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Classic Southern Jezebel Sauce

Classic Southern Jezebel Sauce with its spicy sweet heat is so versatile that it's used as a condiment, appetizer, marinade, or dipping sauce!
4.8 from 22 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Jezebel sauce in a small canning jar.

Classic Southern Jezebel Sauce is a sweet and spicy combination of apple jelly, pineapple preserves, and tangy dry mustard with a kick of horseradish. Serve it alongside ham, pork, shrimp, or grilled chicken. You can also serve it with a block of cream cheese and crackers for an easy appetizer.

Jezebel Sauce is a very versatile recipe! It can be used as a condiment or glaze for ham or pork, a dipping sauce for shrimp or chicken, or a marinade. It also makes a phenomenal appetizer when spooned over cream cheese and served with crackers.

Jezebel sauce in a small canning jar.

It’s an interesting combination of sweet and spicy flavors that everyone will love and is a part of our southern foodways. So why not give it a try today?

🤔 Why is it called Jezebel sauce?


There are a few theories about how this recipe got its name. One theory is that this hot, sweet, spicy condiment was named after the well-known Biblical queen. That Jezebel was something else. Causing havoc and stirring things up wherever she went. And you could say the same about the sauce that is her namesake. Sweet and spicy with a pungent kick of heat yet really quite lovely.

Jezebel sauce poured over a block of cream cheese on a tray.

❤ Why You’ll Love This Recipe


  • It’s easy to make with just a few simple ingredients.
  • It’s perfect for holiday entertaining.
  • It’s versatile and can be used as a glaze, dip, marinade, or appetizer.
  • It’s the perfect combination of sweet and spicy flavors.

🥘 About the Ingredients


Ingredients required for the recipe.

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  • Apple Jelly (Jezebel sauce is traditionally made with apple jelly, but other types may be substituted)
  • Pineapple Preserves (These are widely available in southern grocery stores. You can also order them for delivery if you need to.)
  • Horseradish (Freshly grated is best but not the easiest. Prepared horseradish from your supermarket’s refrigerated section works perfectly well)
  • Dry Mustard Powder (I recommend Colman’s brand)

You’ll find detailed measurements for all ingredients in the printable version of the recipe at the bottom of this post.

🥄 How to Make Jezebel Sauce


Apple jelly, pineapple preserves, mustard, and horseradish in a bowl.
STEP 1.
Ingredients mixed together in a bowl.
STEP 2.
  1. In a small mixing bowl, add the apple jelly, pineapple preserves, horseradish, and dry mustard.
  2. Stir vigorously until well blended.
  3. Refrigerate for a few hours to allow the flavors to blend.

🍽 How to Use Classic Southern Jezebel Sauce


  • Drizzle on a chicken biscuit or as a dipping sauce for chicken fingers
  • Use as a glaze for ham or pork chops
  • Serve over a block of cream cheese with crackers for an easy appetizer
  • Make Jezebel shrimp by marinating shrimp in the sauce
  • Use as a basting sauce for grilled chicken wings or pork ribs
  • Serve as a dip for cocktail sausages
  • Include a small container of it on a charcuterie board. 
Jezebel sauce poured over a block of cream cheese on a tray with crackers.

❗ Recipe Tips


  • Use high-quality ingredients for the best flavor.
  • Taste and adjust the seasoning to your liking.
  • Let the sauce sit for a few hours to allow the flavors to meld together.
  • If you prefer a smooth sauce, blend all the ingredients together in a food processor or blender.

🔀 Options and Variations


  • Make different varieties of Jezebel sauce by substituting the apple jelly for whole cranberry sauce, peach preserves, orange marmalade, or apricot preserves.
  • Add in some red pepper flakes if you like it extra spicy.
  • Try adding a splash of apple cider vinegar, lemon, or white wine vinegar for a little tartness.
  • Stir in a tablespoon or two of brandy, rum, or whiskey for a boozy Jezebel sauce.
  • A few grinds of black pepper and a couple of tablespoons of chopped pecans make a nice alternate version.
Jezebel sauce and cream cheese on a cracker.

⚠ Caution


  • Take care if you’re serving children. The combination of horseradish and dry mustard makes this sauce an exceptionally spicy condiment.

🍚 Storage & Freezing Instructions


Jezebel sauce will keep in the fridge for up to two weeks. Be sure to store it in an airtight container, so it doesn’t dry out. I like to use a mason jar with a tight fighting lid.

You can freeze Jezebel sauce for up to six months. Be sure to use a freezer-safe container and leave some headspace, so it has room to expand.

Jezebel sauce in a small canning jar.

So what are you waiting for? Give this Jezebel sauce recipe a try today! I guarantee you’ll love it. And your friends and family will be asking you for the recipe.

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📖 Recipe

Jezebel sauce in a small canning jar.

Classic Southern Jezebel Sauce

Classic Southern Jezebel Sauce with its spicy sweet heat is so versatile that it's used as a condiment, appetizer, marinade, or dipping sauce!
4.78 from 22 votes
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Course: Condiments and Extras
Cuisine: Southern, Vintage
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 61kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

  • ½ cup apple jelly
  • ½ cup pineapple preserves
  • 3 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dry mustard recommend: Colman’s

Instructions

  • In a small mixing bowl, add the apple jelly, pineapple preserves, horseradish, and dry mustard.
  • Stir vigorously until well blended.
  • Refrigerate for a few hours to allow the flavors to blend. 

Notes

Caution: Take care if you’re serving children. The combination of horseradish and dry mustard makes this sauce an exceptionally spicy condiment.
  • Keep in the fridge for up to two weeks in an airtight container.
  • May be frozen for up to six months. Be sure to use a freezer-safe container and leave some headspace, so it has room to expand.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1 | Calories: 61kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 23mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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Jezebel sauce in a glass serving dish.

— This post was originally published on April 3, 2012. It has been updated with new photos and additional information.

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  1. 5 stars
    Someone gave me a jar several years ago at Christmas – it is now a Holiday Tradition at our house….it is delicious over cream cheese with crackers.

  2. I would like to give this as little Christmas gifts. Do you think I could can it so I don’t have to do it at the last minute?

  3. Our family never serves ham without Jezeble Sauce! We like that it bites one back just enough to cause a bit of a stir. And, on occasions, we have substituted it in our deviled eggs recipe for .the customary mustard.

  4. My husband’s Aunt always serves ham with jezabel sauce at our big Christmas get-togethers. She makes hers the same way as yours, only her recipe doesn’t call for dry mustard. She also adds poppyseeds to her sauce. We’ve used her recipe several times, but we’ll add the dry mustard this year. I think that will give it the extra oomph we’ve been wanting. Thanks!

  5. That sauce sounds so good. I have heard the name, but in NYC, never have had it. I am not sure I can find pineapple preserves…I will look. Thank you for sharing…I am making ham and know I will have it for days…

  6. Seems to be my day for finding out how truly limited my culinary education has been since I’ve NEVER heard of this sauce… clearly I need to get myself down to the south to commence my education!!
    This sauce sounds exactly like something I would love – adding it to my bookmarks as we speak!

  7. What a cheeky name…never heard of it but that fab combo of sweet and spicy is right up my alley

  8. such a versitale relish – keep a jar in the fridge for many things…. we make ours the same only momma added a few grinds of black pepper, sometimes chopped pecans when company was coming…

    1. Yes, I do add some pepper sometimes, but I’ve not had Jezebel Sauce with nuts. It sounds like a great option!

  9. The Chop House in Madison, Georgia serves a wonderful grilled pork chop with Jezebel sauce. It’s a fantastic sauce with any pork or poultry. And, if you happen to have a head cold, knock yourself out. You will be well in no time.

    Happy Easter.

    Miss P

    1. I have not had the pleasure of dining at the Chop House, but if I do I’ll be sure to try the pork chop!!