When the Food Network sent their staff out looking for the “Best Reggae-Worthy Chicken, Ever… well, they came to Stillwater.
“I learned how to make jerk chicken and rice and beans from Jamaican women,” the Food Network’s self-described jerk chicken aficionado Antonia Lofaso said, “and I want to see what Smalley’s has on it.”
Lofaso went on to describe how Smalley’s prepares the jerk chicken from slow smoking it over pimento wood chips to finishing it on a searing hot grill and choosing your sauce.
“When you’re biting into it, there’s so many different things happening in your mouth,”Lofaso said. “It’s tang from the vinegar, it’s heat from the scotch bonnet peppers, it’s a warming spice from the pimento wood and the all-spice — you just want to keep diving in and biting at it. It’s so good. As I’m eating this chicken, I feel like I’m on the beach, listening to the steel drum and licking the jerk chicken off my fingers.”
An official viewing party is in the works, so stayed tuned for details. If you missed the show, check it out on The Food Network on Saturday, Jan 17 at 3 p.m., Sunday Jan. 18 at 4 p.m. and Friday, Jan. 23 at 4 p.m.
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