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Smoked Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Easy jerk chicken leg quarters marinated with spicy and fragrant sauce then slow smoked on the grill. 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Caribbean
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 650kcal
Author: Marwin Brown


For the Chicken

  • 4 whole chicken leg quarters
  • 2 cups jerk marinade or store-bought

For the Brine

  • 1 quart water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 tbsp jerk marinade
  • ½ cup cider vinegar


Brine the Chicken

  • Mix brine ingredients in a large bowl. Stir well until both sugar and salt are fully dissolve.
  • Place chicken in a large bowl or ziplock back and add the brine. Refrigerate at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.

Marinate the Chicken

  • Remove chicken from the brine, rinse and set aside. Cut several 1-inch-long slits in each piece of chicken.
  • Blend your marinade ingredients and place chicken along with marinade in large ziplock back. Rub paste all over chicken, rubbing it into slits.
  • Marinate, covered and chilled, at least 2 hours or up to 1 day (longer is better for flavor).

Smoke the Chicken

  • Set up frill for indirect heat and pre-heat to 250-275 degrees. Smoke the chicken, skin sides up on indirect heat until cooked through, 1-2 hours.



  • Wear gloves when handling the peppers as they are super hot
  • Wash knife, cutting board, and any other surface the peppers may have come into contact with
  • Cut slits into the chicken before marinating. This will help the chicken absorb more of the flavors
  • Adjust heat levels up or down by amount of peppers used as well as seeds and veins. Heat comes from the seeds and veins of chili peppers.
  • Let chicken reach room temperature before cooking
  • Allspice berries and bay leaves can help replicate flavor from pimento wood. Smolder them with your heat source when grilling
  • This recipe can easily be converted to oven bake if you don't have access to a grill or prefer to use your oven. To roast chicken in oven: Place chicken skin sides up, in large baking pan on middle of a preheated 450°F oven, until cooked through, 25 to 30 minutes. Then turn on broiler and broil chicken, about 4 inches from heat, until skin is browned and crisp, 2 to 3 minutes.


Calories: 650kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 142mg | Sodium: 2051mg | Potassium: 2603mg | Fiber: 41g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 35187IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 402mg | Iron: 21mg
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