Fiery jerk chicken with cabbage and carrots from Jamaica Jerk Villa
I can still remember the tingling sensation I would get in the back of my throat, after devouring the heavily spice-rubbed jerk chicken in Boston Beach and Ocho Rios, Jamaica. The chickens there are rubbed down as if they were staying at the Beverly Hills Peninsula Hotel, except on the island, it's all about the allspice. Created by slaves who were evading British troops in the hills of Jamaica, the "Maroons" would pick native spice berries, use the local peppers, and rub a paste onto their chickens to help preserve them, as they hid in the majestic hills. The "jerk" seasoning is usually a paste or very wet rub, consisting of that native spice - the only one indigenous to the New World - that comes from local pimento trees.