Jerk cooking in Bridgeport’s South End

November 11, 2016

BRIDGEPORT - There flumes of smoke pouring from a lot in the city’s South End Friday morning but this smoke had a decidedly cinnamon and barbeque smell to it.

Ethan Aiken and his son, Delroy, their clothes streaked in soot and grease, were standing over several large grills shifting dozens of chicken legs and racks of ribs over the open flames.

“This is jerk food,” Ethan Aiken explained in his sing-son Jamaican accent as he pulled a leg from the grill with a long pair of metal tongs. “We make jerk chicken, ribs and fish.”

The father and son have been grilling food in the lot at the corner of Park Avenue and Johnson Street for the past six months for sale on food trucks in New York and around Connecticut. But Ethan Aiken said they eventually hope to open their own take out restaurant on the site called Ethan’s Grill.

“Unlike a lot of places that are only open in the summer we want to have a place in the winter where people who want jerk food can put their coat on and come here and get good food,” Ethan Aiken said.

He said he grew up in Jamaica learning how to cook from family. The recipe for his barbeque sauce is a family secret passed down from family member to family member.

“All our food is cooked over charcoal, it’s very important to have the fire just right. There is a lot of smoke but we are not smoking the food,” Aiken said.

For more information on Ethan’s Grill call 203 953-6528 or ethanaiken1@gmail.com