Sadly, the rumors are true: According to two independent sources, Pickapeppa Hot Spicy Jerk Seasoning has been discontinued by the manufacturer and is no longer available. We sold out of this sweet and spicy Jamaican jerk seasoning last month and were told there was no more to be had, and today I was able to confirm that news with Pickapeppa's US importer. No doubt this is a huge disappointment to many of our customers and fans of the Pickapeppa product.
There is a bit of good news, however: Pickapeppa is currently working on a new jerk seasoning that will replace their old jerk seasoning. This new product is supposed to be more of an old-fashioned Jamaican jerk paste for use with chicken and fish as well as with meat (apparently there was a general belief that the original Pickapeppa jerk seasoning was best suited for meat rather than poultry or seafood). Of course, there's no telling when the new product will be available, but I'll definitely keep my ears open for any news and will post any useful information here if I run across any.
In the meantime, if you're looking for some delicious Jamaican jerk sauces and condiments for Jamaican cooking, then I highly recommend Pluto's Organic Jamaican Sauces. Pluto, a Jamaican native now living in North Carolina, has whipped up two delicious traditional Jamaican jerk seasonings (a hot jerk sauce and a mild jerk sauce) using 100% natural, certified organic ingredients. I prefer the hot version with beef, pork, lamb and goat, while the mild version is ideal for chicken, fish and seafood. Pluto's third sauce, called Paradise Potion, is a thick, richly-flavored and mildly spicy all-purpose Jamaican sauce and condiment that's slightly sweet and infused with savory Jamaican herbs and spices. And like the jerk sauces, Paradise Potion is all-natural and certified organic. You can use Paradise Potion on virtually anything, and it's especially good with grilled foods, roasted veggies, and even stirred into plain cooked rice. All three Pluto's sauces come with free recipes when you order them from the Carolina Sauce Company.