Alabama White Sauce Recipe

Dress up that boring chicken, or step up that smoked chicken with this tangy Alabama white sauce.
jar of alabama white sauce with spoon in it

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Sometimes called white bbq sauce, Alabama White Sauce is an outstanding complement to chicken but also pairs well with fish, seafood, and everything in between. 

Made famous by Big Bob Gibson Bar B Q in Decatur, Alabama. To this day they are known for their white sauce and still dunk their entire chickens into a large vat of the titular sauce.

You probably have most of the ingredients already, and it’s quick and easy to whip up a batch, so give it a go and see for yourself!

What is Alabama white sauce? 

While most bbq sauces get their red color from a tomato base, Alabama white sauce gets its color from a mayonnaise base. 

I especially love Chicken with Alabama White Sauce drizzled over it.

chicken pieces drizzled with alabama white sauce on a white plate
Smoked chicken topped with Alabama White Sauce

It has a bit of tang from the apple cider vinegar and a nice bite from cayenne pepper and horseradish. It’s a sauce that flies under the radar and might not be familiar to even someone who barbecues often.

However, once you try it, you may never go back!

How to make Alabama white sauce

This is a super easy sauce to throw together, and unlike most sauces, you don’t need to simmer or boil to incorporate the ingredients just put them all into a bowl and give it a good whisk.

You can serve the sauce right away but it’s best if it’s had an hour or two to meld together.

If you don’t have brown mustard you can use dijon or regular yellow mustard.

I use prepared horseradish but if you choose to use fresh, reduce the amount by half and taste first to make sure it’s not overpowering the sauce.

You can adjust the heat level really easily by adding more cayenne pepper or horseradish if you like it spicy.

If you want a thicker or thinner sauce increase or decrease the amount of apple cider vinegar.

All variations are great, so feel free to experiment a little and cater to your own tastes. 

You can also use it for a marinade, serve with veggies like carrots and cucumbers, or drizzled over roasted potatoes.    

Try Alabama White Sauce On These Chicken Recipes

jar of alabama white sauce with spoon in it

Alabama white sauce

With a mayonnaise base, this Alabama white sauce is a little bit tangy, a little bit spicy and the perfect accompaniment to your next smoked chicken.
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Course: Condiment / Sauce
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 155kcal
Author: Jordan Hanger


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp cream style horsradish
  • 1 tbsp spicy brown mustard
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • cayenne pepper to taste


  • Add all the ingredients to a bowl and give it a good whisk.
  • Transfer to a mason jar or sealed container and refrigerate until ready to use.


Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 280mg | Potassium: 16mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 16IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg
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