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Alabama White Sauce

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Alabama white sauce is a famous sauce bursting with a tangy and creamy flavor that will become a BBQ staple.
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  1. Alabama White Sauce Ingredients
  2. How To Make This Alabama White Sauce Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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Unlike a traditional barbecue sauce recipe, this Alabama white sauce is made with a vinegar and mayonnaise base along with a handful of other simple ingredients. Packed with tangy and peppery flavor, it will be a game-changer on chicken or pork.

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Alabama White Sauce Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
  • 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

PRO TIP:

You can make your own buttermilk using whole or 2% milk and lemon juice or distilled white vinegar. For every 1 cup of milk, stir in 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

HOT SAUCE: You can also add a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce or cayenne pepper if you like your sauce a little more on the hot and spicy side.

PAPRIKA: If you want a little more of a “smoky” flavor, you can add a ¼ teaspoon of smoked paprika to your spice ingredients for this sauce.

SUGAR: In place of the granulated sugar, variations of this recipe use brown sugar instead. That would be a perfectly fine substitute for this sauce.

How To Make This Alabama White Sauce Recipe

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

To save time and dishes, you can add all the ingredients directly to your mason jar. Just make sure to mix it really well before putting on the lid and refrigerating it.

STEP ONE: In a medium-sized bowl, pour in all the above-listed ingredients.

PRO TIP:

You can adjust the amounts of the vinegar, sugar, and prepared horseradish sauce according to your taste, adding a little more or less.

Alabama White Sauce ingredients mixed together in a bowl

STEP TWO: Whisk the ingredients together. Make sure there are no lumps from the mayonnaise.

Alabama White Sauce ingredients whisked together in a bowl

STEP THREE: Transfer the sauce to a pint-sized mason jar or any container with a lid, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before using to allow all the flavor to blend well.

Alabama White Sauce in a mason jar

How To Serve

This Alabama white BBQ sauce is a perfect dipping sauce for our popcorn chicken, chicken wings, pork chops or turkey tenders. Add potato salad and creamy coleslaw on the side.

Marinate your oven-baked chicken or grilled chicken breasts with this fantastic white barbecue sauce, and I guarantee you won’t regret it!

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Store this tangy sauce tightly covered in a lidded jar, a mason jar works great, in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

IN THE FREEZER: We don’t recommend freezing this sauce as it will lose its creamy texture once thawed.

a piece of chicken topped with Alabama White Sauce on a plate

This creamy BBQ sauce is a staple of northern Alabama barbecue, and now you can take your favorite barbecue recipes to the next level in your own kitchen. Whip up a big batch and store it in your fridge for the next time you have a BBQ meal in the works.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How long does white barbecue sauce last?

This Alabama BBQ sauce will last in the fridge for up to 1 week.

What is white BBQ sauce?

White BBQ sauce originated in Alabama and features a vinegar and mayo base to create a creamy white sauce with a tangy taste. This famous white BBQ sauce recipe was created by Robert Gibson at his restaurant, Big Bob Gibson’s Bar-B-Q.

What is Alabama white barbecue sauce made of?

This delicious barbecue sauce is made of mayo, vinegar, horseradish, and a handful of spices to create a creamy sauce that is perfect for chicken or pork.

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Alabama White Sauce

5 from 2 votes
Alabama white sauce is a famous sauce bursting with a tangy and creamy flavor that will become a BBQ staple.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 1 pint

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
  • 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions
 

  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together all the listed ingredients. Make sure there are no lumps from the mayonnaise.
  • Transfer the sauce to a pint-sized mason jar or any container with a lid, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before using to allow all the flavor to blend well.

Notes

  • You can make your own buttermilk using whole or 2% milk and lemon juice or distilled white vinegar. For every 1 cup of milk, stir in 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar.
  • To save time and dishes, you can add all the ingredients directly to your mason jar. Just make sure to mix it really well before putting on the lid and refrigerating it.
  • You can adjust the amounts of the vinegar, sugar, and prepared horseradish sauce according to your taste, adding a little more or less.

Nutrition

Calories: 1687kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 170g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 2922mg | Potassium: 271mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 263IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 1mg
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