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Alabama White BBQ Sauce

My boys use to spend their summers with their grandmother in the South. She would treat them to a meal at a restaurant that served Alabama white sauce over chicken and my family thought it was wonderful. I started making it at home and it always brings back memories of those summers in Tuscaloosa. This Alabama white sauce recipe should be applied only at the very end of your grilling or smoking because it will break down and separate if it is heated too long. —Sabrina Everett, Thomasville, Georgia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 5 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    3 cups


  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • In a small bowl, whisk all ingredients. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours. Brush sauce over meats during the last few minutes of grilling. Serve remaining sauce on the side for dipping.

Alabama White Sauce Tips

How should I use this Alabama white sauce?

Alabama white sauce is traditionally slathered on barbecue chicken. Try it with chicken wings or even on these Spiced Pulled Pork Sandwiches. You can also use it as a coleslaw dressing or a dip for vegetables.  

How do you thicken Alabama white sauce?

For a thicker sauce, increase the mayonnaise by 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach your desired consistency.  

What is Alabama-style barbecue?

White sauce isn't the only thing that sets Alabama's unique regional barbecue style apart. The state is also known for cooking meats like pork shoulder, ribs and chicken over hickory wood for a signature local flavor. Don't forget the coleslaw and dill pickles on the side!
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 124 calories, 13g fat (2g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 192mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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  • Tom
    Sep 11, 2020

    Way to simplistic try this on instead: Big Bob Gibson approved as very close to his.

  • dvierzen
    Aug 14, 2015

    This a great change from regular bbq sauce. My family really enjoys it!

  • rllewis7
    Jul 26, 2015

    I used this for pulled pork BBQ. It was very creamy and a good change from the red and mustard sauces that are common in my part of the country.

  • jetluvs2cook
    Jul 25, 2015

    In our area we are used to the traditional red bbq sauce, so thought I would give this kind a try for something different! Next time I probably won't use as much vinegar as called for in the recipe, just different than what we are used to! :)

  • annrms
    Jun 1, 2015

    I made this to have with cold, cooked turkey. I halved the recipe, and there is still lots left to enjoy. I did add a touch of horseradish as Bob Gibson's recipe dictated, but otherwise stuck to your recipe. Thanks, Sabrina!