Combine the chiles, onion, shallots, chives, parsley, and garlic in a food processor and purée to a coarse paste. Work in the ginger, salt, thyme, allspice, black pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, lime juice, soy sauce, vegetable oil, and brown sugar. Correct the seasoning, adding soy sauce or salt to taste. The mixture should be very flavorful. Add water to obtain a thick but pourable paste.
Marinate the lamb in the jerk mixture for 3-4 hours, or overnight. Grill or broil to taste.
The recipe makes about 1½ cups, enough jerk for about 2 pounds of Caribbean lamb. Refrigerated, the jerk seasoning should last for weeks, but it is better used sooner. Store in a glass jar with a non-reactive lid.
Note: Wear gloves when handling chiles. If you want a milder jerk you can substitute jalepenos. Twelve Scotch bonnets will give you the full force Jamaican jerk. Grow into it if you are not adapted.
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