Elevate Your Grilling Game with Jamaican BBQ Sauce

Spice up your grilling sessions with a taste of the Caribbean! Our homemade Jamaican BBQ sauce, inspired by the vibrant flavors of Jamaica’s famous spice blend, will take your favorite grilled meats and vegetables to a whole new level. In under 30 minutes, you can whip up a rich and complex BBQ sauce that beats anything you can find in stores. Get ready for a tantalizing culinary adventure!

A glass mason jar filled with the jerk BBQ sauce on a wooden tray with a piece of folded burlap and fresh thyme and peppers around it.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • The perfect blend of spice: Experience the unique depth of flavor that comes from a medley of dried jerk spices and a fresh pepper. This BBQ sauce strikes a perfect balance that will keep you coming back for more.

  • Uses real ingredients: Say goodbye to artificial flavors and chemical-laden sauces. Our Jamaican BBQ sauce is made with genuine ingredients, ensuring a delicious and wholesome experience.

  • Doubles as a thoughtful hosting gift: Stand out from the crowd of typical host gifts by bringing a jar of homemade BBQ sauce to your next backyard summer party. It’s a personal touch that will be appreciated by everyone.

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The ingredients spread out on a brown wooden surface with black and white labels by the items.

  • Tomato sauce: Provides the base for our flavorful sauce.
  • Tomato paste: Adds the perfect amount of thickness.
  • Scotch bonnet or habanero pepper: Infuse your sauce with a touch of heat.
  • Spices: A tantalizing blend of dried thyme, Chinese five-spice, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves.
  • Apple cider vinegar: Lends its signature acidity.
  • Molasses, honey, and dark brown sugar: Balance the flavors with a touch of sweetness.
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Please note that while this recipe is inspired by Jamaican flavors, it may not be considered an authentic Jamaican recipe.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Begin by combining the tomato sauce and tomato paste in a small saucepan, stirring until well combined.

Step 2: Add minced garlic, finely chopped scotch bonnet or habanero pepper, apple cider vinegar, molasses, honey, dark brown sugar, and the aromatic spice blend to the saucepan. Thoroughly incorporate all the ingredients.

Step 3: Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a simmer. Allow the sauce to thicken and the flavors to meld together.

A wooden spoon stirring the tomato sauce and tomato paste in a small saucepan on the stove.

That’s it! With just three simple steps, you’ve created a sensational homemade BBQ sauce that will elevate your grilling game.

How to Store

Once your sauce has cooled completely, transfer it to an airtight container, such as a mason jar or a cleaned-out glass jar. Store it in the refrigerator, where it will remain fresh for about two to three weeks. Should you desire prolonged storage, freeze the sauce in a freezer-safe container for up to three months.

Tasty Ways to Use BBQ Sauce

Naturally, our Jamaican BBQ sauce is perfect for brushing onto smoked or grilled meats. Enhance the flavors of smoked brisket, ribs, chicken, pork shoulder, or even venison burgers with this tantalizing sauce. Want to get more creative? Try drizzling it on brisket macaroni and cheese, using it as a pizza sauce, spreading it into a grilled cheese sandwich, or mixing it with ranch dressing for a refreshing summer salad.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Make it spicier: If you love the heat, add an extra pepper or two to the sauce.
  • Leave out peppers: For those who prefer a milder flavor profile, omit the pepper entirely and focus on the warm spices.
  • Add more Caribbean flair with Jamaican rum: After simmering the sauce, turn off the heat and stir in two tablespoons of Jamaican rum.
  • Adjust the spices to suit your taste: Follow the recipe as a starting point and add more of your favorite spices to suit your palate.
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Expert Tips

  • Use kitchen gloves when handling the pepper to protect your skin from irritation.
  • Finely chop the habanero or scotch bonnet pepper to ensure even distribution of heat.
  • Use fresh spices to ensure the fullest flavor in your BBQ sauce.

Perfect Pairing

Pair your Jamaican BBQ sauce with the right beverage to enhance your dining experience. For lighter fare like grilled chicken, a citrusy wheat ale will complement the rich spices and keep your palate refreshed. If you’re serving heartier meats like beef cuts, reach for a robust brown ale with malty undertones that will harmonize with the molasses and spice. You can also explore the world of wine by pairing an off-dry riesling with lighter dishes or a malbec for bigger meats, offering a delightful contrast with its berry notes. For a cocktail option, the Jamaican mule with its rum base, ginger beer, and harmonious blend of flavors will perfectly complement the molasses and brown sugar in the BBQ sauce.

Don’t miss the opportunity to elevate your next summer cookout with a jar of our tantalizing jerk BBQ sauce. Your guests will thank you for the unforgettable flavors!


A rustic silver spoon drizzling the jerk BBQ sauce into a jar on a wooden platter with a piece of burlap and peppers in the background.

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