Jezebel Sauce with Bourbon

Jezebel Sauce is another recipe I knew I would try as soon as I saw the name!

I am obviously a sucker for a kitchy title! Like Dublin Lawyer or Cowboy Candy!

So… this is a classic Southern Sauce, sweet and tangy, pretty much fruity, mustard based but traditionally with some zing from horseradish. Recipes vary greatly in the amount of horseradish to use. I happen to not be a big fan of horseradish so.. I did use some to try to be true to the original recipe concept but I added in candied jalapenos in the form of aforementioned Cowboy Candy! If you like horseradish you can omit the jalapenos and increase the prepared horseradish up to 5 oz or to suit your taste.

The name? Origin unclear but it is assumed that since Jezebel was a woman of ill repute in the Bible it was derived from her character. Menus sometimes describe this as Wicked Jezebel Sauce.

I could not find Pineapple Jam in my store when I went to make this so…not to be deterred… I made my own with this easy jam recipe! It is a small bath recipe so it was perfect to make a bath of Jezebel Sauce with enough to consider a hostess gift or two.

The Apple Jelly, spicy mustard and horseradish were easier to source!

As with the Cowboy Candy – if you water bath the Jezebel Sauce to make it shelf stable is softens the final flavour. It was much tangier in the jar I had just stuck in the fridge. It will keep 2-3 weeks in the fridge or up to a year if canned.

I am going to vote for small batches so I can just keep it in the fridge to take advantage of the extra tang.

Fun With Jezebel Sauce

I have already found many uses for this sauce!

I have yet to try it as a glaze for ham or pork, drizzle it warm over a block of cream cheese, or as a shrimp glaze or dip. But- I can assure you, it won’t be long until I do!

Bourbon adds a bit of interest but you can definitely omit it or substitute ginger ale.

Jars of Jezebel Sauce with a saucer of tangy, mustard sauce.

Jezebel Sauce

Add a bit of sweet tang to any dish!
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Course: Condiments
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Resting Time: 8 hrs
Total Time: 8 hrs 30 mins
Servings: 40 Tbsps


  • Canner or large stock pot -optional


  • 8 oz pineapple jam
  • 8 oz apple jelly Can substitute Apricot jam.
  • 2 Tbsps prepared horseradish See Note 1 below.
  • 1/3 cup Cowboy Candy Optional -See Note 1 below.
  • 6 oz Bold, spicy, brown mustard
  • 1 Tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup Bourbon optional or substitute ginger ale.


  • Add all ingredients except Bourbon to a large sauce pan.
  • Bring to a simmer over medium/high heat. Reduce heat and simmer about 15 minutes, stirring often. Add the Bourbon and simmer another couple of minutes.
  • Transfer to a large clean jar and refrigerate overnight to allow flavours to meld.
  • Will keep 2-3 weeks in the fridge.
  • See Note 2 below if you wish to can the sauce.


Note 1:  You can increase the horseradish to 5 oz if you like horseradish.  If you use  5 oz of horseradish you can omit the Cowboy Candy if you like.
Note 2:  If you plan to can the sauce, sterilize canning jars in a 275 degree oven for at least 20 minutes. Sterilize lids in boiling water for 5 minutes just before filling the jars.  Bring water in your canner of large pot to a boil so it is hot when the sauce is ready.  Jars cannot sit directly on the bottom of the pot so use a rack or silicone mat on the bottom of the pot. Water should cover the jars by at least 2 inches.  After filling, wipe jar rims and outer surface clean.  Leave 1/2 ” headspace. Center the lid and screw on band until just finger tight.  Simmer jars 10 minutes.  Remove from the canner with canning tongs.  Allow jars to cool to room temperature in  a draft-free place overnight. You can use the sauce at this point or keep in a dark place for up to a year.
Nutrition is per Tablespoon.


Calories: 41kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 19mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 29IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
Jezebel Sauce with Bourbon

2 Replies to “Jezebel Sauce with Bourbon”

  1. Absolutely delicious! We have also been enjoying on deli sandwiches and I am planning a grilled ham dinner with Jezebel sauce as the glaze!

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