Alabama White Barbecue Sauce


Today, I’m bringing you a real rarity. In fact, it is pretty much unheard of outside of North Alabama. White BBQ Sauce, even my husband (who is from a town in Georgia only four hours away) had never heard of it. A lot of folks in south Alabama have never heard of it.

This is truly a regional thing, but also a regional requirement. EVERY BBQ restaurant in North Alabama features white bbq sauce on their menu, their meats, and their tables and North Alabamians eat it with everything from french fries to bread to chicken and ribs. This unique, tangy flavor is the perfect compliment to just about everything.

Personally, I like to use so much that my food is swimming in it. How about we make up a batch for you?

To make your own white barbecue sauce, you’ll need: mayonnaise, black pepper, salt, lemon juice, white vinegar, and sugar.
Place mayonnaise in a bowl, add vinegar.
Add lemon juice.
…and sugar.
Mix it all well with a whisk, or just put all of  your ingredients into a large jar with a lid and give it a really good shaking!
You have just made White Barbecue Sauce!
Before you go wow your friends, get a french fry or a piece of chicken and give it  good dunking so you can be the first to taste!!!
I could just live on this y’all, honest!
Alabama White Barbecue Sauce
  • White Barbecue Sauce
  • 2 Cups Mayonnaise
  • 1½ Tablespoons salt
  • 2 Tablespoons black pepper
  • 6 Tablespoons white vinegar
  • 6 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 Tablespoons white sugar
  1. Mix all ingredients together and stir well.


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  1. PeggyJ says

    Oh by the way Christy, that was the first time I have ever sent in a review. I just want to let you know that I really enjoy your encouraging words and all the scrumptious recipes. We absolutely love the Mexican Cornbread recipe and many others. Sooooo good!! I cant wait to make the White Sauce. Thank you for taking so much time out of your busy life to give us a slice of the “good ole days”. Thanks!!!!

  2. Nancy says

    When you use it on chicken does it have to be barbqued? Are you saying that you cover the meat when barbqueing or mostly just things at a bar b que you can use it to cover and dip them with? It sounds great…
    Please let me know…

  3. says

    I would love to print some of your recipes. sort of a beginner,etc. How,What do you recommend. I do not like going to Face Book or others,etc. why do you not provide simple spot to click on ?? Print recipe here or etc. most food sites do this, makes it so easy for anybody, without jumping thru hoops to do it.
    Help, please. I am a recipe addict and I love your site. don rosebaugh

    • PeggyJ says

      Look below the ingredients and instructions part of the recipe thats outlined with a black line, making a square around it. Look under that and you will see blue printing that says “Print This Recipe”.

  4. maryann says

    I will have to try this, I have never heard of white BBQ sauce either up here in MI. Have you added other seasonings to this? Like garlic powder?
    Another question; when making biscuits have you tried replacing half of the liquid with ranch dressing? (Not sure if you like ranch dressing) I did and then added shredded cheddar cheese to the dough and ended up with a cheddar ranch biscuit.

  5. Bonnie N says

    I’m Southern born & raised so white bbq sauce isn’t strange to me. I love it. But the recipe I have been using is just a bit different from this one. I’ll give this one a try. Thanks for posting it. I never can have too many recipes. I’ve got so many cookbooks, cooking magazines, homemade recipe notebooks, etc. that I’ll have to mention them in my will so they don’t get destroyed. I love cooking!

  6. says

    I live in KY and I have never even heard of white bbq sauce so this is going to be a must try and later today I have a cook out happening so what better a time to try I can’t figure. Thank you girl I like all the ingredients in it so it should be interesting. I would also like to know like one other poster on here, is it for dipping mostly, or using like a regular bbq sauce? I would assume more for dipping but not exactly sure.

  7. Deb. says

    I am so ecstatic to have found your website this morning. We just returned from visiting my Mom who lives just outside Huntsville. Of course all we want to eat when we are in Alabama is Barbecue since what is described as such in Sarasota, FL is not what we have in mind. I am going to make your pulled pork and vinegar slaw for Memorial Day and a batch of the white sauce to have in the fridge. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Robert Bradley says

    I’m from western Kentucky and while we have our very own proud BBQ heritage here (lots of smoked pigs), sadly white sauce is absent. On the other hand north Alabama is only 2 hours away, so I can make a run to Big Bob Gibson’s if need be. Ive loved it since I first had it from a BBQ joint in Nashville, and been lookin for a good recipe to try out.

  9. Marcia Harris says

    i love anything with Mayonnaise, (chuckle) I’m from the cold North but but all 3 kids were born in Fla. I married young 17 and had the best Southern Mother in law from MS a gracious lady and not knowing how to cook she taught me and it was the best thing I ever learned! I’am 74 now an married to my Northern country husband and love to cook he thought he died and went to heaven when I’d cook Southern style. I have the best of both worlds Northern recipes and Southern God is good!

  10. Linda Watson says

    This is the sauce I use for cole slaw, except don’t use the lemon juice. Can’t wait to try it on chicken as a dipping sauce. Bet it would be even better with some horse radish sauce added in there! Hee Hee, I’m hungry :) .

  11. Ruth says

    I made the slow cooker pulled pork the other day and it got so many compliments! I decided to make the white barbecue sauce, despite being brought up in Dothan, where we didn’t have it. Again, everyone at our picnic thought it was just wonderful. I’m currently living in England and my friends love my Southern food obsession. I’m so glad I found you Christy! I’m trying to expand my repertoire so expect some cyber-stalking from me

  12. Eva says

    My momma never used mayo or miracle whip she used these exact ingredients, plus a cup of canned milk shook it up and poured it over coleslaw, always tasted better the next day. Will have to try this.

  13. Sara Jones says

    There is a Buck’s Smokehouse in Destin<FL that has the AL. White Barbecue Sauce. They have also been named 1 of the top 8 Barbecue places in the U.S. So, if you are ever in the Destin/Fort Walton Beach, AL area, give them a try. Food is wonderful and prices reasonable too.

  14. Doug says

    are you sure this should be tablespoons and not teaspoons?
    2 tablespoons is an awful lot of black pepper, as well as some other items
    I checked the recipe on another qualified site and it’s the same, only teaspoons not tablespoons


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