Easy Grilling Recipe: Caribbean Jerk Meatballs with Dipping Sauce

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The kids may be back in school but that doesn’t mean summer weather is gone. In fact, for us down here in Georgia we will be enjoying warm weather for quite some time. My husband and I grill just about year round so whenever I come across an easy grilling recipe I tell the husband to fire up the coals. I love when he cooks on the grill because it makes my job of getting dinner on the table a lot easier and we love the flavor our recipes get from the Green Egg grill. If you are a fan of outdoor cooking like we are then this easy grilling recipe will be right up your alley! If you don’t have a grill or if it happens to be raining when you put your meatballs together, never fear they can also be made in the stove just as easily.  If you think you will have trouble with the meatballs sticking to the grill or you prefer smaller meatballs, just lay some foil down on the rack of the grill before cooking. Inspiration for this recipe came from Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen and the Food Network.  I changed up a few of the ingredients just based on my own personal taste and what I had on hand in my kitchen.

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Caribbean Jerk Meatballs

Yields 8 to 10

Caribbean Jerk Meatballs with Dipping Sauce

An easy grilling recipe that is both sweet and spicy.

30 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

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  • For the sauce:
  • 1 1/2 TBSP butter
  • 2 tablespoons minced onions
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/8 cup pomegranate vinegar
  • 1 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 TBSP lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoons cayenne
  • 1 TBSP cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon sage
  • 1/8 teaspoon thyme
  • For the Meatballs
  • 1/2 onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 medium yellow pepper, finely diced
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb ground fresh pork
  • 1 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tsp McCormick Jamaican Jerk seasoning


  1. Make the sauce: Heat butter in medium sauce pan until bubbly. Add onion and saute 3 to 4 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and simmer while you prepare the meatballs.
  2. In a large saute pan heat olive oil over medium heat. Saute peppers and onions 4 to 5 minutes or until translucent. Add minced garlic and saute 2 to 3 more minutes
  3. In a large bowl add all remaining ingredients. Add sauteed vegetables. Mix until well combined.
  4. Form mixture into 3 inch balls and place on foil lined cookie sheet sprayed with non stick spray.
  5. Grill or bake at 375 until almost cooked through (about 20 minutes). Brush with sauce and flip meatballs so bottom side is up. Turn heat up heat to 425 degrees and cook 10 more minutes to brown. Brush again with sauce and serve.

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McCormick® Grill Mates® seasonings come in a variety of flavors so you can find one that meets your own tastes.  I can’t wait to start trying out some of the other seasonings I received from McCormick.

What’s your family’s favorite easy grilling recipe?

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  1. That looks really good. I've never tried Caribbean jerk anything!

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