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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!

spoon with sauce and chicken

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!

I can’t resist a tangy sauce on any meat really.

What is Alabama White Sauce?

This white bbq sauce recipe is a tangy, creamy, mayonnaise based sauce that is perfect for chicken and pork. I love to dip my chicken wings in it. 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.

Originating from Big Bob Gibson Bar, in northern Alabama is credited with this delicious and controversial sauce. I do believe that Old Robert Gibson knew what he was doing when he made this!

What does Alabama White Sauce taste like?

White barbecue sauce hits all the right spots on your taste buds. Tangy, zesty, slightly spicy, and a hint of sweetness describes this sauce.

Not to mention it has so many uses and is the hands down favorite of bbq lovers from Alabama.

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! This is why the sauce is so controversial. The addition of the mayo keeps the smoked chicken from drying out.

Don’t forget to make extra for dipping!

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labeled picture of white bbq sauce ingredients

Ingredients Needed

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

Mayo – Duke’s is my favorite of all time but feel free to use plain Greek yogurt or even Miracle Whip if you prefer. I have even made this with sour cream.

Spices – The spices are the typical ones for bbq like garlic powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper. Cayenne pepper is another one that is added but I prefer a few dashes of hot sauce. Throw in some onion powder if you need more onion flavor.

Mustard – Spicy brown is a great one to use. If you are looking for a slightly different profile, try adding Dijon or honey mustard.

Horseradish – 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.

Pantry staples – distilled vinegar or apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and lemon juice.

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.

How to make Alabama White Sauce

First: In a large bowl, combine the mayonnaise, vinegar, horseradish , and mustard. Stir to combine.

Second: Add in the spices, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir to combine.

Third: Taste and add hot sauce if desired. Serve with your favorite meats!

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

hot sauce bottle over a bowl of white sauce

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 dry 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 for your Cajun fries too!

How long does it last?

If stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, it will last up to 5 days. I don’t recommend freezing it as the mayo will separate.

More ways to use Alabama White Sauce

jar of sauce and bbq chicken

Tapas Tips & Tricks

  • 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.
  • Make a double or triple batch and store it in a mason jar in the fridge.

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spoon and jar

This Alabama White BBQ Sauce will change the way you think about bbq sauce recipes whether you are from North Carolina or Texas. Your smoked or grilled chicken will sing with extra flavor!

spoon of sauce

Alabama White Barbeque Sauce

This zesty, tangy, and creamy version of regular barbecue sauce that will have you licking your fingers clean. Try this white bbq sauce recipe with smoked chicken, ribs, pork chops, or even as a dip for french fries or vegetables!
4.57 from 53 votes
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Course: Condiments
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 103kcal
Author: Jennifer Stewart


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup vinegar white or apple cider
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard Dijon/spicy brown optional
  • 2 teaspoons horseradish creamy, prepared
  • 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


  • Mix all ingredients together and store in an air tight container in the fridge until ready to serve.
  • Use with your favorite finger foods!


  • 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.
  • Make a double or triple batch and store it in a mason jar in the fridge.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 175mg | Sugar: 1g

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{Originally posted 4/10/20 – photos and recipe notes updated 3/11/2022 to improve reader experience}

spoon dripping white bbq sauce into jar
chicken wing dipping in a jar of white sauce

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Recipe Rating


Saturday 25th of June 2022

Can't wait to try it


Monday 2nd of May 2022

Can you can this in a water base canning mason jars


Tuesday 3rd of May 2022

I have never tried it but would be wary with mayo involved.


Sunday 9th of January 2022

Loved this sauce so much! Tried with pulled pork and chicken and it’s amazing! Will be keeping this recipe for sure.

William P.

Monday 22nd of November 2021

How can you write about AWS, and not mention Big Bob Gibson?


Monday 22nd of November 2021

Didn't mean to leave it out. Will add:)


Monday 10th of May 2021

How long can you keep this in the fridge? We made it a week ago and still have some.


Tuesday 11th of May 2021

It will be good for up to 2 weeks:)