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Secret Aardvark Drunken Jerk Marinade

May 13, 2019

   Secret Aardvark is a company out of Portland, Oregon. They are most known for their delicious Habanero Hot Sauce that was on the Hot Ones lineup for Season 4. If you want to learn more about that sauce in particular, check out my review for it! Other than that, they do make a handful of other very interesting sauces. Have a look at all the Secret Aardvark products we offer online and in-store. You’re bound to find one of their products that will catch your eye!

The Drunken Jerk Marinade is savoury, intense, spiced, and salty. This intensity is mainly due to the fact that its main use is that of a marinade, and thus has a high concentration of flavour. Therefore, it’s not necessarily the kind of sauce you would douse on any dish. Given this flavour profile however, it opens up a lot of possibilities for trying out both traditional as well as fusion Caribbean dishes! You’ll see once I go through all of the ingredients how this bold sauce has been expertly crafted!

Soy sauce makes for a large portion of the liquid base, with its light umami and sweet flavour. Apple cider vinegar helps to preserve the sauce while adding a subtle tang into the mix. Green and yellow onion add a bit of sweetness and fresh flavour. Habanero chili pepper brings some heat which I’m sure many of you could handle! The rum is not all that noticeable, but it makes for a nice Caribbean touch and added depth! Canola and/or sunflower oil binds the sauce together. It’s not an oily sauce by any means though. Ginger root and garlic add some boldness and zing while the organic cane sugar adds a tad of sweetness, but not enough for it to be a sweet sauce overall. The secret herbs and spices are what complete the fragrant, savoury jerk flavour.

In terms of heat, I would give this one a 2 out of 10. It’s a tad milder than some of the more traditional jerk marinades available on the market, but for me, this isn’t a drawback. If I want to make my marinade with this sauce hotter, I would just add fresh chiles or some chile powder. There’s always a way to make it hotter! This makes it a sauce that shouldn’t overpower anything with an intense heat level or overpowering flavour. It’s very palatable and will definitely enhance almost anything you choose to marinade it with!

Use this product as, of course, a marinade for a variety of different foods. Add them to your chicken, pork, beef, lamb, seafood, and even veggie or tofu marinades for a savoury island-kick! Add some in all the classic Caribbean dishes as a drizzle or reduce the sauce to turn it into a delicious glaze for anything you’re grilling! Try it on all kinds of rice, roasted sweet potatoes, in soups, stews, with Jamaican patties, cassava, fried plantains, and more! You can of course add it to mayo or aioli for a tasty, spiced dip!

Why not come by one of our store locations and give Secret Aardvark Drunken Jerk Marinade a try? You won’t regret it!


As always, Keep it spicy!


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