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August 23, 2022 4 min read

A while back, we posted a blog about some of our favorite pepper jelly-glazed chicken recipes. Much to our surprise, a lot of fans of Grandma Jones’ Pepper Jelly ended up sharing it on social media, and we received a number of kind emails telling us how much they enjoyed our meal ideas.

Since you all seemed to enjoy that post so much, we decided to share a few more pepper jelly glaze recipes with you. This time, though, we’re not limiting ourselves to baked chicken wings with pepper jelly glaze. In fact, we decided to think outside the box a little bit.

Below, you’ll find recipes for three very different and very unique pepper jelly-glazed dishes, including a coffee-infused pepper jelly glaze for ham, bacon-wrapped pepper jelly-glazed shrimp, and even pepper jelly-glazed carrots that make for an excellent, healthy side dish.

Feeling adventurous? Order your favorite flavor Grandma Jones’ Pepper Jelly now and give these one-of-a-kind recipes a try!

How to Make Pepper Jelly Glaze

If you’ve never tried glazing anything before, don’t be intimidated. In truth, making a pepper jelly glaze is incredibly easy, and usually requires mixing mostly liquid ingredients together in a bowl, then using that mixture to coat the dish you’re cooking.

In most cases, the most important thing to remember is to make enough glaze to coat the dish multiple times as it cooks. When your food is done, you might want to brush it one last time just for an extra boost of flavor and moisture.

Spice Up Your Sides with Pepper Jelly Glazed Carrots

Pepper jelly isn’t just great for entrees, it’s also a flavorful way of spicing up humdrum side dishes. In the Jones household, one of our favorite sides is pepper jelly glazed carrots; it’s a great way to get your kids to eat their veggies. If you really want to turn up the heat, try making a hot pepper jelly glaze using our super-spicy Habanero Pepper Jelly!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 package of baby carrots (about 2 lbs.)
  • 10 and ½ oz. of canned condensed chicken broth, undiluted
  • 2 tablespoons of butter or margarine
  • 1 jar of Grandma Jones’ Pepper Jelly (any variety)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a skillet over medium-high heat, mix the carrots and the chicken broth together and bring it to a boil.
  2. Cook the carrots and broth for about 5-10 minutes, stirring regularly, until carrots are tender but crisp and the broth has been reduced to about ¼ of a cup.
  3. Mix in butter and pepper jelly, stirring for about 5 minutes until the carrots are fully glazed.

Don’t Sleep On This Coffee and Pepper Jelly Glaze for Ham

A plate of cooked, sliced ham prepared with a coffee and pepper jelly glaze

Nothing wakes you up better than a cup of hot, fresh coffee, so there’s no reason to sleep on this pepper jelly glaze recipe. The slight bitterness of coffee offers an outstanding contrast to the subtle sweetness of our Traditional Pepper Jelly or even the fruity heat of our Cranberry Habanero Pepper Jelly!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 bone-in fully cooked smoked ham (about 9-10 lbs.)
  • 2 tablespoons of whole cloves
  • 1 and ¼  cups of Traditional or Cranberry Habanero Pepper Jelly
  • ½  cup of strong brewed coffee
  • ½  teaspoon of salt

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Mix the glaze ingredients (pepper jelly, coffee, and salt) together in a medium bowl until fully incorporated.
  3. Carefully trim any remaining skin off the ham, then score through the fat in a diagonal crosshatch pattern using a small paring knife. Spoon the cloves into the points where the cuts intersect.
  4. Place the ham flat-side down on a roasting pan, then add about ¼ an inch of water. Cook the ham in the oven for about 2 and a half hours, or about 15 minutes per pound.
  5. Take the ham out of the oven and cover it with about half of the pepper jelly glaze. Increase the oven temperature to 425 degrees, then continue cooking the ham. If the water in the pan has evaporated, replace it.
  6. Every 10 minutes, open the oven and brush the ham with the remaining glaze until it is glossy and browned. After 45 minutes, you should be done.

Try These Bacon-Wrapped Pepper Jelly Glazed Shrimp

Shrimp is good. Bacon is better. Pepper jelly is the best! The combination of semi-sweet shrimp, salty crisp bacon, and our tropical Caribbean Mango Pepper Jelly is like a beach party in your mouth. One taste and you’ll be on a “seafood diet,” in that every time you seethis food, you’ll want to eat it.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 bag of large shrimp (about 1 lb.)
  • 1 package of non-thick-cut bacon (about ½ lb.)
  • ⅓ cup of Caribbean Mango Pepper jelly
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil 
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of black pepper
  • ⅛  teaspoon of cayenne pepper

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Before you begin cooking, peel and devein the shrimp. Tails can be removed or left on based on your preference.
  2. Cut each piece of bacon in half lengthwise, then use these to wrap the shrimp, holding the bacon in place using toothpicks.
  3. Mix the glaze ingredients (pepper jelly, olive oil, salt, pepper, and cayenne) together in a medium bowl until fully incorporated.
  4. Heat a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Cook the shrimp in the pan for about 2 minutes.
  5. Flip your shrimp and brush with the pepper jelly glaze. Cook for another 2 minutes, then remove the toothpicks. Enjoy!

No Pantry is Complete Without a Jar of Pepper Jelly

Remember: beautiful, mouth-watering glazes aren’t the only things that Pepper Jelly is good for. There’s no end to the culinary uses for this uniquely sweet and spicy condiment. Spread it on a sandwich, dip chips in it, enjoy pepper jelly with a slice of cheese when wine pairing, or mix it into soup or sauces. Don’t be afraid to get creative!

There are so many delicious ways of using pepper jelly, that no spice-craving foodie should ever be without it. Browse our full selection today and find the flavor that’s right for you!