Jerk Chicken and Ragamuffins

Jerk Chicken and Ragamuffins

Almost looks a bit artfully food styley styley, that photo, doesn’t it? IT’S LIKE YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW ME. Then you clock the gnawed chicken bone on the right, the Iphone slung to the left and you realise, yeah it’s just a genuine mess on my table, actually. Wang it on there and chow down, as I believe they say on Downton Abbey.

I cooked this chicken on the BBQ, which is how I will be cooking all of my food until Monday, since I had what is known to all rational (urgh) and calm people as a GAS CRISIS. The flame in my oven started burning orange instead of the regular, non-panic-making blue, so faster than you could say ‘Google is the first port of call in a potentially serious situation’ I was reading combinations of words like ‘incomplete combustion’ and ‘carbon monoxide production’. It did at least explain why the ragamuffins took 40 minutes longer to cook than they should have done. Mmmm carbon monoxide laced corn muffins. Think I’ll probably need to get back to you with that recipe at a later date. Still ate them. Well, half of one; the rest are still on the balcony.

The chicken however was awesome and I want to tell you two pieces of information with regards to jerk chicken. The first is that this method of soaking bay leaves in water and making a little bed for the chicken with them on the grill is brilliant, and probably the closest we’ll ever get here to replicating the flavour of allspice wood. The second is that my jerk marinade has some new threads, designed by my old roomie, Vicki Brown. I love them. As soon as I get my arse in gear there will be a new shiny website for it too, but you know, I’ve got 99 problems right now, and potentially slipping away in a gas induced coma during the night is one of them*. Might take me a while to get around to that website thing. You can buy the marinade here as before though, in Persepolis in Peckham and possibly maybe shortly in some new exciting new places which I’m too scared to tell you about in case something goes wrong.

Jerk on.

Jerk Chicken and Ragamuffins



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19 thoughts on “Jerk Chicken and Ragamuffins

  1. Can’t believe I STILL haven’t tried your famous marinade. Really must get me a jar, especially now there’s a natty label and everything. Clever bay leaves. PS Happy Birthday!

  2. That chicken just looks like the best thing ever, thanks for the bay leaf tip. I have a massive bay tree in the garden that’s at risk of getting cut down, methinks this might be reason enough to keep it.

  3. The other secret to good jerk is the prayer you recite just before placing the meat on the barbecue, don’t quote me but when I was in Jamaica I saw the Jerk masters at work, obviously the wood and leaves used but each marinade recipe is different, but the secret is a special prayer that the jerk master recites before placing the meat. This is followed by a swig of white rum. Now all the elements in lign for perfect jerk.
    Helen need to taste that marinade it looks amazing

  4. Oh, baby. That shot on the BBQ is far sexier than any pic that you’d get from a gas range! Love the orange glow of the embers. Now I’m hungry!

    Jerk on.


    was the first thing I thought upon reading the title of this post. However, the merest of perusals of the piece made it quite clear to me that there wasn’t, actualy a recipe for the ‘Raggamuffin’s’ that had been promised;
    Im not entirel’y sure of the legality of this. But given that I pay for my internet connection; and your site is content on said internet – thus – something I pay for, I think Im correct in thinking that you are engaging in false advertorialising.
    Please remedy this with expedience, by (a) ideally. letting us know the ‘Raggamuffin’ recipe. or (b) removing all references to said ‘Raggmuffin’s’ from your work.
    Many thanks
    Bernie (of the sauce)


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