The famous Jamaican jerk seasoning can turn many a cut of meat and Caribbean meal into something exotic, flavorful, and no doubt spicy. Though, while it’s easy to find at most grocery stores, it’s not for most people a seasoning that’s a no-brainer for the basic spice rack essentials. So where do you turn if a recipe calls for this delicious spice mix? What’s a good jerk seasoning substitute that you can turn to if you want to stay authentic to the dish? Let’s examine your best option.
Your best bet: Make it yourself
That’s right. You can craft up your own Jamaican jerk seasoning pretty easily. For all its exotic flavor and bold-sounding name, this spice mix can be crafted through a reasonably stocked spice rack. While recipes vary, you’ll recognize everything here from our PepperScale Jamaican jerk seasoning recipe: brown sugar, allspice, salt, cayenne pepper, black pepper, thyme, cinnamon, cumin, cloves, and ginger. See the recipe for the portions.