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Easy Alabama White Sauce Recipe

The tangy goodness of mayonnaise combined with apple cider vinegar and spices enhances everything that Alabama White Sauce is put on from chicken to seafood to turkey and everything in between.

jar of Alabama White Sauce with spoon in it

The recipe creates a white bbq sauce very similar to Big Bob Gibson’s Original White Sauce which is known throughout the barbecuing community as the best white barbeque sauce. 

About White BBQ Sauce

It’s hard to pin down the first time that white bbq sauce was served, but it is known that ever since Bob Gibson opened his BBQ restaurant in 1925, it has been on the menu.

Today, many have heard of Big Bob Gibson’s Bar-B-Q, which is located in Northern Alabama, because of the awards that Pitmaster, Chef, and part-owner Chris Lilly has amassed for his delicious smoked chicken and barbecue.

If you are in Alabama or the southeast, you can easily pick up a bottle at your local grocery store. If not, then use this recipe to make your own homemade barbecue sauce. It’s a versatile condiment that is low carb and tangy.

This BBQ staple is made with simple ingredients – it has a mayonnaise base, black pepper, horseradish, spices, and the addition of vinegar, making it a tangy sauce perfect for chicken breasts, pork chops, pork tenderloin, pulled pork, and just about any piece of meat that you’d like. Some people even use it as a dipping sauce for things like chicken nuggets and French fries. It’s not like traditional barbecue sauce recipes that are tomato based.

bottle of Big Bob Gibson's Original White Sauce

We all probably have all of the ingredients already in our pantry and it comes together in no time.  The hardest part about making it is waiting a few hours for the flavors to meld before using it.

White sauce on chicken

How To Make Alabama White Sauce

To make Alabama’s favorite barbecue sauce, you need the following ingredients:

  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons horseradish

Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl, cover, and chill before serving. You can add additional apple cider vinegar for a thinner sauce with a bit more bite.

How easy is that?!

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Alabama White Sauce

Alabama White Barbecue Sauce is a must for grilling season.  The tangy goodness of mayonnaise combined with apple cider vinegar and spices enhances everything that it is put on.
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Keyword Alabama, Alabama White Sauce, BBQ, sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 24 servings
Calories 127kcal
Author Lynda

Ingredients

  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons horseradish

Instructions

  • Combine in a bowl, cover and chill before serving. You can add additional apple cider vinegar for a thinner sauce with a bit more bite.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 127kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 214mg

My family and I like to use it on top of grilled chicken, though one family member loves it so much that she has been known to put Alabama White Sauce on hard-boiled eggs.  It’s that good.

Great American Grilling cookbook

Great American Grilling: The Ultimate Backyard Barbecue & Tailgating Cookbook has 250 recipes for grilling, barbecuing, and tailgating.  Kent Whitaker, the author, won the Emeril Live/Food Network Barbecue Contest, so he knows his stuff.

Throughout the book, Kent includes tips and tidbits about grilling and barbecuing.  The book is divided into the following chapters:

  • Awesome Appetizers
  • Let’s Get Dipping
  • Grille Sandwiches
  • Foil Packet Magic
  • Pizza on the Grill
  • Dogs, Brats & Other Links

Though not mentioned in the chapter headings, there are also recipes for side dishes, desserts, sauces, rubs, and marinades, making the cookbook an invaluable resource when it comes to grilling.

Go ahead and make this Alabama White Barbecue Sauce.  You will see why so many people in Alabama and around the South love it.  Look for it at your favorite bookstore or at Amazon.com.

spoonful of Alabama White Sauce

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james leath

Tuesday 9th of February 2021

I am from the decatur huntsville area of alabama, this is the basic recipe for this sauce. Big bob would be proud! Thank you Lynda!

Claude

Monday 1st of February 2021

how long will it last in the fridge?

Claude

Thursday 4th of February 2021

@Lynda, Thank you for the reply

Lynda

Monday 1st of February 2021

I would guestimate that it should easily keep for at least 2 weeks.

Kim

Saturday 1st of August 2020

Is this just used as a finishing sauce or do you baste it on the meat as it cooks?

Lynda

Sunday 2nd of August 2020

Great question! It's used as a finishing sauce.

Sara Ekkens

Thursday 9th of July 2020

Can this be canned?

Margaret

Sunday 7th of March 2021

I cannot imagine it would not last longer, much longer in the fridge. There is nothing in it that is not already stable. And when you add vinegar, that also makes last longer.

Lynda

Friday 10th of July 2020

I don't know.