Jamaican Jerk Grilled Kebabs

Oh man, this recipe makes me want to be sitting in a cabana on the beach with a fruity drink! For all of you that know me, I LOVE the beach and this recipe can transport you from the daily grind right onto the sandy beaches of Jamaica! This recipe reminds me of standing in line at a tiny shack in Montego Bay, Jamaica waiting to get some of the “islands best” jerk chicken. This recipe has a spicy-sweet jerk seasoning that rivals some of the “islands best”. Pair this recipe with the Cuban Sweet Potato Salad for a menu that will unleash your inner islander. So go ahead, kick off those shoes and stick your toes in the sand…you are on island time!

Jamaican Jerk Grilled Kebabs

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Ingredients:

For the jerk glaze:

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lime (2-3 Tablespoons)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh oregano
  • 1 tablespoon grated lime peel
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

For the kebabs:

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 16 ounce light smoked sausage, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2-3 green bell peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 8 10-inch skewers

Directions:

  1. If using wooden skewers, soak them for 30 minutes prior to use. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Brush grill rack with oil.
  2. Combine the 1/4 cup olive oil, lime juice, garlic, oregano, lime peel, onion powder, brown sugar, allspice, cinnamon, and cayenne for glaze in a bowl; mix well. Set aside half of the glaze for serving.
  3. Thread chicken, sausage, and bell pepper pieces onto eight 10-inch skewers.
  4. Grill skewers, covered, over direct heat until chicken is no longer pink, about 8 minutes. Every two minutes, turn the skewers and brush with glaze, using all the glaze in the bowl. Just before serving, brush the skewers with the reserved glaze.

Source: adapted from Cuisine At Home Magazine, August 2009

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