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There’s a restaurant on the other side of the island run by an Australian Chef.  He’s quite a character.  For example, he’s probably got one of the best lines ever spoken in Caymanian courts.  After losing his patience while waiting for his matter to be heard, he stood up in the middle of Summary Court and told his attorney he was done waiting, he was needed elsewhere.

‘I need to go jerk me kangaroo.’


While Deep Dish will one day take you to Chef Ron’s restaurant where you can get ‘kangabangers’ or a ‘roo steak,’ I’m hoping today you’ll be satisfied with just this lovely jerk pork chop recipe.

Jerk Pork Chops from What’s Cooking in the Cayman Islands by Junior Achievement, adapted by Parsley Sage (changes in red)
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You will need:
4 pork chops
4 green onions, finely chopped
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup soy sauce
3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
Juice from 1 lime
1 scotch bonnet pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 tbsp dried thyme
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 1/2 tsp ground sage
2 tbsp salt
1 1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes

  • In a large bowl, combine the red pepper flakes, thyme, cayenne pepper, black pepper, sage, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, garlic and sugar
  • With a wire whisk, mix in the olive oil, soy sauce, vinegar, orange juice and lime juice
  • Add the scotch bonnet pepper and onions
  • Stir well and add the pork chops
  • Cover and marinate for at least one hour, longer if possible
Clark Kent is the grilling master!
  • Preheat an outdoor grill
  • Remove the pork chops from the marinade and grill for 8 to 10 minutes on each side or until fully cooked
  • While grilling, baste frequently with the marinade
I served ours with some freshly baked (and bought) olive bread with garlic butter roasted mushrooms I found over at A Thought for Food.

*note* – Sorry your comments are gone guys.  I’m sure you all know about the problems that Blogger has been having over the past few days.  Hopefully the post will be restored soon 🙂

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  1. MMhm, jerk pork chops. I generally use a ready made paste – which is good- but these look great. Soon as we get two days stuck together warm enough to justify a barbecue,Jerk Pork or Chicken is going to be top of my list 🙂

  2. This looks like a really delicious jerk recipe. We are getting ready for grill season here, so I will save this recipe and give it a try.

  3. My husband and I have a delicious jerk recipe that is similar to this one. Love it! Also love what the guy said in court. 🙂 Hee hee.

  4. Yeah, the blogger thing was really annoying… Anyways, the pork chops look delicious. Love how you guys are grilling by the water like that… Kind of jealous of that 😉

  5. I love pork chops on the grill! I am saving your rub though…that sounds fantastic!

  6. Its all new recipes and informations..its good to know about these..Thanks for sharing..

  7. I luuuurrve me some good hot jerk seasoning and these chops look great. Think I will pass on eating the roo, though (really, is it really kangaroo?)

  8. I love jerk food! … Mmmmmm , jerk tofu! 😀

  9. The pork chops look fantastic!

  10. Looks great and delicious!

  11. I love jerk marinades – I'll try this recipe when we bbq this weekend!

  12. Chef Ron sounds like a real character. I'm sure there was a lot of laughter in court that day! Clark Kent certainly looks Master of the Grill indeed. Love the hot fruity spice jerk mix. Do you work for Cayman tourism because I want to book my ticket every time I read your blog!

  13. DeeeeeeeeLish! Makes my tummy rumbly! Love the quote, love the photos, can't wait to make the pork chops and the mushrooms sound scrumptious too! Even like the “grillmeisters” choice in brews! Great job! Mrs.Herb Garden

  14. Hi There, This is looking absolutely delightful. Loved the new combo of ingredients and the recipe is so nicely made and presented. Have a great day….Sonia !!!

    Wish I was there
    Mary x

  16. I am lol here! This is a great funny post and looks awesome. Its fabulous to see autheticity here!

  17. I need to jerk some of this porky pig in my Mollongghip oil drum bbq! Sounds smashing. What do the foster's ladies use?

  18. Looks fabulous! I like the blend of spices very flavorful!

  19. Sounds racy and DELICIOUS! 😉

  20. My hubby would be in heaven if I served him this pork! Truly a funny story too. 🙂

  21. One more yummy dish 🙂
    By the way, I was so impressed with your papaya pie that I bought papaya last weekend to make one. But .. it's not Jamaica here, and the papaya was so tasteless that I had to use it for a soup :-(. But I'll be on a lookout for my perfect papaya 😉

  22. Thanks for sharing this!! I always wondered what spices were in “jerk!” Am going to try it! Speaking of bread . . . and Cayman! I just remembered the fresh loaf we got, still steaming in the bag, from the grocers there! Think it was from Jamaica. It was tasty! No hurry on the cassava recipes because I haven't gone hunting to see if I can get any cassava here! Pretty sure I can though~

  23. I love it! And I love pork. Loved the line, that's awesome. 🙂 Great post, as always, thank you for sharing your island love..xo

  24. I love pork chops! This is a great recipe!!! I can almost taste the tangy and spicy flavor mix! I'm saving it for the good season (BBQ season… ;-)). Hahahaha loved that chef's line!

  25. Fabulous looking pork! I love the story that goes along with this post, so funny!

  26. Love it!!! I actually read this post to my husband and he laughed out loud. Oh, how I wish we could join you at his restaurant!
    However the pork is a wonderful consolation. We love pork and all of the seasonings that are included. This is a MUST try!!

  27. OMG, that's probably one of the funniest stories I've read all week! Hilarious! And this recipe looks fantastic. I'm always looking for different ways to prepare pork chops.

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