Southern Jezebel Sauce will haunt your taste buds with fiery sweetness. It’s hot, yet sweet, made with the most beautiful pineapple preserves, apricot preserves, apple jelly, horseradish, prepared mustard with a hint of lemon juice is perfect as a glaze for ham, a grilling sauce, condiment, or served as an appetizer. This tasty sauce hails from the South, such as the Mississippi Delta, Florida, and even Louisiana. It’s a Southern thing.
Southern Jezebel Sauce has long been a favorite at Southern Cocktail Parties and Church Potlucks dating back to the late 1940s and early 1950s. You can always count on a good laugh or at least one heck of a smirk from someone that asks what it is when I serve it over cream cheese as an appetizer. Of course, then they usually ask why it’s named that. I guess you can say the wickedly hot, spicy, yet sweet taste, reminds them of Jezebel from the bible. I’m not sure where I stand on that idea, but that’s what they say.
Through centuries, the name Jezebel came to be associated with false prophets. By the early 20th century, it was also associated with fallen or abandoned women. In Christian lore, a comparison to Jezebel suggested that a person was a pagan or an apostate masquerading as a servant of God. By manipulation and seduction, Jezebel misled the saints of God into sins of idolatry and sexual immorality.
Christians began to associate Jezebel with promiscuity. In the Middle Ages, the chronicler Matthew Paris criticized Isabella of Angoulême, the queen consort of John, King of England, by claiming that she was ‘more Jezebel than Isabel. In more modern usage, the name Jezebel is sometimes used as a synonym for sexually promiscuous or controlling women, especially as a stereotype of women, the Jezebel stereotype.
This batch of Southern Jezebel Sauce has a bigger purpose in life than the image below of this Old Southern appetizer depicts below. Yes, I am going to use it as a grilling sauce this week for either chicken or shrimp. I’m not sure which, but It’s going to happen. I’m kind of in the mood for both of them, but I’m not sure which one will end up happening, maybe both if we’re lucky. That can’t be a bad idea, can it?
Have you ever had the pleasure of tasting Southern Jezebel Sauce? If not, this may well be your lucky day to make and eat something from every Southern girl’s childhood. Trust me when I say, our Southern raised mamas love to slap that Southern Jezebel Sauce on almost everything, shrimp, pork, ham, fish, cream cheese, you name it they have slapped a bit of Jezebel over it at dinner. It’s just that darn good.
Tips for using Jezebel Sauce
Drizzle the Jezebel sauce over a block of cream cheese, top with jalapeno peppers, and serve with butter crackers or crackers of choice.
Use as a dipping sauce for Pigs in the Blanket or cocktail weiners.
Use the sauce on grilled pork ribs, fried pork chops, or pork tenderloin.
Use as a glaze for baked ham by brushing on ham about 15 minutes before removing from the oven and add more just before serving.
Use as a dipping sauce for fried or grilled shrimp of fish
Use the Jezebel sauce as a glaze for grilled chicken, chicken wings, or even chicken tenders to add a little kick.
Add Jezebel sauce to steamed veggies for a sweet heat taste.
This simple to make appetizer pictured above is just my family’s Southern Jezebel Sauce spooned over cream cheese and topped with jalapeno slices to add a little more kick to the appetizer. The jalapeno slices are optional and not part of the traditional Jezebel Sauce recipe.
I love, love, love spicy jalapenos on mine. You can omit them if they are a bit too much for your tastes. There are a few variations of this recipe depending on where you are hailing from in the South, so don’t be surprised if you see slightly different preserves being used in The Ms, Delta, or Louisianna, my style is the Florida way. My Mama’s recipe is the Delta River, Ms, way.
Food processor or blender
Plastic container with a tight-fitting lid
Ingredients needed to make Southern Jezebel Sauce
Coleman’s dry mustard
freshly cracked pepper
Method for recipe
Add all ingredients to a food processor. Process till entirely smooth.
Spoon into a plastic container and refrigerate overnight
It will last if stored properly for 2 to 3 weeks.
Enjoy over cream cheese as an appetizer, on baked ham, as a grilling sauce, or dipping sauce.
Southern Jezebel Sauce
- 1 cup pineapple preserves
- 1 cup apricot preserves
- 1 cup apple jelly
- 2 tablespoons Coleman's Dry Mustard
- 1 tablespoon Prepared Horseradish
- 1 lemon zest and juice of
- 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
- Add all ingredients to a food processor. Process till completely smooth.
- Spoon into a plastic container and refrigerate overnight
- The sauce will last if stored properly for 2 to 3 weeks.
- Enjoy over cream cheese as an appetizer, on baked ham, as a grilling sauce, or dipping sauce.
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