Allspice is used extensively in Caribbean cuisine, especially in Jamaica. Fiery jerk seasoning pastes featuring allspice are used to marinate pork, goat, or chicken before barbecuing, preferably over an allspice-wood fire. Meat may also be stuffed or wrapped with allspice leaves, similar to the use of myrtle in the Mediterranean. Jamaican pimento dram is a liqueur made by steeping allspice berries in rum. Fresh allspice leaves, called West Indian bay leaf, are sometimes used for cooking or smoking meat.
For dessert, we recommend a Jamaican Black Cake recipe.
Beverage pairing: Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse, New York. Spicy and savory, the chicken wants something soothing, thirst quenching, and easy drinking … like beer. A weiss beer, made with wheat, is a good choice. This one, a collaboration between Brooklyn Brewery and Germany’s Schneider, has refreshing fruitiness with a nice tinge of exotic spice and ginger.