Alabama White Barbecue Sauce

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Alabama white barbecue sauce is a regional specialty that has received national acclaim for good reason! Uniquely sweet yet tangy, let me show you how to make it for yourself at home. One bite and you’ll be serving it with every meal!

Alabama White BBQ Sauce

Today, I’m bringing you a real rarity. In fact, it is pretty much unheard of outside of North Alabama. 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.

I’m talking about Alabama white bbq sauce. 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. My husband loves to smother his chicken in Alabama white barbecue sauce. Personally, I like to use so much that my food is always swimming in it. 

So, what makes this homemade white bbq sauce so irresistible? Well, it has a uniquely sweet yet tangy flavor, thanks to the combination of mayonnaise, lemon juice, white vinegar, and sugar. Let me tell you, it truly is the perfect compliment to just about everything. So how about we make up a batch for you? This recipe has the simplest ingredients and instructions ever, after all – mix and serve. That’s my style!

Ingredients for White Barbecue Sauce

Recipe Ingredients

  • Mayonnaise
  • Black pepper
  • Salt
  • Lemon juice
  • White vinegar
  • Sugar

How to Make Alabama White Barbecue Sauce

Place mayo, vinegar, and lemon juice in a bowl.

Place mayonnaise in a small bowl and add the vinegar and lemon juice.

Add salt, pepper, and sugar to bowl.

Next, add salt, pepper, and sugar to the mixing bowl.

Mix ingredients together.

Mix all ingredients together with a whisk or just put all of your ingredients into a large jar with a lid and give it a really good shake. That’s all there is to it!

You have just made Alabama white barbecue sauce!

White Barbecue Sauce covering chicken.

Before you go wow your friends, get a French fry or a piece of chicken and give it a good dunking so you can be the first to taste it. YUM!

I could just live on this y’all, honest!


Pop the sauce in a mason jar or airtight container and store it in the fridge for up to 4 days. But we all know it’s not gonna last that long! Lucky it only takes 5 minutes to whip up another batch (or you can always simply double the recipe).

Recipe Notes

  • If you like, substitute white sugar for brown sugar or use a combination of both.
  • Another substitution is using apple cider vinegar (or a combination again) instead of white vinegar.
  • Some white sauce recipes also include prepared horseradish. If that’s your thing, I’d go with just a couple of teaspoons.
  • Some also add in mustard, so if you like you can add 2 teaspoons of yellow mustard, dijon mustard, spicy brown mustard, or even Creole mustard.
  • For an extra pop of flavor, go ahead and add 1/2 teaspoon of your favorite seasoning, like Cajun seasoning or Old Bay seasoning.
  • For a lighter version, replace half of the mayo with sour cream or Greek yogurt. It won’t affect the taste.
  • Want to add some heat? If you’re going to add the prepared horseradish, opt for hot horseradish. Then add 1/2 teaspoon of hot sauce and 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper to make things extra spicy.

Recipe FAQs

Where did Alabama white BBQ sauce originate?

We have Robert Gibson from Big Bob Gibson’s Bar B-Q in Decatur, Alabama to thank for introducing us to Alabama white sauce way back in 1925.

What do you serve with Alabama white barbecue sauce?

Alabama white sauce tastes fantastic with any grilled or barbecued meat, like grilled chicken tenders or chicken breast, pork chops, Southern-style pulled pork, beef brisketcrockpot beef ribsNorth Alabama-style pulled chicken, steak kabobs, and air fryer chicken wings. You can baste it on the meat two or three times towards the end of cooking, or simply pour it over the top when serving.

It also tastes great as a dipping sauce with fries and veggies, like my baked zucchini fries, parmesan oven fries, and roasted sweet potato wedges. Another option is to use it as a salad dressing. It tastes absolutely amazing with potato salad, coleslaw, and roasted vegetables.

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Alabama White Barbecue Sauce

Uniquely sweet yet tangy, serve this homemade recipe for nationally-acclaimed Alabama white barbecue sauce with main meat dishes and sides.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Dressing
Cuisine: American
Keyword: barbecue, sauce
Servings: 4
Calories: 540kcal


  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons white sugar


  • Mix all ingredients together and stir well.
    2 cups mayonnaise, 1 1/2 tablespoons salt, 2 tablespoons black pepper, 6 tablespoons white vinegar, 6 tablespoons lemon juice, 4 tablespoons white sugar


Calories: 540kcal
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      1 1/2 tablespoons salt
      2 tablespoons black pepper
      6 tablespoons white vinegar
      6 tablespoons lemon juice
      4 tablespoons white sugar

  1. Most of the white BBQ sauce recipes I see have horseradish in them. I didn’t have any on hand and based on one of the comments above, I was concerned this recipe may be lacking in the flavor I was hoping for, but decided to go for it since I’m stuck at home during quarantine and running to the store for horseradish isn’t as easy as it could be at other times. I’m an Alabama girl through and through and I’ve got news for you. THIS IS FANTASTIC. No need for additional ingredients. It’s as good as any white bbq sauce I’ve ever had. THANK YOU!!!

  2. Hello from Castle Rock, Colorado,

    I am from North AL, born and raised in and around the Tri-Cities guess that is the Quad-Cities, now. Left AL in 1991, the first time I came in contact with the “The White Sauce” was when a former Mississippi resident moved into our neighborhood in 1973. I had invited them over for dinner after they moved in and got settled.
    Later she invited us to dinner, and she served us Grilled chicken with this white sauce and green bean bundles both of which I had never heard of before. I asked for the recipes and started making both as it was” love at first bite”.
    I used the recipe often used it two weeks ago to make a whole crock pot full of chicken for my freezer. I just take out whatever amount I need, make a fresh batch of white sauce a vegetable and I have dinner. I use what is left in my dinner dish for the next day.. I have used it on chicken steak pork and in mashed potatoes all sorts of roasted vegetables roasted, milk boiled corn on the cob. I top everything I eat with this sauce!!! Try it over leftovers it is a great addition to leftovers and gives the dish a new flavor. I use it for dipping cornbread instead of butter. Great with hushpuppies and fish dinners!! As I have said before ” you can take the girl out of the south, but not the south out of the girl!!

    1. Born and raised in South Alabama and never even heard of “Alabama white sauce” or white BBQ sauce until a couple years ago when articles started popping up all over Facebook.

  3. Hi Christy, Is this sauce freezer friendly? I would like to freeze raw chicken in this sauce for food prep. Thanks!

      1. Pat, I can a lot of things, and I am quite sure th is white BBQ sauce who not be a safe bet. Mainly because of the mayo, which has eggs. I wouldn’t chance it

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