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Unless you live in Alabama or are a fan of food shows, there’s a good chance you may not be familiar with Alabama White Sauce. In fact, the thought of a creamy sauce for barbecued meats may seem strange.

The old saying goes, “don’t knock it until you try it” which definitely comes into play here. If you’re willing to try something new, you’ll love this recipe.

Alabama White Sauce in jar served with chicken thighs
Alabama White Sauce may look like ranch dressing, but this is white gold.

How did Alabama White Sauce come to be?

Big Bob Gibson is one of the biggest names in barbecue history. During the 1920s, he created his controversial sauce that would go on to make barbecue history. The sauce is mayonnaise-based, but that’s not the predominant flavor.

Thinned down with lemon juice and apple cider vinegar, Alabama White Sauce is a tangy sauce that pairs beautifully with smoked meats.

While it still hasn’t taken the world by storm, those in the know will tell you how amazing this sauce is.

What do you serve with Alabama White Sauce?

Alabama White Sauce served with chicken.
Alabama White Sauce pairs beautifully with smoked chicken.

Alabama White Sauce is made to go on smoked chicken and pork. The tanginess of the sauce is the perfect contrast to the smoky meat.

I highly recommend you try this sauce on the Smoked Chicken Thighs recipe you can also find on the site.

What are the ingredients to make Alabama White Sauce?

This recipe uses simple ingredients that you can easily find in any grocery store. You may even have everything you need on hand.

White BBQ Sauce ingredients.
These ingredients are simple, but make such a delicious white BBQ sauce.
  • Mayonnaise 
  • Apple cider vinegar 
  • Lemon juice 
  • Dijon mustard 
  • Worcestershire sauce 
  • Horseradish sauce 
  • Salt 
  • Black pepper 
  • Cayenne pepper 

How do you make Alabama White Sauce?

As with most barbecue sauces, this recipe is so simple to make.

Ingredients in bowl.
Place all the ingredients in a bowl.

All you need to do is whisk all the ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to two weeks. If you want the best flavor, make the sauce 24 hours in advance to give the flavors time to develop.

Whisking the ingredients together of the Alabama White Sauce.
Whisk together and you’re done!
Alabama White Sauce served with chicken thighs
Alabama White Sauce tastes great on chicken!

Recipes that pair well with white BBQ sauce:

alabama white sauce served with chicken thighs

Alabama White Sauce

Thinned down with lemon juice and apple cider vinegar, Alabama White Sauce is a tangy sauce that pairs beautifully with smoked meats.
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Course: BBQ, Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Alabama White Sauce, White BBQ Sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 131kcal
Author: Mark Rogers


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp horseradish sauce
  • 1/2 tsp teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tsp teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Whisk together all the ingredients in a bowl until combined and smooth. 2. Use immediately or store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.


The best flavors develop after you store for 24 hours.


Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 250mg | Potassium: 26mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 49IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg

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