Alabama White Sauce

Alabama White BBQ Sauce is a tangy, spicy mayo-based sauce. A creamy white sauce with vinegar and horseradish is perfect for grilling, ready in 5 minutes!

If you are looking for a change from sweet, tomato-based Homemade BBQ Sauce, this tangy and peppery Sauce Recipe is just what you need!

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This amazing and delicious barbecue sauce is our take on the Alabama-style sauce invented by Bob Gibson of Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Que. No need to travel all the way to Decatur, Alabama or wait for a bottle to arrive to try out (and fall in love with) this different style of BBQ sauce.

Just a glance at Alabama White Sauce and you know it’s like nothing you’ve had before. If you’ve never tried Alabama White BBQ Sauce, the big question is what does white barbecue sauce taste like? This White BBQ Sauce recipe is tangy, peppery, with bite from the horseradish. It is not a sweet sauce, like other barbecue sauces, but the mayo makes it so creamy and delicious.

What sets Alabama White BBQ Sauce apart is there are no tomatoes and you don’t have to cook it down. This no cook barbecue sauce is simple ingredients like mayonnaise, horseradish, and cider vinegar all whisked together. It’s made in minutes and then you allow it to chill for a few hours, similar to Coleslaw, for an amazing tangy, creamy sauce.

Alabama White BBQ Sauce should be creamy and thin, perfect for drizzling or basting meat. Whisk the ingredients together until there are no clumps and it is smooth. If your sauce is too thick, add more lemon juice or cider vinegar in small amounts until the consistency is right.

You can serve Alabama White BBQ Sauce as a condiment or a marinade, after it has chilled, with all your favorites summer recipes! Brush it on Grilled Chicken, drizzle over Pulled Pork, or serve as a dipping sauce for Beef Brisket. Use this barbecue sauce to toss BBQ Chicken Wings in before you broil them at the end.

Grilling with Alabama BBQ White Sauce

Alabama White Sauce is a thin, creamy barbecue sauce perfect for basting grilled and smoked chicken. Like sweet barbecue sauces, you want to baste the meat once it has been cooking a while so it doesn’t burn or separate on the grill.

Reserve half of the sauce before you begin marinating the chicken (or other meat) to avoid contamination. Wait until your meat has been cooking over half way before brushing on the white sauce. Sear with one final coat of sauce on each side before you take the meat off the grill.


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  • Horseradish: If you want less bite, you can make Alabama White Sauce without horseradish. Either leave it out or replace it with dijon mustard.
  • Mustard: You can use any kind of mustard in this Alabama White BBQ Sauce recipe. Try spicy brown mustard for more kick or a honey mustard for sweetness.
  • Sugar: If you want to make this White BBQ Sauce sweet, add 2 tablespoons white sugar or brown sugar. 
  • Mayonnaise: To make Healthy White BBQ Sauce, replace the mayo with canola oil or reduced fat mayonnaise. If you use vegan mayo, reduce the vinegar because it has a lot of apple cider vinegar already.
  • Seasonings: Adjust the seasonings to get the taste you like and what you have on hand. Add a splash of Worcestershire sauce or swap in white vinegar. Make it spicy by adding your favorite hot sauce.



  • Serve: Since it is mayo-based, Alabama White Sauce needs to be chilled and can only be at room temperature for up to 2 hours.
  • Store: Keep Alabama White BBQ Sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 1 week.
  • Freeze: You should not freeze Alabama White Sauce. The natural moisture will cause the mayonnaise to separate when thawed and the sauce won’t come back together.

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Alabama White Sauce

Alabama White BBQ Sauce is a tangy spicy mayo-based BBQ sauce. Creamy easy white sauce with mayo, vinegar, horseradish, and spices is perfect for grilling!

Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Keyword Alabama White Sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 24 servings
Calories 48 kcal
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup prepared horseradish
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Whisk all the ingredients together in a large bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before using.

  2. To use while cooking meat, baste in the last 5-7 minutes of cooking.

Nutrition Facts
Alabama White Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 48 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 252mg11%
Potassium 17mg0%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 30IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 3mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

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  1. OMG this is so good, a neighbor made it for us last week, I’d never heard of it. Can’t wait to put it on my menu!