Alabama White Sauce is a creamy, tangy, and rich BBQ sauce with just a kiss of heat. A classic Alabama BBQ sauce that is perfect on smoked chicken and more!
Alabama White BBQ Sauce Origins
Alabama white sauce was made famous by Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q in Decatur, Alabama. They have massive hickory-fed pits that house their famous smoked split chickens, slow smoked to a glorious golden brown at 350 degree F. These chickens are then dunked whole into massive vats of their homemade white BBQ sauce.
Smoked chicken may be the most famous vessel for transporting this tangy and smooth sauce into your mouth, but it’s just the beginning! Alabama white sauce is incredibly versatile and has become a BBQ staple sauce for good reason. It offers the ideal balance of flavors to enhance smoked or grilled meats and vegetables.
What is Alabama White Sauce?
The head pitmaster of Big Bob Gibson’s restaurant, Chris Lilly, first shared their restaurant original recipe which was measured in gallons and is a fairly simple mixture of mayonnaise, corn syrup, vinegar, and salt/pepper. My zesty version has the same sweet and tangy notes that make all BBQ sauces the perfect complement to smoked meats, but an Alabama white sauce is mayonnaise based, instead of tomato based, which gives it a great creamy flavor profile.
I first met Chris at a Guinness World Record event for the Largest Grilling Lesson in 2017 (you can read more about that event HERE), and I was so incredibly impressed with his knowledge of all things BBQ. I consider my recipe an homage to the restaurant-style original with a little Hey Grill Hey kick.
Alabama White Sauce Recipe Ideas
This mayo-based white barbecue sauce is made to dunk, drizzle, and slather it all over some smoked chicken for the most classic Alabama BBQ experience. You can also serve it as a side sauce for any kind of smoked meats, like ribs or smoked turkey. In my house, we also keep it on hand as a tangy vegetable dip or use it as a dressing for cole slaw!
Alabama White Sauce Recipe
Tangy and smooth Alabama White BBQ Sauce recipe.
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon brown mustard
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl until smooth and well combined.
Transfer to a lidded jar. Use immediately or let set in the refrigerator for 24 hours to let the flavors meld together. Will keep 2 weeks in the refrigerator.