Our Short History

OH WHAT A DIFFERENCE SMOKE MAKES

Original Jerk is a Process. It’s not just jerk sauce. It’s all in how you cook it. How you add different elements to create that Jamaican jerk flavor of being slowly cooked over pimento wood. Dat Jerk uses that process to prepare our homemade jerk sauce, that’s slowly rubbed into our signature chicken and pork, then smoked in the rotisserie and over the grill. Creating jerk flavors that will send your taste buds buzzing.

Dat Jerk is the brain child of founder Richard Fray. With a Cuban and Jamaican background, Richard’s dream was to bring healthy Caribbean food, served with a smile to the market.

Ten-years ago he and his wife Angela decided to put their dream of launching Dat Jerk on hold to open successfully run franchises in Southern California.

All the while knowing Dat Jerk would soon come to life!

Recipe development has been in the making for the past three years for Dat Jerk. Taking time to select the best ingredients and flavors to create Dat Jerk’s succulent menu. With the infusion of his sisters, Patricia, Rosalie and other family members creative Caribbean cooking, Dat Jerk’s menu has exploded to offer staple favorites such as Jerk Chicken, Tropical Chicken and a variety of cooked to order shrimp that will leave you coming back for more!

It’s our goal to treat every customer like family! From the moment you step into the door you will smell and feel the warmth in the atmosphere. Don’t be alarmed if you see a few jerks messing around… It’s all in jest and a part of our carefree welcoming attitude that’s ready to serve you!