Alabama White Sauce - Easy White BBQ Sauce! (2024)

Made with just a few ingredients, this Alabama White Sauce is rich, creamy, tangy, and absolutely mouth-watering. White BBQ sauce is perfect for your grilled and smoked meats as well as dipping everything from chicken fingers to fries.

Next time you have a cookout, put some of this white BBQ sauce and our regular homemade BBQ sauce out and let your guests enjoy both!

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Easy White BBQ Sauce Recipe

Everyone should have a classic BBQ sauce on hand – but sometimes you just gotta switch it up. My family is absolutely addicted to this Alabama white BBQ sauce. It’s creamy, it’s tangy, and it’s oh so good! We use it on everything from chicken tenders to veggies. Our kids even dip their fries in it.

If you’ve never tried Alabama white sauce, you are in for a treat. Be prepared to make this white BBQ sauce recipe all summer long.

What is Alabama White Sauce?

Alabama White Sauce is a white BBQ sauce that originated in Decatur, Alabama at Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q. It’s a sweet and tangy sauce that begins with a base of mayonnaise and apple cider vinegar, with a handful of other ingredients like mustard, horseradish, brown sugar, and lemon juice added for a more robust flavor.

Is Alabama white sauce spicy? Not really. It certainly has some bite thanks to the horseradish but I wouldn’t say that it’s spicy hot. You can definitely make it that way by adding in more cayenne pepper but I prefer to keep the heat level family-friendly when I make this.

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Ingredients Needed

What’s in Alabama white sauce? The ingredient list is most likely items you have in the cupboard.
(Scroll below to the printable recipe card for details and measurements.)

  • Mayonnaise – Creates the creamy base.
  • Apple cider vinegar – Adds a little tang and helps to thin out the sauce.
  • Spicy brown mustard – Adds a bit of spice. Use regular brown mustard if that’s what you have on hand.
  • Brown sugar – Balances out the other ingredients with just a bit of sweetness.
  • Horseradish – Adds a bite to the flavor. Use hot horseradish for even more spice.
  • Lemon juice – For a bright citrus note.
  • Worcestershire sauce – Adds depth of flavor, and balances out the sweet, savory, and tangy taste.
  • Seasonings – Garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper round out the flavor profile.

Recipe Variations

Adjust the heat and flavor with these easy variations.

  • Turn up the spice. If you like an extra kick to your white BBQ sauce, try using hot horseradish and a bit more cayenne pepper. You can also add a splash of your favorite hot sauce as well.
  • Turn down the heat. On the other hand, if you prefer a more mild sauce, swap the spicy brown mustard for regular brown mustard and skip the cayenne pepper.
  • Lighten it up. If you want a lower calorie white BBQ sauce, swap half of the mayo for plain yogurt. I don’t recommend swapping it out completely due to texture and flavor but 50/50 is a great ratio to keep the flavor while lightening the sauce a bit.
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How to Make Alabama White Sauce

This Alabama white BBQ sauce comes together in literal seconds!
(Scroll below to the printable recipe card for details and measurements.)

  • Combine the ingredients. Whisk all ingredients together until smooth.
  • Chill. Refrigerate in an airtight jar for a few hours to give the flavors time to develop. You can serve it immediately but it’s so much better when it’s chilled for several hours or even a day in advance.
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Serving Suggestions

Alabama white sauce is most often served up with grilled steak, grilled chicken, and smoked meats. But there are so many other ways to use it too. You can use it as a dip for chicken tenders, onion rings, and French fries, or completely smother the meats in it, as you would a regular BBQ sauce.

Proper Storage

How long does Alabama White Sauce last? The good news is that this Alabama white sauce will last for up to 2 weeks in the fridge. Although the likelihood of it actually lasting that long is unlikely because you’ll want to put it on everything. I’d consider making a double batch! To store, just keep it in a sealable, airtight container or jar in the fridge. Stir before using.

More Sauce Recipes:

  • Yum Yum Sauce
  • Homemade Sweet Chili Sauce
  • Chick-fil-A Sauce
  • Remoulade Sauce
  • Tzatziki Sauce

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Alabama White Sauce

Made with just a few ingredients, this Alabama White Sauce is rich, creamy, tangy, and absolutely mouth-watering. White BBQ sauce is perfect for your grilled and smoked meats as well as dipping everything from chicken fingers to fries!

Print Recipe Rate Recipe Pin Recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes minutes

Total Time 5 minutes minutes

Servings: 24 servings


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Whisk all of the ingredients together in a small bowl until smooth.

  • Taste and adjust, if desired.

  • Use right away, or store in the fridge for later. We prefer this to chill for at least several hours (ideally a day) before eating to let the flavors develop and meld.


Calories: 67kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 11mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 16IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information given is an automatic calculation and can vary based on the exact products you use and any changes you make to the recipe. If these numbers are very important to you, I would recommend calculating them yourself.

Other Notes

Course: Condiment

Cuisine: American

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