Jerk seasoning

tablespoon allspice berries 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg pieces (crack a whole nutmeg with a hammer)

1 teaspoon black peppercorns

2 teaspoons dried thyme

1 teaspoon cayenne, or to taste

1 tablespoon paprika

1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon salt

2 teaspoons minced garlic

2 teaspoons minced ginger (or 2 teaspoons ground ginger).

1. Put allspice, nutmeg, peppercorns and thyme in a spice or coffee grinder and grind to a fine powder.

2. Mix in remaining ingredients and use immediately. To use later, omit garlic and ginger and store in a tightly covered container; add garlic and ginger immediately before using.

Yield: About 1/4 cup.

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