Great on chicken or pork, this tangy-peppery mayonnaise based white BBQ sauce is popular in Alabama with BBQ enthusiasts. Easy, Low carb and keto!
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In the summer months home cooks everywhere pull out all the stops to dazzle friends and family with their mad bbq skills. It’s grill season, baby, and having a great dry rub for chicken and a killer BBQ sauce can bring that fire kissed goodness to the next level.
Speaking of BBQ sauces, most people are familiar with the sweet tomato based sauce popular in their region. My husband grew up with a thin or vinegar based Carolina BBQ Sauce. I grew up with a little thicker and sweeter ketchup based Texas BBQ sauce variety which included ground chiles and carried a subtle smoldering heat.
But there is another sauce in town: WHITE BBQ SAUCE, often referred to as Alabama white sauce. This mayonnaise based BBQ sauce is popular in Alabama. The first time I saw it, I thought was ranch dressing. Ranch dressing is great on grilled or smoked chicken, but trust me, the two are not the same.
What is Alabama White BBQ Sauce?
Alabama white sauce, sometimes called “Alabama white”, is a mayonnaise based sauce with a peppery tang, used on chicken, pork, seafood and turkey. I like it on chicken, best. Big Bob Gibson’s BBQ (Decatur, Alabama) is credited with developing the recipe, where it’s slathered on chicken just before plating.
What is in Alabama White BBQ Sauce?
Recipes for Alabama white sauce vary slightly in ingredients but they’re all mayonnaise based. Other common ingredients are vinegar or lemon juice, horseradish, creole mustard, and custom seasonings and spices. It’s utterly delicious!
Authentic Alabama White Sauce Recipe
The recipe I am sharing with you is not an authentic recipe for Alabama white BBQ sauce. I tried several recipes and then doctored one up based on my own personal tastes. Mine is thicker and has more ingredients.
A reader recently shared a more traditional recipe for white sauce for those of you who want the real thing. This is from a reader, Vicki, who is from north Alabama. She says it is great on hushpuppies.
- 1 1/2 cups Mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tbsp coarse black pepper
- 2 tsp of salt
The Perfect Keto BBQ Sauce!
Being mayonnaise based, this Alabama white bbq sauce recipe is great for low carb keto diets. Low carb and keto diets rely on high fat foods as an energy source while minimizing sugars and carbs.
Try it on smoked chicken leg quarters or beer can chicken. You won’t be sorry.
Alabama White BBQ Sauce
- 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
- 2 Tbsp white vinegar
- 2 Tbsp chipotle mustard (or Creole mustard)
- 1 tsp prepared horseradish
- 1 tsp dill pickle juice
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper (or more to taste)
- 1/8 tsp granulated garlic (or more to taste)
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (or more to taste)
- thin with water to desired consistency
- Mix all ingredients together and thin to desired consistency with water. Adjust seasoning to personal taste.
- Makes about 3/4 cup of white BBQ sauce. Serving size is 2 tbsp.