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White BBQ Sauce: the classic recipe for Alabama White Sauce

Total time: 5 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 6 people
By Cookist

There are many different types of barbecue sauce, with many regions giving rise to location versions like South Carolina's mustard sauce, Kansas City barbecue sauce, and Texas-style barbecue sauce. If you're serious about grilling and love a good backyard BBQ, Alabama white barbecue sauce needs to be on your radar. While less widely known compared to classic barbecue sauce, white BBQ sauce is a mouthwatering tangy, creamy sauce that is widely popular throughout its home state of Alabama.

It's usually generously brushed over grilled or smoked chicken, but many folks use it on any and every type of grilled meat or as a dipping sauce. Alabama white barbecue sauce takes less than 5 minutes to make, so it's perfect if you want quickly throw together a sensationally flavorful sauce to brush over your grilled meats.

What is Alabama White BBQ Sauce?

White BBQ sauce is a fantastic mayonnaise-based sauce originally made by Bob Gibson of Big Bob Gibson BBQ in Decatur, Alabama. It's famous in Alabama, especially in the northern part of the state, and has recently started to pick up new fans as people from different parts of the country discover it.

What is White BBQ Sauce Made of?

Alabama white barbecue sauce is made from a variety of great-tasting ingredients which are absolutely amazing when combined to make this tasty sauce. Its creaminess comes from mayonnaise, while it gets its characteristic tangy taste from vinegar. A little spicy mustard and horseradish give it a kick, while garlic powder and paprika season it to perfection.

Tips for Making the Best Alabama White Barbecue Sauce

Thanks to the fact it's mayo-based, Alabama white barbecue sauce is a great option for people on a low-carb diet. You can substitute the mayo for Greek yogurt for an extra creamy sauce with more protein and fewer calories.

No horseradish? No problem! Add a dash of cayenne pepper as a substitute.

For an even tangier version, add a little pickle juice to the sauce.

What to Serve with White BBQ Sauce

Chicken is the traditional choice for grilling and slathering in Alabama white sauce, however, its tangy flavor and creamy texture work with just about anything. Brush white BBQ sauce over ribs, pork, drizzle a generous amount over a pulled pork for a sandwich, use it as a salad dressing, or a dip for French fries, wings, or veggies.

How to Store Alabama White Barbecue Sauce

Keep your white BBQ sauce in a jar with a tight lid and store it in the fridge for up to 1 week.

1 cup
White vinegar
1/4 cup
spicy brown mustard
1 tbsp
creamy horseradish
2 tsp
kosher salt and pepper to taste
Garlic powder
1/4 tsp
1/4 tsp

How to Make White BBQ Sauce

Pour the mayonnaise and vinegar into a large bowl.

Add the mustard.

Stir in the horseradish.

Add the salt.

Season with pepper.

Add the garlic powder.

Stir in the paprika.

Whisk until smooth and well-combined.

Pour the sauce into a jar and use immediately, or refrigerate until ready to use.


Use a clean, sterilized jar to store your Alabama white BBQ sauce.

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