Homemade Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

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This homemade Jamaican Jerk Seasoning is not only incredibly delicious on meat, it's also super easy {and frugal} to put together!

If you’ve picked up a few specialty seasonings in the baking aisle lately, you know how frustrating it is to spend $4-$6…..a bottle.

I found this out immediately after shopping for the ingredients of our {now} favorite slow cooker pulled pork, which included about a tablespoon of Jamaican Jerk Seasoning. I, for one, had never heard of this blend before, but was anxious to try something new. Tropical island flavor? Savory herbs with a little bit of heat? Sounds good to me!

However, when I finally discovered this Caribbean specialty at the local grocery store, I pretty much gasped at the price. Then I flipped over the bottle and was in even greater shock. All of the ingredients were already in my pantry. I could totally save some money on this!

So, I immediately went back home and made my very own recipe. It still tasted amazing, and costs pennies compared to what I had {almost} bought. Score!

How to Make Jamaican Jerk Seasoning:

Step 1: Gather all the ingredients from your pantry or spice cabinet, and lay them out on the counter. {Ingredients are listed in the printable recipe portion of the post below.}

Homemade Jamaican Jerk Seasoning | Creative Savings

Step 2: Measure out each spice into a small bowl.

Homemade Jamaican Jerk Seasoning | Creative Savings

Step 3: Mix together thoroughly so all spices are combined.

Homemade Jamaican Jerk Seasoning | Creative Savings

Step 4: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for a super long time….pretty much indefinitely. Although we go through ours rather quickly because we use it so much!

Homemade Jamaican Jerk Seasoning | Creative Savings
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Homemade Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1/3 cup 1x


Tropical island flavor? Savory herbs with a little bit of heat? And homemade? Yes, please!


  • 2 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp ground thyme
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground all-spice
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp ground red pepper


  1. Stir together ingredients.
  2. Store in air tight container at room temperature.
  3. Rub seasoning on meats or poultry before grilling or roasting.
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: jamaican jerk seasoning, jamaican seasoning

Total Cost: Pennies…seriously!

Is it cheaper to buy Jamaican Jerk Seasoning, or to make it at home? This post explains which one costs less!

Even though we love using our homemade Jamaican Jerk Seasoning for pulled pork, it’s perfectly acceptable for chicken, steak, and shrimp too. Definitely a must-have in your spice cabinet for weeknight dinners or special occasions.

Plus, you just can’t beat the savings that comes from making your own seasoning combinations at home!

What seasoning blends are your favorite?

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