Chicken drum stick dipped in Alabama white sauce
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How to make Alabama white sauce

All photos for this recipe are from Erin Hungsberg (IG: erin_hungsberg)

Alabama white sauce also known as white barbecue sauce is made with a mayonnaise base, along with apple cider vinegar, spicy brown mustard, and horseradish along with a few other simple ingredients.

This tangy sauce with a bite is great on french fries, used as a dip, and is the perfect pairing with smoked chicken and especially good on these grilled chicken drumsticks.  A great addition to so many dishes, it has a rich flavor and is next level good. 

Where did Alabama White Sauce originate from? 

This Alabama white sauce recipe was first made famous by Robert Gibson of Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q in Decatur, Alabama. To this day they are known for their white sauce and still dunk their split and whole chickens in this creamy tangy sauce. 

Ingredients you will need for Alabama White bbq sauce.

Mayonnaise

Apple cider vinegar 

Prepared horseradish

Spicy brown mustard 

Salt and black pepper 

Garlic powder 

Cayenne Pepper 

Ingredients for Alabama white sauce

How to make Alabama White Sauce.

This is a super easy sauce to make. In a large bowl add the ingredients together and whisk to combine.

If the sauce is too thick you can add more vinegar to thin it out. When I’m using it for chicken I like it on the thinner side. If I’m using it as a dipping sauce, then I like it a little thicker. 

Alabama white sauce in a bowl

Variations to try: 

Pretty much every version of white sauce starts with mayonnaise. However you could sub in miracle whip and even some sour cream if preferred. Instead of apple cider vinegar, white vinegar would work too. If you don’t have any cayenne pepper on hand, you can add a few dashes of hot sauce. 

How to store.

The sauce can be stored for up to two weeks in an airtight container such as a mason jar. Refrigerate after using and be sure to make extra! 

What to use Alabama white sauce for?

There are a dozen different ways to use this very versatile sauce. Here are some of my favorites.

  • Grilled chicken wings
  • Smoked whole chicken
  • Pork Tenderloin
  • French fries or potato wedges
  • As a salad dressing

Other recipes to try white sauce on

Grilled chicken drumsticks with Alabama white sauce

Grilled buffalo wings

Buffalo chicken bird dogs

Easy homemade Coleslaw

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Chicken drum stick dipped in Alabama white sauce

How to make Alabama white sauce

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This tangy sauce is great on french fries, used as a dip, and is the perfect pairing with grilled or smoked chicken.  A great addition to so many dishes, it has a rich flavor and is next level good. 

  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise 
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 
  • 4 tablespoons cream style horseradish 
  • 1 tbsp spicy brown mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and whisk well to combine. 
  2. Store and refrigerate in an airtight container like a mason jar. 

Notes

If sauce is too thick, thin it out with apple cider vinegar. 

If sauce is too thin, add more mayonnaise. 

  • Author: Jordan Hanger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Sauce
  • Cuisine: American

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4 Comments

  1. This sauce is stupid AWESOME! No words. I just started tinkering in the kitchen and tried this. WOW! WOW! WOW!






  2. FINALLY. An Alabama White Sauce recipe that tastes like it should. I’m scepital of trying new recipes with only a few reviews but this one appeared to have all the right ingredients. And YES!!!! It tastes like it should. I did, however, add about a tablespoon aooon or little more of extra horseradish and a shake more of garlic powder. Because – well – it’s horseradish and garlic. What could go wrong? 😋. It’s fantastic. Printed it and putting it in my recipe binder. Thank you.






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