When we returned to Sandals Royal Caribbean in Jamaica for our Retie the Knot ceremony, one of this places we had to visit was the Jerk Shack at Sandals Resorts. When we first visited the resort back in 1997(yes, well over 20 years ago) we did not discover the deliciousness that was jerk chicken until the day we left.
We had no idea what we were missing, and we have been longing for it ever since we left our honeymoon. We had always talked about going back to Sandals Resorts for our 20th anniversary, and we are so glad we did. We had to enjoy the Jerk Shack at Sandals Resorts the second day we were there.
What Exactly Is Jerk Chicken?
So if you have never had jerk chicken you are missing out. Seriously, I kid you not! If you love chicken in any way, the spice of the jerk seasoning takes it to the next level.
Jerk is a style of cooking native to Jamaica, in which meat is dry-rubbed or wet marinated with a hot spice mixture called Jamaican jerk spice. … The meat is normally, but not limited to, chicken or pork, and the main ingredients of the spicy jerk marinade sauce are allspice and Scotch bonnet peppers.
Yeah, the written description just does not do jerk chicken justice. Granted, I already love any chicken recipe, but this is beyond that. It is a taste sensation that gives you a true taste of island cuisine.
Doesn’t this look delicious? The sauce I had with my chicken is mild, and let me tell you, it was SPICY! The do have a hellfire version of it, but I was not brave enough to try it. Let me know if you do!
The dipping sauce on the side is perfect for the hard dough bread. Did I mention that you should be enjoying this with a Rum Runner? If rum isn’t your thing, make sure you try a Purple Rain, it is my husband’s favorite. Or my second favorite, a Dirty Banana.
The Menu At The Jerk Shack
If you are not much of a chicken eater, the Jerk Shack at Sandals Resorts has other options as well. Here is an example of their menu:
While I have not personally had the Jerk Fish In Foil, plenty of my friends from the Sandals FB groups have had it and absolutely RAVE about it.
Bonus tip: from what I understand, the flies apparently love the fish as well, so make sure you keep it covered when you are not enjoying it.
Which Sandals Resorts Feature The Jerk Shack?
The only sad thing about Sandals Resorts is that not every location has a Jerk Shack, which is a sad thought. However, I am sure it is something they are working on in future renovations. At least, I hope so!
The following resorts in Jamaica offer the Jerk Shack:
- Sandals Royal Caribbean
- Sandals Montego Bay(newly opened)
- Sandals South Coast
- Sandals Ochi
The Jerk Shack at Sandals Resorts is also available in the Bahamas at Sandals Emerald Bay, in Saint Lucia at Grande St. Lucia, and at the Royal Barbados in Barbados.
So there you have it! I can’t wait until our Bahamas trip next year so we can enjoy it again.
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