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Best Uses For Paula’s Pepper Jelly

For those who are unfamiliar with pepper jelly or just haven’t used it before, prepare for a whole new world of culinary opportunity. Pepper jelly offers a sweet-yet-spicy taste that you can’t find anywhere else! There are endless possibilities when it comes to flavor combinations. At Paula’s Pepper Jelly, we have 14 different flavors that tastefully blend pepper and hand-picked fruit. Each flavor profile compliments different culinary styles and tastes. In today’s blog, we talk about some of the best ways that you can use our pepper jellies. 


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One of our favorite uses for our different pepper jellies is for basting, marinating, and glazing meats! Next time you fire up the grill, try using our Paula’s Bacon and Shallot Pepper Jelly on anything you want to put on the grill like: 


  • Steaks
  • Pork Chops
  • Hamburger
  • Chicken
  • Bratwurst
  • Meatloaf
  • Fish
  • And more! 


Our bacon pepper jelly is definitely a popular option for those looking for a great grill marinade sauce. But it’s also worth noting that nearly all of our pepper jelly products make for a great marinade sauce! We recommend experimenting with different pepper jellies to find out which pepper jelly works best for your various dishes. Shop all 14 flavors here.

Glaze Veggies

Not a big meat eater? Or are you looking for a great way to zest up your veggies? Try creating a glaze out of pepper jelly! Instantly take your veggies from bland, boring, and tasteless to interesting, spicy, and flavorful. Try our most popular pepper jelly, Paula’s Garlic Pepper Jelly next time you’re cooking up some vegetables. Even the pickiest of eaters (yes, we’re talking about your children) love the taste of our vegetables when they are tossed and prepared in a homemade marinade using our pepper jelly. 

Cheese and Crackers

Looking for sophisticated appetizers that will make a splash? Cheese and crackers by themselves may not be the most exciting app out there, but it’s a game-changer when you pair them with our pepper jelly. A good, medium-heat, sweet organic jelly makes for an excellent pairing with cream cheese, brie, and crackers. Our team at Paula’s Pepper Jelly recommends trying Paula’s Red Raspberry Pepper Jelly with cheese and crackers. It’s made with hand-picked raspberries from the Pacific Northwest and has a medium heat that has a kick that doesn’t overpower the flavor. 

Ice Cream

Believe it or not, sweets like ice cream pair very well with the best pepper jelly. For desserts and sweets, something with very mild spice and a great, fruity taste often does the trick. Our sweeter organic jelly at Paula’s Pepper Jelly goes well with vanilla ice cream because it is similar to a fruit-flavored syrup that you traditionally pour on top. Paula’s Strawberry Pepper Jelly is an example of one of the many pepper jellies that would pair perfectly with ice cream and other sweets like:


  • Pies (apple, cherry, blueberry, etc.)
  • Cinnamon Rolls
  • Cakes
  • And more!  


If you are feeling a little wild, you could even do a fruit-flavored pepper jelly like Paula’s Strawberry Pepper Jelly with a slice of a fruit pie like blueberry and vanilla ice cream with a splash more pepper jelly on top of your pie. With deserts, there is really no wrong way to do it! 

Dipping Sauce

Pepper jelly dip is one of the unique joys in life that is all too often forgotten. If you are serving dippable meats, seafood, or spring rolls, then Paula’s Habanero Pepper Jelly is one of many great ways to go. Though you should be warned, the habanero pepper jelly is not for the faint of heart. Even though it is one of our best pepper jelly options, it is also one of our spiciest. When your guests are craving a flavorful dipping sauce with a bite for apps like spring rolls, coconut shrimp, and small meats, there’s no better option than Paula’s Habanero Pepper Jelly.


If you’re looking for a pepper jelly dip that’s a bit more mild-mannered, Paula’s Wild Blue Huckleberry Pepper Jelly is a great alternative. It’s an award-winning, organic pepper jelly that offers a more controlled medium heat. 


Craving more great uses for Paula’s Pepper Jelly? Stay tuned for the next part of the Best Uses For Paula’s Pepper Jelly blog series! In the meantime, feel free to browse our selection of pepper jellies, fruit spreads, and more! 

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