Alabama White BBQ Sauce

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Alabama White BBQ Sauce

Even though Fall is officially upon us, the temperature in many places is still perfect for grilling.  That’s why I wanted to go ahead and share this Alabama White BBQ Sauce with you.  Now, most folks are probably scratching their heads right now and saying, “White barbecue sauce?”  This mayo-based concoction is hugely popular in north Alabama and was made famous by the amazing barbecue joint Big Bob Gibson.  I love it on grilled or smoked chicken or turkey, but it’s also great on pork.  I recommend basting with it toward the end of cooking and serving it with the meat as a dipping sauce. It’s also great on lots of other things, too – salads, as a dip for chips or pretzels, you name it!    If you’ve never tried this, I bet you’re going to love this deliciously tangy sauce.

Alabama White BBQ Sauce

Alabama White BBQ Sauce
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon creole mustard
  • 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper (or more to taste)
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  1. Combine the ingredients in a medium bowl. Refrigerate at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to develop. Keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a week.
Recipe Notes

This sauce is perfect as a baste (just use near the end of cooking) or even as a dipping sauce for chicken, turkey, or pork. It's great on a pulled pork sandwich, too!

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  1. Do not have creole mustard in Canada what could I use instead to make the white allabama barbecue sauce.It sounds so could can you suggest another mustard I could maybe use thanks so much

  2. I have never had the pleasure of white BBQ sauce but this looks great. I have all of the ingredients on hand so I will mix some up today.

    This seems like it would be good as a slaw dressing. I don’t cook much at home and I do t know if I could use this dressing within a week. Or I could share with my neighbor if you don’t think it would make a good slaw dressing.

  3. Thanks for th new recipe, Stacey! I can’t wait to try it!

  4. This sauce looks so delicious! Thanks Stacey!

  5. Elizabeth Harper says:

    This is SO good! We keep a jar in our fridge at ALL times, but ours has quite a bit more horseradish.

  6. My daughter got to try the Alabama BBQ sauce this past weekend while we were there for the retreat. She went to a BBQ place and they served it. She said she never heard of it. Passing along your recipe to her…she really enjoyed it.

  7. We do competition BBQ and we baste our chicken in this very same sauce. We also use as a cole slaw dressing and dipping sauce. It is a very versatile sauce. You will love it.

  8. My mouth is watering right now! Can’t wait to try it!

  9. Hi Stacy! I live in Northeast Alabama and I have never heard of this sauce until a recent visit to Sonny’s Bar-b-que in Geirgia! It sounds like a delicious sauce! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Blessings from Bama!

  10. While we are in Memphis and of course favor Memphis style BBQ, we also love Alabama style white sauce. It’s amazing how few people have heard of it, but it’s fantastic.

  11. I have only recently heard of White BBQ sauce. I have been missing out. Can’t want to try this.

  12. I can’t wait to make this! Thanks for sharing!

  13. I LOVE white sauce! The old Greenbrier makes my favorite 🙂

  14. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Hi Stacey! I just got back from Alabama and had this while I was there. I can’t wait to whip-up a batch using your recipe. Love it!

  16. I don’t have plain white vinegar but I have cider vinegar…. think it will taste the same?

  17. I’ve been making a version of this for years but yours offers some new add-ins I haven’t tried. Mine has more black pepper and a pinch of sugar. I will definitely try adding mustard next time.

  18. My husband’s family is from Cullman, AL and he says they use this sauce on everything! Can’t wait to surprise him with this!

    Keep up the good work, Stacey!

  19. Robbie White says:

    I grew up in north Alabama and have been using this white sauce for years and years. Nothing compares. Whenever we have dinner guests from the North, I like to cook a real southern meal and this never disappoints. We usually grill chicken leg quarters because a breast just isn’t enough for one person!! Now….if you could replicate Gibson’s BBQ Bean recipe, I’d be a happy gal!! So delicious.

  20. Tammie Lucas says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!! There is quite a bit of things that I can not eat simply because my body rejects it. I have to avoid all grains, preservatives and “fake” foods…which really isn’t bad as it makes for a healthy body. However, adjusting to this lifestyle was quite eye opening as far as all of the crap that is in the majority of all pre-made food and an up and down adventure to say the least. There are so many amazing recipes out there that help me live the lifestyle with food that I need to live BUT I have yet to find a bar-b-q sauce that I really enjoy that my body will tolerate. I discovered white bar-b-q sauce at a restaurant a couple of years ago and have struggled to find a recipe and there are NO pre-made sauces that are pure enough. Now I have found your recipe and I can not express enough how happy I feel over it! LOL! Sounds pathetic but I like food that tastes GOOD so having this yummy sauce when there are very few sauces I can eat, is very exciting!! We use it as a dipping sauce for smoked brisket and it is AMAZING. I will also now use it in coleslaw and on other meats but the brisket is my favorite. Thank you SO much for sharing!!

  21. Jack Seaman says:

    Never had this growing up in Alabama. I was told about the strangeness of White Alabama BBQ sauce while living in North Carolina. So I decided to make it and try it myself. Now I’m living Iowa and sharing the Joy and wondrous goodness of this sauce with all my in laws and neighbors. It’s not their first choice, but the ones who have tried it love it.

  22. Sound Good , Thank you Sharing, I Live Missouri .can I ask you send to cookbook I want Look see cookbook , this is ok . Let me know? I’am Deaf . nice meet you too.

  23. Sandra McMillan Cox says:

    Having been born and raised in Decatur, Alabama, I of course have deep frequent cravings for this tangy white barbeque sauce …. it is the ONLY sauce I want on my barbequed chicken! Thanks for sharing it!

    However … I must correct a small typo …. it was originated and is served at Big Bob Gibson’s Barbeque …. NOT Gipson’s … restaurant right near the center of the city on Hwy 31 N/ 6th Ave SE.

  24. We tried it and we loved it. Thank you for this recipe!

  25. I can remember this sauce being served/given from a bbq rest. in Decatur, Al. almost 46 yrs. ago, and it’s still going around.

  26. I’m an avid bbq/smoker/griller and have used Bob Gibson’s White BBQ sauce in the past. When I found your recipe I decided to give it a try. I soaked boneless/skinless chicken thighs in your sauce for 24 hrs. Today, I put them in my smoker for a couple of hrs. (along with a rack of rubbed ribs) using pecan and hickory chunks. Finished them directly over the coals for a few minutes each side, flipping often to prevent burning. Very nice! Thank you for sharing your recipe. I will using it again. I’m tempted to try soaking a rack of ribs in it one of these days.

  27. is It safe to warm the sauce and leave out as a condiment at a pig roast for a couple hours or should it be kept cold

  28. Can you freeze this?

  29. It was pretty good but the apple vinegar overpowered the flavor. Is there a way to cut that flavor, maybe with sugar?

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