alabama white bbq sauce

Alabama White BBQ Sauce

Alabama white BBQ sauce is not your typical BBQ sauce. The flavor and color make it a special topping for chicken. It can also be enjoyed as a salad dressing or on top of other meats like my Sous Vide Pork Chops. This mayo and vinegar based BBQ sauce requires no cooking, it only takes a few minutes to make and is ready after an hour in the refrigerator. Homemade Alabama White Sauce is easy to make and is always a crowd pleaser

Alabama white BBQ Sauce drizzled over sous vide chicken thighs season with Meat Church Honey Hog Hot rub. (Paid Link)

A Little History of Alabama White Sauce

The origins of Alabama can be traced back to one man, Big Bob Gibson. Big Bob created this sauce way back in the 1920’s to keep his chickens moist after spending three house on the smoker. After the chickens are cooked they are dunked into a vat of the white sauce. You can read more about the history of Alabama white sauce here. Bib Bob Gibson’s has been serving white BBQ sauce for close to 100 years, that is truly a testament to how great this style of sauce is.

Smoked Drum Sticks Rubbed with Meat Church Honey Hog (paid link) and Covered in Alabama White Sauce

Why it works.

Homemade Alabama white sauce works. While having no tomatoes in the sauce there are three ingredients it has in common with many traditional BBQ sauces: vinegar, pepper and mustard. Those ingredients combined with the horseradish give this white sauce the tang of more traditional BBQ sauces with a nice kick of flavor.

This white BBQ sauce is very versatile. For example pour it over a roasted or smoked chicken. Top a pulled pork or chicken sandwich with it. I have seen friends use it as a salad dressing. It also makes a great dip for chicken wings and dry rubbed ribs. It goes great with pork chops too.

Alabama White BBQ Sauce

5 from 5 votes
Recipe by Brad Course: Sauces and RubsDifficulty: Easy


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  • 1 Cup Mayonnaise

  • 1/4 Cup White Vinegar

  • 1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar

  • 2 TSP Prepared Horseradish

  • 1 Clove Garlic, pressed or finely chopped

  • 1 TBS Dijon Mustard

  • 1/4 TSP Salt

  • 1/4 TSP Paprika

  • 3/4 TSP Ground Black Pepper


  • Combine ingredients in mixing bowl.
  • Whisk to combine.
  • Transfer to jar, sauce bottle or your desired storage container and refrigerate for one hour.

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