Southern Jezebel Sauce and Cream Cheese Appetizer

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

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In this post I’m sharing how to make classic Jezebel Sauce, how to make an easy appetizer with it. 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.

Sauces to Pour over Cream Cheese

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

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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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Southern Jezebel Sauce & Cream Cheese Appetizer

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


Add all of the ingredients to a mixing bowl.

Mix well using a hand mixer.

Place the Jezebel Sauce into a plastic storage container and refrigerate overnight.

The sauce can also be placed into glass jars and refrigerated for gifts.

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
Jezebel Sauce Appetizer Spread

Southern Jezebel Sauce & Cream Cheese Appetizer is perfect for holiday gatherings and makes a great food gift #JezebelSauce #SweetAndSpicy #Condiment #EasyRecipe #Delicious | Julia's Simply Southern

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

See this recipe at the Weekend Potluck and Meal Plan Monday




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  • Reply
    Mandy @ South Your Mouth
    October 12, 2018 at 7:32 am

    Oh, Julia, my daddy LOVED Jezebel Sauce but we never could find a good recipe. Wish I’d had this sooner – it looks perfect!

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      Julia Jordan
      October 12, 2018 at 8:29 am

      Thank you Mandy and big hugs! So many friends lost loved ones this year. May we cherish our wonderful memories. I hope you try the recipe soon. It truly is so delicious to be so easy.

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    Amy - The Speedy Spatula
    October 12, 2018 at 8:11 am

    I’ve never had Jezebel Sauce but I love the name and it looks like something we would really enjoy! Definitely marking this one to make for Christmas parties this year!

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      Julia Jordan
      October 12, 2018 at 8:31 am

      I hope you do try it soon. I think you’ll love it. It’s so versatile too and can be used as a glaze for meats or serve as a condiment. This appetizer is wonderful. I had to stop myself eating it after I took my photos, LOL.

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    Miz Helen
    October 15, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    There is nothing like a great Jezebel Sauce to heat up the party, this is a great recipe! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and have a great week!
    Miz Helen

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    October 19, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Hi Julia, Having never had (or heard of) Jezebel Sauce, how hot is the horseradish? Can’t wait to try this! Thanks so much!

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      Julia Jordan
      October 19, 2018 at 10:27 am

      The heat of the horseradish blends well with the sweetness of the other ingredients so it’s not over-whelming but just perfect.

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        October 20, 2018 at 5:41 am

        Thanks, Julia!

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    Barrie Mooney
    October 25, 2018 at 6:37 am

    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.~

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      Julia Jordan
      October 25, 2018 at 12:01 pm

      It’s a great sauce to have in your collection. I hope you enjoy it. Thank you so much for the feature! 🙂

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    Colleen - Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck
    October 26, 2018 at 5:59 am

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

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      Julia Jordan
      October 26, 2018 at 8:37 am

      It’s a great sauce! I just love it.

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    October 26, 2018 at 7:25 am

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

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      Julia Jordan
      October 26, 2018 at 8:38 am

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

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