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Review: Nanny’s Jamaican Jerk Sauce and BBQ Sauce


Posted December 30, 2006 by

Please note: This review has been completed by another guest reviewer from Canada

Nanny's Jamaican Jerk Sauce & BBQ Sauce
“Cook your food with attitude”
BBQ and Dipping Sauce
Ingredients: Organic onions, water, organic soy sauce (organic soybeans, organic wheat, salt), organic green onions, organic hickory smoke flavor, garlic, habanero peppers, distilled vinegar, allspice, salt, caramel colour, organic evaporated cane juice, thyme, chili powder
Allergens: Contains wheat and soy

Jamaican Jerk (Mild)

Ingredients: Organic Onions, Water, Organic Soy Sauce (Organic Soybeans, Organic Wheat, Salt), Organic Green Onions, Hickory Smoke Flavor, Garlic, Distilled Vinegar, Habanero Peppers, Allspice, Salt, Caramel Color, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Thyme, Chili Powder.

What is Jerk?
Jerk is the term we use in Jamaica for a marinade and grilling style that tenderizes, spices, and smokes beef, poultry, pork, and fish, using a unique blend of Caribbean herbs and spices.

It is said that the term jerk comes from the word charqui, a Spanish term for “jerked” or dried meat, which eventually became jerky in English.

I say the Spanish stole the term from us, then the English stole it from them

Nanny's Jamaican Jerk Sauce & BBQ Sauce
L to R: Nanny’s BBQ & Dipping Sauce and Nanny’s Jamaican Jerk Sauce
Mesmerized by Nanny’s dark eyes on the bottle, I was looking forward to some cooking “with attitude.” Using these two organic sauces, I marinated some chicken legs for a couple of hours prior to grilling.

Immediately, I was struck by the thick, even consistency of the BBQ & Dipping Sauce as a deep hickory, if not slightly vinegary, scent emanated. Just the way BBQ sauce should be, if you ask me.

Comparatively, the Jerk Marinade was naturally more oily and uneven, but I found it separated more than most jerk marinades that I’ve tried.

That said, the aroma was deliciously infused with jerk spices and I figured a couple of hours marinating would be perfect.

Grilling the chicken properly proved more challenging than expected when I found the jerk marinade was not sticking to the chicken as well as I’d have liked. I had to spoon it on for better coverage. The BBQ sauce was perfect for grilling, though, and layered well with basting on the grille.

Nanny's Jamaican Jerk Sauce & BBQ Sauce
The final product for both was tasty all around. The Jerk Marinade was not too hot but had a nice flavour to it. Compared to other jerk marinades and sauces, it was slightly above average in flavour but lacked the kick I was looking for. As for the BBQ sauce, it clung to the chicken and caramelized well. This sauce is delicious with a great smokey, hickory flavour to start and a little, almost jerkish, kick on the back end. The kick could’ve been a little harder, but this is a very good, if not milder, BBQ and dipping sauce.

I enjoyed the Jerk Marinade, but the Nanny’s BBQ Sauce, a third-place Scovie Award winner, was definitely the highlight of the meal and a sauce worth checking out.

Nanny’s Jerk Marinade
Packaging 8/10 ““ Nanny’s penetrating eyes dare you to try it
Aroma 8.0/10 ““ Spicy and jerky Appearance
6/10 ““ Too much separation
Taste 7/10 ““ Solid jerk flavour
Heat 4/10 ““ Not very hot
Overall 6.5/10 ““ Decent jerk marinade but nothing to write to your nanny about

BBQ & Dipping Sauce
Packaging 8/10 ““ Nanny and those eyes
Aroma 9/10 ““ Deep aroma with heavy hickory undertones
Appearance 9/10 ““ Brown, thick and consistent
Taste 8/10 ““ Hickory flavour with a little kick
Heat 4/10 ““ Not very hot at all
Overall 8.5/10 ““ A flavourful and thick BBQ sauce that has a hint of Jamaican flair

What’s So Special About That Lady on The Bottle?
The image on our label represents Cordel’s ancestor, Nanny of the Maroons. Nanny was a legendary freedom fighter for Africans who were enslaved and brought to Jamaica by the British. Because her image appears on Jamaican currency we were unable to trademark it.

Yet, it was very important to us that the image on our label be “real”. So we commissioned a forensic artist to create an age progression image of Cordel and Diane’s daughter (the little girl on the side of the label). The lady on label is in fact, a grown-up version of that little girl.

Nanny’s Jamaican Kitchen
Yucaipa, CA 92399
Certified Organic by Organic Certifiers





    I have the whole set. I know the warehouse distributor for this stuff. Im glad its good ill have to break one open!

    Jolene Allred

    I made Nanny’s honey jerk cashews several times during the holidays and they were a hit each time. Check out the recipe on nannysjamaicankitchen.com if you haven’t tried them. It took me a couple of tries to roast the nuts perfectly (I like them crunchy and well roasted, but not burnt..) but I’ve now mastered the recipe and can’t get enough of these tasty treats! Awesome party snack!

    Kurt A.

    I use their stuff all the time. Hands down, this is the best marinade Ive ever used.


    If I’m fixing salmon, I’ve got to have Nanny’s–BBQ & Dipping Sauce- Spicy–that is!!! The ONLY sauce to use!!


    I’ve tried all their products and they’re great. The recipes on their web site are really good and easy. I like to add a little bbq sauce to a lot of different things I usually make to give a different twist to the same old, same old.


    I read about these sauces on Go Dairy Free. They gave all their sauces such a great review I decided to try them even though I was never too crazy about any of the other jerk products I’ve tried. These are awesome! You can do so many different things with them and they have a bunch of great recipes on their site. I like the fact that they are organic too.


    I use their spicy bbq instead of ketchup and taco sauce. Great stuff.

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