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White Barbecue Sauce. An Alabama Favourite

White Barbecue Sauce. An Alabama favourite! More of a condiment than a BBQ sauce this tangy, creamy sauce compliments both smoked & grilled chicken & pork.

White Barbecue Sauce being poured over a plate of smoked chicken.

White Barbecue Sauce on smoked chicken

If you’ve visited as many barbecue joints in the southern U.S. as I have in my road trip travels over the years, you are bound to have come across a version of this white barbecue sauce.

I’m told it is very popular in Alabama and I have encountered it there many times before, but I’ve also seen it served as far north as Memphis, south along the Gulf Coast and as far east as Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

I have heard it used as a chicken marinade in a couple of instances. Although usually it is not used during the cooking process but is served more as a condiment.

This recipe is particularly good on smoked chicken and ribs. Smoked or dry rubbed chicken is where I mostly use it.

White Barbecue Sauce shown in a small pouring pitcher.

White Barbecue Sauce

The sharp, vinegar based flavour really does cut through the smoky richness of tender ribs too. It complements their flavour very well.

It is a very quick and simple sauce to throw together. But if you leave it in the fridge for a day or so the garlic and other flavours meld nicely.

It will last a week or more in the fridge if you have any leftover. However, I tend to make it in small batches anyway.

This recipe makes only about a cup or so, which is quite small compared to many of the recipes you can find online. Feel free to make a double or triple batch if you are serving a large crowd at your BBQ.

These smoked wings pictured below also use a generous sprinkle of my Smokin’ Summer Spice Dry Rub. Then, they’re slow smoked with hickory or mesquite wood chips for about 2 hours at 250 degrees F.

They go particularly well with this white barbecue sauce when served as a dip. It’s sure to be a big hit at any summer BBQ!

For details on how to slow smoke chicken and other meats, even if using a gas grill and not a smoker, check out the instructions included with this recipe for Smoked Pork Loin.

Smokin Summer Spice Dry rub on smoked pork loin with title text added for Pinterest

Now what to serve on the side?

We have plenty of side dish inspiration to explore. Everything from baked beans & corn bread to deliciously different potato and pasta salads. Be sure to check out our collection of 35 Best BBQ Side Dishes

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White Barbecue Sauce being poured over a plate of smoked chicken.
Yield: 4 About 1 cup

White Barbecue Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Alabama White Barbecue Sauce - more of a condiment than a BBQ sauce, to serve with smoked or grilled chicken and ribs. The flavour complements both these meats very well.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup plain mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp coarse black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 clove garlic, very finely minced
  • A few dashes of hot sauce or sriracha sauce to taste

Instructions

  1. Simple whisk all of the ingredients together until smooth.
  2. If you like the sauce a little thicker, just add another tablespoon or two of mayonnaise or thin it with a little more water if you find it's too thick for your taste. I've seen it from a very watery consistency to as thick as ranch dressing.
  3. Let sit in the fridge for several hours or overnight to let the flavours develop.
  4. Best made the day before.

Notes

This does make a relatively small batch of sauce to serve about 4 people or so. Double or triple the recipe as needed if serving larger groups.


The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1 grams

Amount Per Serving Calories 200Total Fat 21gSaturated Fat 3gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 11mgSodium 338mgCarbohydrates 2gSugar 2g
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Sunday 10th of May 2020

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Debbie D

Tuesday 30th of July 2019

Hi. BARRY LOOKING FORWARD TO TRYING THIS RECIPE TONIGHT. I DO NOT HAVE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR, COULD I SUBSTITUTE WHITE WINE VINEGAR?

Barry C. Parsons

Saturday 5th of October 2019

Sure.

Lamar and Ronni

Thursday 30th of May 2019

Sorry, this is not the ingredients for Alabama white sauce.

Allan

Friday 27th of July 2018

I made this to go with some Cajun chicken kebabs which made a great accompaniment. I used up some ready cooked new potatoes which I added to a frying pan served with chipotle salt and this sauce went with that too. I thought the amount was spot on as it was literally a 5 minute job to make, made it lunch time was th evening, I will be making this again..

Laura

Sunday 1st of April 2018

I grew up in Decatur eating at Big Bob's and this is pretty close to theirs. It would be hard to get closer without the real Gibson recipe!

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