Founding of a Jerk Paradise : Owen as Pub Paradise in 1999
Our Lil Jerk History
Jamaican Jerk was historically derived from many different settlement cultures, including British, Dutch, French, Spanish, East Indian, West African, Portuguese, and Chinese. The origin of Jamaican Jerk Pork, for instance, dates back to the pre-slavery days of the Coromantee hunters of West Africa through the Maroons around 1655 which the Jamaican slaves escaped from the British empire.
There are a few theories of how "Jerk" came to be. Some say it's from the Spanish word Charqui (dried meat) which developed over time to Jerky and finally Jerk. Others have said it's derived from poking "jerking" holes into the meats prior to cooking. Nowadays, Jerk is used as seasonings and a cooking process of fine Jamaican meats.