May 30, 2022

Jerk-Marinated Pork Anticuchos

Recipe: Adrian Forte

Try these Jerk-Marinated Pork Anticuchos from Adrian Forte’s new cookbook Yawd.

“I like to consider myself a student of life. I’m a firm believer that the moment you stop learning, you’ve stopped living. I have an unspoken rule that I won’t refer to any of my fellow industry colleagues as “chef” until they have taught me something. When I first met my

sous-chef, Alex Fields, he did not know much about Afro-Caribbean cuisine. He worked at

a very swanky and upscale Peruvian restaurant in Toronto. Our first while together, we spent most of our time explaining different recipes and learning techniques from our respective styles of cooking. I decided to pay him a surprise visit during his last week of employment at that restaurant before he came to work for me full time. He treated me to an amazing five- course meal that surpassed my already high expectations, and the highlight of the night was the anticuchos. Anticuchos are a popular street food in Peru, where beef hearts are marinated in vinegar, cumin, aji pepper, and garlic, and then grilled on a skewer. We’ve since combined our collective knowledge of Peruvian and Afro-Caribbean cuisines to develop an anticuchos recipe that we are both extremely proud of. Needless to say, he goes by “chef” to me now.”


Jerk Marinade (batch)

  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 3 Scotch bonnet peppers
  • ½ cup Garlic Paste (page 24)
  • 2 cups chopped onions 2 tbsp cane sugar
  • 2 tbsp dark rum
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • ½ cup puréed fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp ground thyme 2 tsp ground allspice
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp grated fresh nutmeg
  • 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp mushroom soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp canola oil 1½ tbsp salt

Pineapple Vinegar (batch)

  • ¼ cup sugar (consider using coconut, rapadura, or panela sugar)
  • 3 cups warm spring or filtered water
  • Scraps and rind of 1 pineapple

Garum Fish Sauce (batch)

  • 2 lb. small fish (anchovies, smelt sprats, sardines)
  • 2½ cups salt
  • 2 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp dried mint leaves

Pork loin

  • 1 cup Jerk Marinade (see above)
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup  vegetable  oil 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1½ lb pork loin, cut into 1-inch cubes

Mango chutney

  • 1 ripe mango, diced
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • ⅓ cup Pineapple Vinegar (see above)
  • 1 tbsp Garum Fish Sauce (see above)
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh chives
  • Lime wedges (optional), for serving


Yield: 4 Servings

Make the Jerk Marinade

  1. Combine all the marinade ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth and emulsified. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days.

Make the Pineapple Vinegar

  1. In a sterilized 4-cup glass jar, dissolve the sugar in the water. Add the pineapple scraps and rind until the jar has ½ inch of room left at the top.
  2. Cover the mouth of the jar with a square of paper towel, cheesecloth, muslin, or light fabric, and secure with a rubber band. Place in a dark cupboard or pantry and allow to ferment for 2 to 3 weeks, opening the container daily to stir the contents for aeration.
  3. After 2 to 3 weeks, strain the contents through cheesecloth or a nut milk bag into sterilized bottles and seal. The vinegar is ready to use now, or it can be fermented for another week or so, until you reach your desired Store the final product in the fridge for up to 6 weeks (if you leave it at room temperature, it will continue fermenting).

Make the Garum Fish Sauce

  1. Rinse the fish under running water, leaving them intact (do not remove the gills or innards).
  2. Place the fish, salt, and herbs in a pan and add enough water to cover the fish with 1 or 2 inches of liquid on top (in my pan, that was 6 cups). Bring to a boil and let boil for 15 minutes.
  3. Using a hand blender, pulse the fish to break it down completely. Continue boiling until the liquid starts to thicken, at least 20 minutes. (You can simmer the liquid longer if you like; the flavor becomes more intense the longer it cooks.) Remove from heat and let cool.
  4. Use a colander to strain out any larger pieces of fish, and discard. Then strain the liquid again through a mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth until the liquid is clear. Depending on the fish used and the length of boiling time, you’ll end up with a yellow to amber liquid.
  5. Transfer to a sterilized jar or Store in the fridge for up to 1 year.

Make the Anticuchos 

  1. Prepare the pork loin: In a large bowl, combine the jerk marinade, soy sauce, vegetable oil, and cumin and whisk to form a paste. Add the cubed pork to the bowl, mix well, and allow to marinate for 10 minutes.
  2. Heat your indoor or outdoor grill to medium-high heat, about 450°F.
  3. Thread the cubes of pork evenly onto metal skewers. Place the skewers on the grill and brush on the remaining marinade. Grill until the marinade has caramelized, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Make the mango chutney: In a saucepan, combine the mangoes, onions, pineapple vinegar, garum fish sauce, and honey and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, add the bell peppers and chives, and mix well.
  5. Arrange the skewers on a plate, then spoon a good amount of chutney over each Serve with fresh lime wedges and enjoy!

Excerpted from Yawd by Adrian Forte. Copyright © 2022 Adrian Forte. Photography by John Molina. Published by Appetite by Random House®, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.