The idea for this recipe started with me misreading a menu in New Orleans. I read Jamaican Ginger Beer Pulled Pork and I automatically thought it would be jerk seasoned. I didn’t even realize that they were referring to the ginger beer being Jamaican until I was shopping for some for this recipe! I didn’t order the dish anyway, since I was full from crawfish and alligator bites and probably a bunch of gumbo, but I’m almost positive now that I would have been disappointed. But oh man, how good does Jamaican Jerk Ginger Beer Pulled Pork sound?? I promise, as good as it sounds, it tastes 100 times better.
I use one of my favorite kitchen items, my Dutch oven, for this recipe. I adore being barefoot in the kitchen, enjoying the smells, and checking on things as they’re cooking, so slow cooker set-it-and-forget-it cooking isn’t for me. If the slow cooker is your thing, then by all means, use it! This recipe can be easily adapted to the slow cooker.
This is 100% guy-approved. When we first made this as pulled pork sandwiches, Adrien’s exact words were (and I wrote this down so I would remember) “Oh my god. You could sell these. I’m serious. Put these on your sandwich shop menu. These are SO GOOD.” And the second time I made it and served it over polenta, he said “you could make a living on this.”
Eh? Eh??? Those words are music to my ears. They make me want to make this again and again. Good thing I made enough jerk paste for about 3-4 recipes! Maybe Jamaican jerk wings are in our future.
Oh, and I don’t have a sandwich shop. But I think I’d like to have a sandwich shop. Maybe. Someday.
The recipe for the Jamaican jerk paste comes from AllRecipes.com. Yes, it’s a long list of ingredients. But none are expensive, and you probably have most of these already in your kitchen. And I promise you, it’s 100% worth it. The only thing I changed was to use habaneros instead of the traditional Scotch bonnet peppers. If you can find Scotch bonnets, definitely use those instead. But I’m telling you, don’t sub out a different jerk rub or (heaven forbid) something store bought. This recipe is all. about. the. jerk. paste.
And the ginger beer. That stuff is so awesome! So yeah, maybe we did buy a 4-pack of ginger beer from Whole Foods, use one for this recipe, and make Moscow mules with the rest. Maybe that happened. And maybe it was a great time. Ahh you got me, it was definitely a great time!
It’s worth saying again… Do NOT panic about the long list of ingredients or the fact that this isn’t on the table in under an hour. Most of the prep and cook-time is hands-off anyway.
You have my word. This recipe is worth every minute!