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Sweet And Spicy Jerk Dipping Sauce

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4.4 from 30 votes

Introducing my delicious and bold sweet and spicy jerk dipping sauce! This dipping sauce is the perfect combination of sweet and heat, making it the perfect addition to any dish. Whether you’re dipping your favorite jerk chicken or pork, or even using it as a salad dressing, this sauce is sure to bring some extra flavor to your meal.

Made with traditional jerk spices and a hint of sweetness, this jerk dipping sauce is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Try it today and see why it’s a favorite amongst our YouTube Subscribers!

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Ingredient Rundown

Ingredients To Make The Sweet And Spicy Jerk Dipping Sauce

Flavoring

Ketchup – provides the base and color for the sauce + add a little sweetness.

Jerk seasoning – brings Jamaican flavor and a spicy kick to the sauce, which can be adjusted to control the heat.

Liquid smoke or a piece of jerk meat adds a smoky flavor. Liquid smoke is a concentrated flavor that is made by capturing the smoke from burning wood and condensing it into a liquid form. It is often used to add a smoky flavor to dishes, particularly in situations where it is not practical to use actual wood smoke, such as when cooking indoors.

To use liquid smoke, simply add a small amount to the dish you are making, following the recipe’s instructions. It is very potent, so a little goes a long way. You can also adjust the amount to your personal taste preferences. Just be sure to store the bottle tightly sealed in a cool, dry place, as the flavor can evaporate over time if it is left open.

Pink Himalayan salt– You can also use your salt of choice. The salt rounds out the other flavors – you can add more or less base on taste.

Salt helps to round out the other flavors.

Liquid Base

Water or chicken stock is used to dilute the thick consistency of the ketchup, with the chicken stock also adding additional flavor.

Sweetner

 Brown or granulated sugar adds sweetness to the sauce, which can be adjusted to taste.

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How To Make Sweet and Spicy Jerk Dipping Sauce

  1. In a small saucepan, combine all ingredients.
  2. Heat over medium-high heat, stirring to mix the ingredients together.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low.
  4. Allow the sauce to reduce by half to a thicker consistency, stirring periodically, for about 7-10 minutes.
  5. Remove the pot from the heat and turn off the stove.
  6. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.

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Recipe FAQs

Substitution

Substituting Dry Jerk Seasoning for Wet in Sweet and Spicy Jerk Dipping Sauce

The answer is yes! Both types of jerk seasoning will bring the necessary heat and Jamaican flavor & vibe to the sauce. Simply use the same amount of dry jerk seasoning as you would wet, and you’ll be able to enjoy this flavorful condiment with your favorite jerk dishes.

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Variation

Boost the Flavor of Your Jerk Sauce with BBQ Sauce

Want to give your jerk sauce an extra boost of flavor? Try adding 2 tablespoons of your favorite BBQ sauce to the recipe. This will add a depth of taste that complements the spiciness and smokiness of the jerk seasoning perfectly. Whether you’re using this sauce as a topping, or dip, sauce the addition of BBQ sauce is sure to make it even more delicious.

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Pairing Suggestions for Sweet and Spicy Jerk Sauce

This sweet and spicy jerk sauce is a delicious addition to a variety of dishes. Here are a few ideas for what to pair it with:

  • Jerk chicken
  • If you can jerk it, then this sauce will complement it perfectly

Other creative pairing options include using it on potatoes and vegetables.

Have you tried this sauce on something unexpected and loved it? Let us know in the comments!

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Got Leftovers?

How To Store Leftover Jerk Dipping Sauce?

To store leftover jerk dipping sauce in the fridge, first, let it cool to room temperature. Then, transfer the sauce to an airtight container, such as a jar or Tupperware. Make sure to leave some headspace in the container to allow for expansion as the sauce cools. Tightly seal the container and store it in the refrigerator for up to a week.

If you have a large batch of sauce that you won’t be able to use within a week, you can also freeze it for longer storage. To freeze the sauce, transfer it to a sealable freezer bag or container, leaving some headspace for expansion. Squeeze out as much air as possible before sealing the bag or container. The sauce can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to use it, thaw the sauce in the refrigerator or in a bowl of warm water. Stir well before serving.

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Need To Reheat?

How To Reheat Leftover Jerk Sauce?

To reheat leftover jerk dipping sauce on the stovetop, follow these steps:

  1. Remove the sauce from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature.
  2. Pour the sauce into a small saucepan.
  3. Heat the sauce over medium-low heat, occasionally stirring, until it is heated through.
  4. If the sauce has become too thick, you can thin it out by adding a small amount of water or chicken broth, stirring well to combine.
  5. Once the sauce is heated to your desired temperature, remove it from the heat and serve.

Alternatively, you can also microwave the sauce in a microwave-safe container, stirring every 30 seconds until it is heated through. Just be sure to use a low heat setting and keep an eye on the sauce to prevent it from splattering or boiling over.

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Kraving More?

If you enjoyed this recipe, be sure to check out my other Dipping Sauces or browse The Recipe Index for even more recipe ideas. There are plenty of krave-worthy options to choose from!

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Sweet And Spicy Jerk Dipping Sauce

Sweet And Spicy Jerk Dipping Sauce

Recipe by Kerri-Ann Bryan
4.4 from 30 votes

Introducing my sweet and spicy jerk dipping sauce! A unique blend of sweetness and heat that elevates any dish, whether used as a dipping sauce or salad dressing. Made with authentic jerk spices and a touch of sweetness, this sauce brings Caribbean flavor to your table. Try it today and see why it’s a favorite amongst our YouTube subscribers!

Course: CondimentCuisine: JamaicanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

10

minutes
Calories

161.14

kcal
Total time

15

minutes
Cook Mode

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Instructions

  • In a small saucepan, combine all ingredients.
  • Heat over medium-high heat, stirring to mix the ingredients together.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low.
  • Allow the sauce to reduce by half to a thicker consistency, stirring periodically, for about 7-10 minutes.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and turn off the stove.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.

Kerri’s Recipe Tips

  • You can use wet or dry jerk seasoning for this recipe. Both types of jerk seasoning will bring the necessary heat and Jamaican flavor & vibe to the sauce. Simply use the same amount of dry jerk seasoning as you would wet, and you’ll be able to enjoy this flavorful condiment with your favorite jerk dishes.
  • To use liquid smoke, simply add a small amount to the dish you are making, following the recipe’s instructions. It is very potent, so a little goes a long way. You can also adjust the amount to your personal taste preferences. Just be sure to store the bottle tightly sealed in a cool, dry place, as the flavor can evaporate over time if it is left open.
  • I highly recommend reading through the recipe in full a couple of times before starting to ensure that you know exactly what to expect and can prep accordingly. This can help to prevent any mistakes or surprises during the cooking process and will help you to achieve the best possible results. It’s also a good idea to gather all of your ingredients and equipment beforehand to make the process as smooth and efficient as possible. 
  • Proper preparation, or “mise en place,” is key to successful cooking. Gather all ingredients and have them measured and ready before cooking to avoid forgetting important items and focus on the cooking process. This technique can save time, prevent frustration, and improve the outcome of your recipe. Remember to use mise en place to prepare all ingredients before cooking.
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Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

4 servings per container


Calories161.14

  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 0.27g 0%
    • Sodium 1405.4mg 59%
    • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
    • Total Carbohydrate 41.07g 14%
      • Dietary Fiber 1.4g 4%
      • Sugars 37g
    • Protein 1.04g 2%

      * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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      12 Comments

      1. This is fabulous! Tasted better than a local restaurant that we used to go to just buy the sauce. Thanks so much!

        • Carolyn, your comment just made my day! I’m thrilled that my sweet and spicy jerk dipping sauce hit the spot for you. It’s always a joy to know when a recipe from my kitchen can outshine a local favorite. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or if there’s a particular recipe you’d like to see on the blog. Happy cooking and here’s to many more flavorful moments! 🫶🏾

      2. Have some jerk pork in the oven right now and definitely will make this sauce to go along with it. Tried it before and it was a big hit with the kids.

        • Hi Joy, I’m thrilled to hear that you’re giving my Sweet and Spicy Jerk Sauce a whirl! It will definitely add a nice kick to your jerk pork. It’s always a pleasure to hear when the little ones enjoy my recipes too. Please feel free to share any tweaks or personal touches you might add to the sauce. Thanks for your ongoing support and happy cooking!xx

      3. I stumbled across this recipe on pinterest. I love spicy food and thought. I would try it. I just made it and omg… soooo delicious. Will be having tonight with some jerk hot wings. Thank you so much for this recipe

        • Hey Nicole, I’m so thrilled that you stumbled upon my sweet and spicy jerk sauce recipe through Pinterest and decided to give it a go! And I’m so glad you enjoyed the sauce – I love a good balance of sweet and spicy flavors too. The sweet and spicy jerk sauce pairs very well with jerk wings – a match made in jerk heaven. 😋

          Thank you for trying out the sauce recipe and sharing your experience with the KK community. I hope you continue to find more delicious recipes on the blog that pique your interest. If you ever have any recommendations or requests for future recipes, don’t hesitate to let me know.

          Happy cooking! xx

      4. The recipe isn’t listed on here. I don’t see it

        • Hey Ginny, Thanks for your comment, and apologies for the inconvenience! We had an issue with our recipe cards disappearing, but we’re happy to let you know that they’ve now been restored. You should be able to access the Sweet and Spicy Jerk Sauce recipe measurements on the website. Please let me know if you have any further questions or feedback. Thank you for your patience. xx

      5. I made this by only watching the video and not knowing the measurements. But I winged it and it came out so so good!! I didn’t have liquid smoke but I had a smoked salt seasoning. My jerk chicken was good but when I dipped it in the sauce, it really elevated it and added extra heat. I like that this recipe is so easy and you can adjust it a little to your taste preference.

        • Erika, I am sooooo happy you love our jerk sauce. Thanks for sharing your add-ins – I like the idea of getting the smokey flavor from the smoked salt seasoning. One love and thank you so much for the feedback. xx

      6. I made this and it was so easy and absolutely delicious!

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