Grilled Jerk Vegetable Skewers

20 mins
1 hrs 30 min
2-4

Jerk seasoning, a staple of Jamaican cuisine, is brought to life to perfection in this special Planted recipe from plant-based chef @EatwithChrissy. Start by creating your own tangy, brown sugar-based BBQ sauce and glaze it over vegetable skewers topped with an avalanche of peppers and spices on the grill.

Interested in exploring plant-based flavors? Check out our Planted series.

Ingredients

For the BBQ Sauce

  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup or tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 3-4 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • baclk pepper to taste
  • 1 whole scotch bonnet pepper, halved and seeds removed

For the Veggies

  • skewers
  • 1 green pepper, cut into 1-inch squares
  • 1 red pepper, cut into 1-inch squares
  • 1 yellow pepper, cut into 1-inch squares
  • 1 red onion, cut into 1-inch pieces (optional)
  • 1/4 eggplant, cubed
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon jerk marinade
  • 2 jerk seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt + pepper
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 cloves garlic, diced
  • hickory wood chips (optional)

Directions

Step 1 Of 10
1
Light the side burner of the grill and set to medium high heat.
2
Combine BBQ sauce ingredients into a small saucepan. Stir until deep brown and bubbly, about 3 minutes.
Hot Tip
DO NOT rub your eyes, touch your tongue or any other sensitive body part, for at least one hour after handling a Scotch bonnet pepper. Wash hands thoroughly.
3
Lower heat to medium and continue to cook until sauce thickens, another 5 minutes.
4
Remove from heat and set aside.
5
In a large bowl, combine olive oil, jerk seasoning, jerk marinade, salt, a few cranks black pepper, ketchup, thyme, brown sugar and garlic. Mix well.
6
Add your veggies to the marinade and stir with a rubber spatula to combine, making sure all pieces are coated evenly. Cover with plastic wrap or tin foil and allow to marinate for up to one hour.
7
Preheat the grill to 500° F.
Hot Tip
Place wood chips onto one side of the grill— this will infuse the veggie skewers with a deep, smoky flavor.
8
While the grill is heating, arrange veggies on skewers, alternating vegetables while building them. Leave 3 inches at the bottom of each skewer so that you can turn the veggies on the grill.
9
Place skewers on the grill and baste generously with barbecue sauce between turning. Cook 3 minutes per side until nice grill marks form, about 10 minutes total.
10
Baste with additional BBQ sauce and serve immediately. Enjoy!
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