Alabama White BBQ Sauce Recipe (White BBQ Sauce)

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This mayonnaise base sauce which originates from Northern Alabama is the perfect blend of tangy, spicy and savory. It’s incredible as a dipping sauce for BBQ chicken, French fries, or even as a salad dressing. But our favorite is using this sweet sauce for chicken wings as a substitute for ranch. It’s a BBQ staple for Alabama chicken.

Alabama White Sauce in a glass jar.


  • The southern favorite recipe is credited to Robert Gibson from Big Bob Gibson’s Bar-B-Q in Decatur, AL.
  • It was originally used to sauce pulled barbecue chicken.
  • It’s one of the most unique regional style BBQ sauces like Kansas City or the North Carolina Vinegar Sauce

This homemade white barbecue sauce is made from simple ingredients and is one we love for all things chicken and turkey. This next level recipe will get you excited about making chicken and quite literally being your new favorite chicken dipping sauce or salad dressing.

Alabama White Sauce and chicken together.


The main star of this recipe is good mayonnaise which starts it with that tangy flavor. It’s a versatile condiment for this sauce. From there we add more heat and savory notes. Portions are in recipe card. The flavor profile of this easy sauce is meant to be both sweet, tangy, and a little bit of heat.

  • For Tangy Flavor: Apple Cider Vinegar, Brown Mustard (you can sub with Dijon mustard or Yellow mustard depending on what flavor you want), Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • For Sweet: White Sugar (brown sugar adds a little richer flavor)
  • For Heat: Hot Prepared Horseradish, hot sauce (we used Valentinas), and Cayenne Pepper
  • For Savory: Worcestershire sauce, granulated garlic, kosher salt, and black pepper (If using garlic powder use half the portions)

Chef’s Note: We do not recommend using alternative mayo products like avocado mayonnaise as it will lose the underlying rich flavor that comes from a traditional mayo. Miracle Whip is fine however know that it contains sugar and so be sure to go light on sugar to avoid it being overly sweet.

Chicken with Alabama White Sauce drizzed over the top.


  1. To make the sauce combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl with a whisk.
  2. Make sure the ingredients are combined. The consistency will be slightly runny.
  3. From there you can fine-tune any flavor by adding more portions of the ingredients.
  4. This is easy to make in advance of any meal the next day.
Chicken dipped in Alabama White Sauce as a side dish.


Store the Alabama BBQ sauce in a mason jar or any jar with an airtight container with a lid. You can use a funnel to pour the sauce into the container. It will need to be refrigerated and will last up to one week if kept in the fridge.

We do not recommend freezing this sauce.

Alabama White Sauce for a chicken dip .

Recipe Inspirations For Sauce

Other Traditional BBQ Sauce Recipes

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Alabama White Barbecue Sauce Recipe

A mayo based dipping sauce perfect for grilled chicken and originating from northern Alabama. A tangy sauce with big flavor.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cup


  • 1 Mason Jar


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons cane sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon brown mustard
  • 1 tablespoon hot prepared horseradish
  • ½ teaspoon granulated garlic, Use ¼ teaspoon if using garlic powder.
  • ½ teaspoon hot sauce, We use Valentina
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse black pepper


  • Combine all ingredients in a medium or large bowl and stir with a whisk until combined.
  • Serve immediately or store in a mason jar for up to one week.


Storage: Store in a mason jar in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
Chef’s Note on Mayo: We do not recommend using alternative mayo products like avocado mayonnaise as it will lose the underlying rich flavor that comes from a traditional mayo. Miracle Whip is fine however know that it contains sugar and so be sure to go light on sugar to avoid it being overly sweet.


Calories: 1678kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 169g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 101g | Monounsaturated Fat: 38g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 2346mg | Potassium: 375mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 1000IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Course: bbq sauce
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 1678
Keyword: Alabama BBQ Sauce, Alabama White Barbecue Sauce
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I'm Mary, a wine/food/travel writer, Certified Sommelier, mom of twins, former vegetarian turned BBQ fanatic, runner, founder of Vindulge, and author of Fire + Wine cookbook. Thanks for stopping by!

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