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.
Juicy Smoked Chicken Leg Quarters
Can you put this on your chicken or pork and cook it in oven or is it only used after cooking
Use it after cooking, Joe. Some people dunk the whole piece of chicken in the sauce and serve it. It is a runny sauce, but I thickened it up just a little so it looked more appealing in the photos. Enjoy. -Kim
Thanks I LOVE white BBQ sauce I can’t wait to try this recipe
This looks amazing!!! I wanted to know your opinion of using pickle brine that’s spicy? Do you think that’ll change the flavor profile too much? I only have spicy dills in the fridge.
Hi Miranda. I see you are from Bubbies. I love Bubbies products! I think the pickle brine (or even sauerkraut brine) would be great. My recipe is not authentic and I think spicy pickle brine would give it a fantastic modern twist. I don’t often choose to work with brands (I’m choosy), but I would love to partner with Bubbies some time. Have a nice day. -Kim
Love me some white barbq sauce….it is a table sauce, not plated and it is runny.
My recipe is NOT the Bob Gibson recipe, it is more like Whitt’s in Decatur Alabama [which is scores better than Big Bob!!!] I have had the recipe for almost 50 years, and it was from the gentleman’s mama’s mama.
It has sugar in it,
Mayo, vinegar, salt, pepper, sugar, cayenne and lemon juice. NO garlic, no horseradish or mustard
it is good on chicken, turkey sandwiches, grilled corn [I know – Keto] and pulled pork barbq from the same area, along with the requisite vinegar/pepper combo.
Big Bob likely didn’t put horseradish in his until about the time he went on TV…and it went downhill from there!!! Heck, in the 60’s and 70’s you probably couldn’t even GET horseradish in that part of Alabama!!!!
to Leslie – I”m from Trinity, AL – but in Tx – anytime anyone is headed this way I need some Whitt’s pork – these Texan’s do not know barbq
From the pics, your white sauce is way, way too thick. It’s not supposed to sit there atop the meat like gravy. It’s supposed to be the consistency of milk or, at most, heavy cream. This is because the white sauce needs to be able to run down into the meat and help make it juicier. I live 25 miles from Big Bob Gibson’s and his family members had barbecue places all over my town. I eat it on pork barbecue, too. It’s great. But you gotta thin that down or it won’t do what it’s supposed to do.
Hi Leslie. Thank you for your feedback. Aren’t you lucky to be so close to the real deal?! Yes, the sauce is a little thicker than how I served it, although I liked it a little thicker than it’s traditionally served. I tried taking pictures with a runnier sauce and it coated the chicken so fast, that it was hard to get good photos – I’m just a mom and not a professional photographer! Lol. Also, as mentioned in the post the recipe is how I liked it – with my own twists. Please tell me if the “traditional recipe” that was shared with me from Huntsville resembles what you are familiar with? Thank you again! -Kim
Looks yummy, can’t wait to try!
Thank you, Kim! -Kim