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Southern Jezebel Sauce and Cream Cheese Appetizer

In this post I’m sharing how to make classic Southern Jezebel Sauce and Cream Cheese Appetizer. This is such an easy and delicious appetizer recipe. I’ll also share a few other delicious ways to use one of the South’s favorite condiments.

Southern Jezebel Sauce and Cream Cheese Appetizer is a classic combination and is so easy to make. It is always a hit with guests, making it perfect for holiday gatherings.

Jezebel Sauce History

Many Southern states claim to have been the originators of Jezebel sauce, no surprise there, but no one really knows where it comes from…or how it got its name.

If you’ve read the Bible, you’re familiar with Jezebel, a saucy woman with a most scandalous reputation. Perhaps that is the inspiration for naming this sweet, spicy and tart condiment we love so much.

Seriously, we love the stuff in the South. Keeping a jar on hand in the refrigerator is not uncommon. It comes in handy for many uses.

If you’re not familiar with Jezebel sauce, you’re gonna want to make a batch right away and try it! Trust me on this. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how well the combination of ingredients work on your palate.

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Easy Jezebel Sauce Recipe, the South's favorite condiment in glass jars

It is hard to think about the holidays are just weeks away now. We’re nearly halfway through October and it’s yet to feel like fall since summer hasn’t wanted to let go of its grip this year.

The weather forecasts says that fall temperatures are coming in a few days though and I can’t wait!

You’ll want to keep this recipe handy for those holiday dinners and gatherings. It’s a keeper!

Southern Appetizer Recipes

Cream Cheese on a cracker topped with Jezebel Sauce

Now, let’s talk about a few ways you can use Jezebel Sauce besides this delicious appetizer.

  • Serve with ham, cheese slices and crackers as a spread
  • A condiment choice for your charcuterie board
  • To glaze meats (it’s great with pork)
  • As a condiment with ham, pork, beef or chicken
  • Put it in cute jars and give as food gifts for the holidays (I love giving food gifts)
  • Have it on a biscuit with a slice of country ham

Southern Jezebel Sauce and Cream Cheese Appetizer

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Let’s make a batch! You’re not gonna believe how super easy it is. You’ll find the full printable recipe near the bottom of this post. You’ll need: Pineapple Preserves, Apple Jelly, Extra Hot Prepared Horseradish (make sure to get extra hot, it works so well), and Dry Mustard Powder. If serving as an appetizer you’ll also need cream cheese and crackers.

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Yield: 24 ounces

Southern Jezebel Sauce and Cream Cheese Appetizer

Classic Jezebel Sauce Recipe served over cream cheese with crackers for holiday gatherings

A sweet and spicy sauce that is the South's favorite condiment. Use it for appetizers, dipping or cooking!


  • 12 oz Pineapple Preserves
  • 12 oz Apple Jelly
  • 4 oz Extra Hot Prepared Horseradish
  • 1/4 c Dry Mustard Powder
  • A couple of turns of Fresh Cracked Black Pepper


  1. Add all of the ingredients to a mixing bowl.
  2. Mix well using a hand mixer.
  3. Place the Jezebel Sauce into a plastic storage container and refrigerate overnight.
  4. The sauce can also be placed into glass jars and refrigerated for gifts.
  5. Jezebel Sauce lasts up to 6 weeks when refrigerated. 

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 170Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 75mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 2gSugar: 27gProtein: 1g

Other appetizer recipes you might enjoy: Creamy Collard Dip, Easy Fruit Dip, Jalapeno Bacon Dip

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Monday 12th of December 2022

Love this recipe. I have a hard time finding pineapple preserves. Can you recommend a substitute? Would apricot-pineapple preserve work?

Julia Jordan

Tuesday 13th of December 2022

Thank you Brigitte! I usually find pineapple preserved in the jams and jellies section at my local grocery store. You can make it with other flavors but it will alter the flavors according to what you're using. I'm sure it would still be delicious. Enjoy!


Friday 24th of December 2021

Is the 1/4 cup dry mustard powder correct?

Julia Jordan

Friday 24th of December 2021

Yes, that is correct (4 tablespoons), for how I make it. Some people put less, so if you want to lessen it then you can. ~Julia


Friday 26th of October 2018

This sounds great, Julia! I'll be making it, for certain! P~

Julia Jordan

Friday 26th of October 2018

Thank you, Paula. It is a real treat and I love how easy it is to make.

Colleen - Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck

Friday 26th of October 2018

I'm imagining so many recipes this sauce would come in handy for!!!

Julia Jordan

Friday 26th of October 2018

Colleen, It's a great sauce! I just love it.

Barrie Mooney

Thursday 25th of October 2018

I have heard of this but never seen a recipe- I am making this for sure- love how it is a great little side or topper with an app for the upcoming party season~ Also, I am featuring it for this week's Friday Frenzy on the blog.~

Julia Jordan

Thursday 25th of October 2018

Barrie, It's a great sauce to have in your collection. I hope you enjoy it. Thank you so much for the feature! :) Julia

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