Did You Know? John Adams believed that July 2nd was the correct date on which to celebrate the birth of American independence, and would reportedly turn down invitations to appear at July 4th events in protest. Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826--the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.
(Source: The History Channel website. Retrieved June 30, 2011 from: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/congress-adopts-the-stars-and-stripes)
LET'S GET OUR GRILLS HEATED UP FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY: Jerk seasoning is actually a delicious, tropical way to barbecue. Use it to season either pork or poultry; simply rub it into the meat, marinate overnight in the refrigerator, grill or bake, and then enjoy! This great recipe that we've selected is from "Too Many Chiles" by Dave DeWitt, Nancy Gerlach and Jeff Gerlach. Permission to print granted by Golden West Publishers, 4113 N. Longview, Phoenix, AZ 85014.
DRY JERK SEASONING
- 1 tsp. dried ground HABANERO CHILE or substitute other hot powder such as cayenne
- 2 Tbsp. ONION POWDER
- 2 tsp. ground THYME
- 2 tsp. ground ALLSPICE
- 1 tsp. coarsely ground BLACK PEPPER
- 1/2 tsp. ground NUTMEG
- 1/2 tsp. ground CINNAMON
- 1/2 tsp. GARLIC POWDER
- 1/4 tsp. ground CLOVES
Combine all the ingredients and mix well. Store the seasoning in a glass jar.
Yield: About 1/4 cup Heat Scale: Hot