Jezebel Sauce


The spicy-sweet sauce is an easy burger topping, flavorful sauce for grilled meats, or make-ahead appetizer.

Southern Living Jezebel Sauce with some cream cheese and crackers on a plate

Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
1 cup

Jezebel Sauce is one of those Southern recipes that you might only know if you've visited certain restaurants or live in specific regions (like along the Gulf Coast). But once you try it, you'll always want a jar of this special Southern sauce in your fridge.

Jezebel Sauce's primary ingredients—pineapple preserves, apple jelly, dry mustard, and prepared horseradish—provide a spicy kick to the fruity sweetness. It's sharp and pungent, but the preserves and jelly take the edge off, so it's great for feeding a crowd.

We like to make a batch ahead of time—it's better after it's had a day for flavors to meld—and then serve it over top a block of cream cheese, the same way you would pepper jelly.

But if you have extra, don't be afraid to use it as a burger topping, with grilled chicken or pork, or as a dipping sauce for potatoes or vegetables. You also might catch us using it on our holiday ham or as a sandwich spread with leftover ham.


  • 1 (5 oz.) jar apple jelly

  • 1 (5 oz.) jar pineapple preserves

  • 1/3 cup prepared horseradish

  • 1 1/2 tsp. dry mustard

  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper

  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together apple jelly, pineapple preserves, horseradish, dry mustard, black pepper and crushed red pepper until smooth. Refrigerate overnight or until ready to serve.

  2. Store, refrigerated, in an airtight container or jar for up to two weeks.

    Southern Living Jezebel Sauce in a jar

    Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

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