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Alabama White Sauce – Easy White BBQ Sauce

Alabama White Sauce is a zesty, tangy, creamy and ALL AROUND BETTER version of regular barbecue sauce that will have you LICKING YOUR FINGERS clean.

Try this white bbq sauce on smoked chicken, ribs, pork chops, and even as a dip for french fries!

chicken wing dipping in a jar of white sauce

Being a tomato lover, this recipe was a hard for me to even consider trying much less sharing with you guys. Not only a tomato lover but mustard based sauces are my JAM!

What is Alabama white sauce?

This white bbq sauce from Alabama is a tangy, creamy, mayonnaise based sauce that is perfect for chicken and pork. Really it’s good for just about anything!

Not just an afterthought for slathering on after the meat is cooked, this white sauce is perfect for marinating you meat beforehand, basting it while you are cooking it, and for coating and dipping your meat afterwards.

This delicious barbecue sauce has so many uses and is the hands down favorite of bbq lovers from Alabama.

overhead picture of white sauce in a jar

If you’d rather skip my (very helpful, I think) tips and tricks, essential cooking info, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to this delicious easy white sauce recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.

What is white bbq sauce made of?

Breaking with the tradition of making barbecue sauce from tomatoes, Alabama white sauce starts with a mayo base. I like mine extra tangy so I like to use plain Greek yogurt instead. The other ingredients are as follows.

  • mayonnaise/Greek yogurt/Miracle Whip
  • vinegar (distilled or apple cider)
  • mustard (yellow or spicy brown)
  • horseradish
  • lemon juice
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • other spices

Some recipes like to add a little sugar to balance out the tang but I don’t. If you like that little added sweetness feel free to add in some honey, brown sugar, or white sugar. Just be sure to start small.

The spices are the typical ones for bbq like garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. Cayenne is another one that is added but I prefer a few dashes of hot sauce.

The mustard used can be varied as well. Spicy brown is a great one to use. If you are looking for a slightly different profile, try adding Dijon or honey mustard.

If you like it hot, you can add extra hot prepared or grated horseradish but I like to use a prepared horseradish sauce. You can find it near the deli section.

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spoon dripping white bbq sauce into jar

What does Alabama white sauce taste like?

This white barbecue sauce hits all the right spots on your taste buds. Tangy, zesty, slightly spicy, and a hint of sweetness describes this sauce. Even though it’s not as thick as regular sauce, the mayo brings just the right amount of creaminess to make it perfect for just about any food!

Where did white BBQ sauce originate from?

This bbq sauce can be used for marinating your chicken before you cook it, basting the meat while it’s cooking on the grill, and then slathered on before serving.

Don’t forget to makes extra for dipping!

jar of sauce and chicken wings on a baking sheet

Take Two Tapas Tips for making Alabama white sauce

  • If you can’t find creamy horseradish sauce, try prepared horseradish sauce.
  • If you don’t want to use regular mayo, try Miracle Whip or plain Greek yogurt.
  • Is the sauce too thick when you make it? Thin it out with a little extra vinegar or water.
  • Need a little sweetness to balance it out? Try a teaspoon or two of honey.

If I use this as a marinade or for basting do I need any other seasonings or dry rubs?

This sauce contains everything you need in my opinion. Maybe that’s why it’s considered an all-purpose sauce in Alabama. But if you prefer extra seasoning check out my BBQ spice rub and Steak seasoning.

If you prefer a more traditional bbq sauce that’s fine. I personally love a mustard based sauce from South Carolina. Mostly because it is tangy and not overly sweet like other tomato based sauces.

This is the exact reason why this white bbq sauce is my new favorite. If you like tangy vinegar based dressings, then this bbq sauce is for you! They tend to be thinner in consistency just like this one. Use it as a dipping sauce too!

Other ways to use white BBQ sauce

  • marinade for chicken
  • cole slaw dressing
  • drizzled on pulled pork
  • french fry dip
  • salad dressing
  • pizza sauce

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jar of white sauce drumette coming out of it with text "Alabama White Sauce"

Need more foods to dunk in this sauce? Try it on these air fryer Brussels sprouts, these crispy fried beer pickles, and these spicy hot chicken meatballs.

How to make Alabama white BBQ sauce

baking sheet with chicken wings and a jar of white sauce with a spoon in it

Alabama White BBQ Sauce

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This zesty, tangy, and creamy version of regular barbecue sauce that will have you licking your fingers clean. Try this white bbq sauce with smoked chicken, ribs, pork chops, or even as a dip for french fries or vegetables!


  • 1 cup mayonnaise/Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup vinegar (white or apple cider)
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard (Dijon/spicy brown optional)
  • 2 teaspoons creamy prepared horseradish
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 dashes hot sauce (optional)


  1. Mix all ingredients together and store in an air tight container in the fridge until ready to serve.


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 103Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 175mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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