Grilled Jerk Turkey Recipe
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Grilled Jerk Turkey Recipe

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Moist and seasoned with ginger, Caribbean jerk spices and jalapeno pepper, this simple grilled entrée is more tangy than hot and spicy. It's wonderful for backyard barbecues. Diane Halferty - Corpus Christi, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + marinating Grill: 15 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + marinating Grill: 15 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 teaspoons chopped jalapeno pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Caribbean jerk seasoning
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (20 ounces) turkey breast tenderloins

Nutritional Facts

4 ounce-weight: 195 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 69mg cholesterol, 481mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 33g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a small bowl, combine the first 11 ingredients. Pour 1/2 cup marinade into a large resealable plastic bag; add turkey. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 2 hours. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade.
  2. Drain and discard marinade from the turkey. Using long-handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack. Grill turkey, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 7-10 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 170°, basting occasionally with reserved marinade. Cut into slices. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Grilled Jerk Turkey in Healthy Cooking June/July 2008, p23

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Jerk Master User ID: 6958366 154436
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2012

"Couple a tips: Try to use Scotch Bonnet peppers if possible- if not, Habaneros are a close second.

Cook using Pimento leaf - a few inside the bird - a few in the pan with some water (flavorful Steam)
MOST IMPORTANT: A handful of pimento wood chips or flakes - wrapped in foil in oven.
Without Pimento wood, you can't call it? Jerk !"

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