Jamaican cuisine is known for jerk dishes. The common ingredient in jerk dishes is jerk seasoning. We have dishes like jerk beef, jerk pork, and even jerk seafood. Here, we explore the deliciousness of Jamaican jerk pork roast that you can easily enjoy at home.
Is Jerk Pork Keto friendly?
Jamaican jerk pork is definitely keto friendly as long as you choose the recipe that doesn’t contain ingredients that would disrupt your keto diet.
This jerk pork recipe in particular is low in carbohydrates. It is packed with plenty of flavors thanks to its Jamaican roots.
If you’re looking for a meaty and fine dinner meal, this recipe for Jamaican jerk pork is perfect for your regular or keto meal.
Where Can I Get Jerk Seasoning?
Jerk seasoning is not difficult to find nor is it difficult to make. It’s a great seasoning to have as a staple in your pantry. You can add it to a lot of different dishes and make something so simple into something so Jamaican.
You can make your own jerk seasoning in the comforts of your own home but that would require you to buy a ton of different kinds of seasonings before coming up with this perfect jerk seasoning.
To make your life easier for you, you could easily purchase ready made jerk seasoning from grocery stores. However, since we’ve been enjoying the perks of online shopping, you could also easily find jerk seasoning on Amazon. It’ll be delivered at your doorstep in no time.
Which Pork is Best to Roast?
The ultimate best pork cut to use for Jamaican jerk pork roast is the shoulder. The should is known to contain a good amount of meat and the right amount of fat. The perfect amount of fat in the shoulder allows for the roast to have good moisture in the meat and all.
If you aren’t able to find a good cut of pork shoulder for the jerk roast, you could try pork butt. It’s a little more fatty compared to the pork shoulder but it’s a good alternative.
Does Pork Roast Get More Tender The Longer You Cook it?
Pork roast generally uses pork shoulder or pork butt which means that it gets more tender the longer you cook it.
However, if you’re using pork loin to make a kind of roast (which doesn’t really happen), you should not cook it longer than it should because it doesn’t contain enough fat for it to keep moist.
Pork can tend to dry up without the presence of fat. When pork dries up, it’ll be powdery in your mouth.
- Pork Shoulder
We suggest you choose pork shoulder with a good amount of fat so that you’re sure it is moist.
- Jamaican Jerk Seasoning
Choose your favorite Jamaican jerk seasoning for this recipe. Not all jerk seasonings were made equal.
- Olive Oil
Think of olive oil in this recipe as a glue for the jerk seasoning.
The broth acts as an aid for flavoring and it adds moisture while roasting the pork.
Tips and Tricks
- You can roast the pork in many different ways
For this recipe, we’re using a Dutch oven. However, you could roast the pork using an Instant Pot or slow cooker.
- You can add more spices to the recipe
Jamaican jerk pork roast is supposed to have jerk seasoning in it. If you’re in the mood to add more spices to the roast, you may do so. If you want more heat, add some chili powder or cayenne. If you want a hint of tang, add a little bit of lemon rind.
How To Make Jamaican Jerk Pork Roast
For this recipe, we’ll be using a Dutch oven to roast the pork.
Preheat the oven to 375 F.
Rub the roast with olive oil and then coat it with the jerk seasoning and other spices you’d like to add.
Under high heat, sear the pork should on all sides under browned in a deep Dutch oven pot.
Pour in one cup of beef broth and then bake in the oven for 3 hours.
Remove from the oven and then allow to cool.
What do Jamaicans Eat With Jerk Pork Roast?
Since jerk pork roast serves as the main course in any meal, Jamaicans love to add side dishes that would complement the flavors of the pork roast. Here’s a list of some of the dishes that Jamaicans eat with it.
- Mango salsa
- Fried plantains
- Rice and beans
- Roasted potato wedges
- Caribbean spiced sweet potatoes
- Cassava fries
- Corn on the cob