero peppers for heat, complemented by smoky cumin and paprika. Kitchens of Africa layers on fresh ingredients like cilantro, ginger and garlic for a well-rounded marinade. You can use Jamaican Jerk Paste on any meat, but we especially like it for chicken and kebabs. Add honey or agave for a sweeter glaze, or try it with soy sauce or fish sauce for deeper, meatier umami notes. Or simmer with tomato puree for a tangy-savory sauce to serve over beans.
Jainaba Jeng was born and raised in The Gambia, a small country on the west African coast bordered on three sides by Senegal. When she moved to North Carolina in 1997, she noticed that she could find ready-made sauces for some international cuisines, but none from her native country—or, in fact, from Africa. So she took matters into her own hands, creating a line of small-batch simmer sauces that draw on flavors from West Africa to Jamaica. “When you taste our foods, I hope you will feel the warmth, love and soul of all women of Africa to whom I pay tribute on our packaging,” says Jeng. “They are responsible for most of the cooking in Africa.”
Net Weight: 7.5 ounces
Ingredients: African spices, dates, tamarind, dijon mustard (water, mustard seed, distilled vinegar, salt, citric acid), apple cider vinegar, sunflower oil, ginger, garlic, salt, mushroom powder (mushroom, salt, mushroom extract), cane sugar, habanero peppers, xanthan gum
Place of Origin: United States