Alabama White Sauce

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For a creamy and tangy take on barbecue sauce, make this fantastic Alabama White Sauce! So simple to whip up in minutes, you’ll love serving this special sauce with grilled meats, chicken wings, or even on hamburgers.

A spoon drizzling white bbq sauce in a bowl next to bbq chicken

Alabama White BBQ Sauce

This Alabama White Sauce is one of those special recipes that everyone will be asking you to make for the next barbecue or cookout. It has a creamy texture with a really nice zesty flavor. Try it on all sorts of different meats (it’s fantastic on grilled chicken!) or even use it as a marinade before grilling and a basting sauce during grilling.

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Hand dipping bbq chicken in white sauce

What Does White BBQ Sauce Taste Like?

White BBQ sauce tastes very different from the more traditional tomato-based sauces. It actually uses mayonnaise as its base, and while that might sound strange, let me tell you: it is SO GOOD. This easy sauce is tangy, slightly sweet, and has a hint of spice.

Why is it Called Alabama Sauce?

The name comes from the place where this sauce was invented. Alabama white sauce was created by Robert Gibson at Big Bob Gibson’s Bar-B-Q in Decatur, Alabama. He would make huge amounts of this BBQ sauce and then dip chicken it in before serving. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

ingredients to make Alabama White BBQ Sauce.

What You’ll Need

Here’s what you’ll need to make Alabama White BBQ Sauce (the exact measurements and full recipe instructions are below in the easy to print recipe card):

  • Mayonnaise – This is an important ingredient as it serves as the base of the sauce. Use regular full-fat mayonnaise and not salad dressing.
  • Apple cider vinegar – Most people use apple cider vinegar in their Alabama white sauce, but if you don’t enjoy that flavor, it will work to use white vinegar.
  • Dijon mustard
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Black pepper
  • Salt
whisking together ingredients to make Alabama White BBQ Sauce.

How to Make Alabama White Sauce

It is so easy to make this sauce it almost doesn’t count as a recipe. Are you ready?

There is one step: In a medium mixing bowl, whisk all ingredients together until smooth.

How’s that for maximum flavor for zero effort?!

Variation Ideas

Now that you know how to make the basic sauce, it’s time to start thinking about ways to mix things up. (Assuming you want to, the original recipe is so tasty I wouldn’t blame you for just sticking with that tried-and-true version!)

Here are some ideas:

  • Lemon – Add a squeeze of fresh lemon to the sauce for a nice kick of flavor.
  • Horseradish – For an extra bold sauce, try adding some prepared horseradish.
  • Cayenne – If you’re a fan of a spicier white bbq sauce, try mixing in some cayenne pepper.
  • Brown sugar – Some people like their sauce with a hint of sweetness, so you can add a little brown sugar to taste.
  • Buttermilk – Many folks add a couple of tablespoons of buttermilk to their sauce to thin it out a little.
Alabama White BBQ Sauce in a glass jar.

Ways to Use this Sauce

There are so many ways to use this tangy sauce. I love dipping chicken fingers or BBQ chicken in it. You can also spoon it over grilled steak, drizzle it on your burger, or even put it on baked salmon. I know some people who like to dip their pizza in it! I know that sounds unexpected but it’s not that much different than dipping pizza in ranch dressing (which is seriously addictive, you should try it.)

Here are some recipes on my site that would go well with white BBQ sauce:

How to Store

Keep the sauce in a jar or bottle with a lid in the refrigerator for up to one week. It’s so easy to make, you can always whip up a fresh bottle whenever it’s needed.

dipping chicken into white BBQ sauce.
Alabama White Sauce
5 from 141 votes

Alabama White Sauce

For a creamy and tangy take on barbecue sauce, make this fantastic Alabama White BBQ Sauce! So simple to whip up in minutes, you'll love serving this special sauce with grilled meats, chicken wings, or even on hamburgers. 
Servings: 12
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes



  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk all ingredients together until smooth. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

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Calories: 49kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 256mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg


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25 comments on “Alabama White Sauce”

  1. I wish the left over would last longer than one week . But I am going to try it. Maybe make a smaller batch.

  2. Jaime Johnson

    5 stars
    This sauce is absolutely AMAZING!!!! I use it for deep fried wild turkey nugget dipping sauce, and on salads, and on pan fried eggplant. The whole family loved it!!!

  3. Thanks for the recipe I use Alabama White Sauce On Pretty Much Anything from french fries to Smoked brisket,. Some times I’ll add A Chopped up jalapeno, to add some heat

  4. Sounds delish. I will give it a try using olive oil mayo and some chipotle. But can someone please explain to me why it is that mayonnaise, which can store in the fridge for months after opening, suddenly will only last a week after some vinegar and seasonings are added to it? If anything the vinegar should help it last longer.

  5. 5 stars
    Great basic recipe, just a little tart for me. I think it’s really the most traditional way to make this, I believe. I opted to add a little brown sugar to balance it out.  I could see adding cayenne pepper to add a little more heat too!  Thanks Jill!!

  6. 5 stars
    Followed the recipe exactly. A little tart for my taste so I added 1 teaspoon of sugar. Excellant with the pork. Similar-ish to remoulade and would be good to dip fried oysters. I’m from SC where our sauce is traditionally mustard based (which I don’t care for). I’ve always wanted to try a white sauce and this was very good!

  7. 5 stars
    I like the simplicity of this recipe. I’ll be cooking wings this week, this will go great on them.

  8. 5 stars
    The very beginning states to simply blend said ingredients. Correct the easiest, one of the best recipes ever. Yeah slather the fried wings in this….

  9. Cup = ? 200 ml? 250 ml? 277 ml? 350 ml? 400 ml? I’ve seen all these and more. Which “cup” measure are you using?

    Flavours look amazing. I look forward to trying this, once I work out the quantities.

    1. You could try sour cream or greek yogurt, but not sure how that would turn out. Let me know if you try it and what you think. Thanks!

    2. Hi Bob, Don’t worry about the mayo when you are dipping fried chicken wings. Kind of an oxymoron