Smoked Jerk Chicken with Caribbean Rum Sauce

Smoked Jerk Chicken with Caribbean Rum Sauce

Once upon a time I made Smoked Caribbean Jerk Wings with Caribbean Rum Sauce for my husband. Now he does all the housework and chores all because of this smoked jerk chicken.

And I magically became the best wife ever!

Ok, maybe I made those last parts up, but the first part is true!

I had made a huge amount of this Caribbean Jerk Seasoning.

So I tried it on a whole jerk chicken recipe in the smoker…seriously SO good 🙂

Smoked Jerk Wings with Caribbean Rum Sauce

How to Make Smoked Jerk Chicken with Caribbean Rum Sauce

I patted the chicken with some paper towels.

Then coated it with soy sauce, and then rubbed it all over with the Caribbean Jerk Seasoning that I made.

Thank goodness my teen daughter was able to help me with this and was like a second set of hands for me.

She poured the soy sauce and sprinkling the seasoning over top as I rubbed it in.

Since I had “chicken hands” it saved me from having to wash my hands a ton of times during this process.

So, invite a kitchen buddy to help you during this part 🙂

Smoked Jerk Chicken with Caribbean Rum Sauce

Into a smoker or Traeger pellet grill set at 225 degrees for about 4 hours it goes.

It smells absolutely amazing because of the spice blend and you’ll probably be tempted to peek several times like I was 😉

Make sure it’s at 170 degrees with a thermometer.

It would be pure perfection just like this…

but the Caribbean Rum Sauce takes it to a whole new level of yumminess!

Smoked Jerk Chicken with Caribbean Rum Sauce


Smoked Jerk Chicken with Caribbean Rum Sauce

These are the Caribbean Jerk Smoked Wings that use the same seasoning and sauce.

Smoked Jerk Wings with Caribbean Rum Sauce

Here is another whole chicken that I smoked, Buffalo Ranch Chicken is just as easy and delicious as this recipe.

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If you have leftover jerk chicken like we did, use it to make Avocado Chicken Salad Wraps.

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Smoked Jerk Chicken with Caribbean Rum Sauce

A delicious smoked chicken with a homemade Caribbean Jerk rub served with an amazing Caribbean Rum sauce!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword best, Caribbean Jerk, Easy, Pellet Grill, Recipe, Rum, Sauce, Smoked Chicken, Smoker Recipes, TikTok, Traeger, Traeger Recipes, whole chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Servings 4
Calories 440 kcal
Author Cheri Renee


Caribbean Jerk Seasoning and Chicken

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 Tbsps ground allspice
  • 2 Tbsps kosher salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp pepper
  • 1/2 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tbsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 Tbsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 Tbsp tumeric
  • 1/2 Tbsp dried thyme (leaves or ground)
  • 1/2 Tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 whole chicken (4-6 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce

Caribbean Rum Sauce

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup dark rum or Captain Morgan’s Rum
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsps lime juice
  • 2 Tbsps Caribbean Jerk Seasoning (recipe above)
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tbsp ginger paste (or fresh grated ginger)


Caribbean Jerk Seasoning and Chicken

  1. To make the jerk seasoning, combine first 11 ingredients together (brown sugar through cumin). Whisk together and break up and clumps of brown sugar.

  2. Pat the whole chicken dry with a paper towel. Pour the soy sauce over the chicken and use your hands to coat the chicken evenly with the soy sauce.

  3. Use 5-6 Tbsps of the Caribbean Jerk Seasoning to rub over the entire chicken. Place the rest of the seasoning in an airtight container to use for future recipes.

  4. Place the chicken in a smoker set to 225 degrees. Smoke for 3 1/2 to 4 hours depending on the size of the chicken. Thermometer should read 165 degrees when inserted in the flesh of the chicken thigh and leg.

Caribbean Rum Sauce

  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium high heat. Whisk together until evenly coated. Once it comes to a boil turn heat to low and simmer for 5-7 minutes, whisking occasionally.

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