In 2011, Aunt I’s was chosen by the Food Network to appear on their show the “Heat Seekers” and in 2013 the national network, ABC selected them for their food show “The Chew”.
- Cut chicken into quarters and clean.
- Cut green onions into 1 inch sections and cut up pepper in four.
- Coarsely chop the thyme, place it along with jerk seasoning, green onions, peppers, allspice and the seasoning salt in a blender / processor with 1/2 cup water
- Blend to a light oatmeal consistency then pour out into a bowl.
- For each quarter rub the chicken with the jerk seasoning and stuff the jerk seasoning between the skin and the flesh.
- Place mixed contents into storage pan and let marinade over night. (at least 12 hours)
- Remove the excess seasoning from the chicken. Heat the grill then place the quarters flesh side down first as to not let chicken burn too quickly.
- Flip the chicken every 5 to 7 minutes initially for it not burn then 7 to 10 minutes on lower heat until cooked. Cook time: 45 mins.
- Chop each quarter into 4 or 5 pieces to get the real Jamaican jerk experience
- Place into a serving container.
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The Aunt I's Story
Aunt I’s is not only the name of the restaurant but the nick name of a real person. The vision was born out of a mother's exceptional Jamaican country-style cooking ability, a love for people and a heart for service. Inez “Aunt I” Grant always had a yearning to have a restaurant since she moved to Florida from Kingston, Jamaica.
Aunt I began cooking out of her home in 1986 with the help of her children doing their part. The menu was simple and limited to the more popular and traditional Jamaican dishes. The word got out that "dis lady can really cook" and in a short time the house was filled with people from all over, including family and friends. This was the beginning of their customer base. By 1987 the first Aunt I's was opened in what is now the city of Miami Gardens, and the word of mouth advertising was unbelievable.
Signature dishes like Aunt I's Oxtail, the Special Brown Stewed Chicken and our made-from-scratch Jerk Chicken, has helped to make Aunt I's a standard of excellence in Jamaican Cuisine.
In 1996, a second location was added in the Fort Lauderdale area and a third in Pembroke Pines in 2003. Due to the tough economic times and changes in demographics of the city, the original Miami location was closed in 2012.
They were also ranked by the South Florida community as one of the top two Best Jamaican Restaurant on our local Channel 10 website, Top 0 Restaurant of 2013. We have truly been blessed.
Today with 2 restaurants and plans to enter new business opportunities and develop other restaurant concepts, they continue to provide their customers with the "feel at home" comfort and courteous service they started back in the house over 25 years ago.