Jezebel Sauce

Jezebel Sauce is a popular sauce served over cream cheese for a party appetizer. You can also use it as a dipping sauce or for cooking pork tenderloin and chicken. This delicious southern sauce is sweet with a spicy kick.

overhead view of jezebel sauce over cream cheese and crackers on a tray.

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What Is Jezebel Sauce? 

Jezebel Sauce combines the sweet and tangy twang of pineapple preserves and apple jelly with the mild heat of dry mustard and prepared horseradish. If you have never tried Jezebel Sauce before, what are you waiting for?

What Makes Jezebel Dip the Perfect for a Party and a Meal? 

This classic Southern recipe has popped up at dinner parties and church socials for generations. Its popularity comes from its fabulous taste and the fact that it is incredibly easy to make. Oh, yeah, it is super versatile, as well. 

Pour this sauce over a block of cream cheese to transform it into a rave-worthy appetizer; use it as a glaze for meat or as a dipping sauce for just about anything. 

Save this recipe and stock up on the shelf-stable ingredients, and you’ll be ready for any last-minute get-together. 

Ingredients You Will Need

To make Southern Jezebel Sauce, you’ll need:

  • Pineapple Preserves
  • Apple Jelly
  • Dry Mustard
  • Prepared Horseradish
jezebel sauce ingredients.

Ingredient Notes

Read the label for the horseradish carefully. You want prepared horseradish, not horseradish sauce, for this recipe. 

You won’t find apple jelly in every supermarket, but you can buy apple jelly online. Don’t try to substitute the more common apple butter, but you can make Jezebel Sauce with orange marmalade or apricot jam instead. 

How to Make Jezebel Sauce

This recipe is so easy to make! Here’s all you have to do:

  1. Drain the prepared horseradish and pat dry with a paper towel. 
  2. Combine the pineapple preserves, apple jelly, dry mustard, and prepared horseradish in a mixing bowl.
jezebel sauce ingredients in a bowl.
  1. Whisk well. Heating the jelly and preserves in the microwave until warm makes incorporating the other ingredients much more manageable.
  2. Transfer the sauce to a container with a lid and put it in the fridge.
jezebel sauce over cream cheese and in a small bowl.

Recipe Variations

Changing up the taste of this sauce is simple.

  • Switch out the apple jelly for pepper jelly for a hotter sauce spice. No pepper jelly on hand? Finely chop a few jalapeños or habaneros and toss them in with the apple jelly.
  • Put an Asian spin on this recipe by replacing the apple jelly with apricot jam and substituting a tablespoon of grated ginger for the dry mustard.

How To Serve Jezebel Sauce

Make the sauce two days in advance, and let it hang out in the fridge before serving for the best flavor. Fair warning, the spicy version of this Jezebel Sauce recipe will get hotter over time, so be careful not to let it sit for too long. 

To make the classic Jezebel Dip, bring a block of cream cheese to room temperature and pour the sauce over the top. Serve the dip with plenty of crackers. Ritz Crackers are the traditional choice, but Wheat ThinsTriscuits, homemade crackers, and pita chips are good options, too. 

What To Serve Jezebel Sauce With 

In addition to using the sauce as a dip, it is incredible as a glaze on pork and ham. Try glazing slices of pork tenderloin, crisping the sauce under a broiler, and serving between two pieces of crunchy garlic bread as a sandwich. Yum. 

Use as a condiment for dipping chicken tenders, wings, little smokies, or egg rolls. This is amazing with fried shrimp!

How To Store Southern Jezebel Sauce

Keep the sauce in the fridge. Old jam jars or mason jars with screw-on lids make the perfect containers. 

Cover any leftover Jezebel Dip with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge. 

How Long Does This Jezebel Sauce Recipe Last?

You can keep Jezebel Sauce in the fridge for up to three weeks, but once you pour it over the cream cheese to make the dip, try to finish it within 48 hours.

jezebel sauce poured over cream cheese.

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Jezebel Sauce

Jezebel sauce is both sweet and hot, perfect to serve or give as a gift. 
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Jezebel Sauce
Prep Time: 48 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 242kcal


  • 15 ounces pineapple preserves
  • 15 ounces apple jelly
  • 3 tablespoons dry mustard
  • 1/2 cup prepared horseradish


  • Place all the ingredients in a medium bowl, and stir until well combined.
  • Transfer the sauce to an airtight container, and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • To serve, pour over cream cheese and serve with crackers.




This will store refrigerated for several weeks.
You can also use Jezebel sauce for a ham glaze or dip for chicken nuggets and egg rolls.


Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 77mg | Potassium: 95mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin C: 10.5mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 0.5mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Baltisraul

    Trying this sauce for the first time today over a brick of smoked cream cheese that is covered in my favorite rub. Thought the addition of the sauce over the top sounded good. It only takes a couple hours to smoke the cheese at 200 degrees.

  2. Marilyn A Childers

    Stephanie, I want to make this sauce for our church bazaar. I just don’t think “Jezebel” would go over very well. Could you suggest a different name for this sauce? I thank you for a response and your thoughts.

  3. Kristen

    5 stars
    I’m making Jezebel sauce for wedding favors. We will be making them a month in advance. Do we need to can them? Or can we just put them in the mason jars without canning them?

    • Stephanie

      I think that may be a little bit on the edge of how long this sauce would be good for. Do you think everyone will eat up the sauce immediately? It may be fine.
      What a cool wedding favor idea!

  4. gail

    Usually with Smucker’s other ice cream toppings. I use the recipe w/o cream cheese for a dipping sauce for chicken tenders

  5. tonya smith

    My aunt would make this for Christmas, but hers was red. She used apple jelly and cinnamon. The kick came from chili peppers. I am excited to try your recipe it looks good.

  6. Claire

    I love Jezabel sauce! I have my uncles recipe that I’ve been wanting to put on the blog but I can’t find pineapple preserves here anywhere! For some reason I’ve been reluctant to order it online, who knows why. I’m glad to see it here, you always do a nice job with everything.

    You know I found the preserves at the grocery store, I used Smuckers brand. I hope that helps. ~Stephanie

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