Alabama White BBQ Sauce – Elevate Your BBQ To The Next Level

Alabama White BBQ Sauce - Perfect for any smoked meat, but you MUST TRY them on smoked wings!

White BBQ sauce?  There are so many regional sauces that offer different flavors.

You have Kansas City BBQ sauce which is thick and tangy, slightly sweet. You have South Carolina sauces that offer a mustard base type sauce. In North Carolina, they’re proud of their strong vinegary thin sauce, perfect for a pig pick’in. There is Memphis style, Texas-style … on and on.

So what is this white barbeque sauce? Hello, Alabama white sauce!

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Alabama White BBQ Sauce

Alabama White BBQ Sauce in mason jar on a red bandana

What is Alabama White Barbecue Sauce

Alabama white BBQ sauce was introduced by none other than Big Bob Gibson in Decatur, Alabama. It is tangy, it is peppery, and it is good.

What makes this barbeque sauce rather unique is that it is mayonnaise based versus tomato based. This makes it a lot more smooth and silky.

It’s good on anything and it’s easy to make. But it is most especially delicious on a big batch of smoked chicken wings.

Alabama White BBQ Sauce in white ramekin surrounded by smoked chicken wings

How To Make Alabama White BBQ Sauce

The good news is that you probably already have these ingredients in your kitchen. It’s amazing what a handful of ingredients can do!

All you need is the following:

  • Mayonnaise
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Water
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Kosher salt
  • Garlic powder
  • Fresh Ground Pepper
  • Onion powder
  •  Cayenne

It’s so easy to make. Take the ingredients, toss them in a bowl, and mix. That’s it. It is ready to go. No cooking, no blending, no nothing.

You want it to rock, make it earlier to allow some time for the flavors to come together. In fact, I’d recommend it.

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smoked chicken wing dipped in the Alabama white bbq sauce

As I earlier stated, this white barbeque sauce goes with anything. You can use it for your ribs, your smoked pork butt, pulled pork, any kind of smoked or grilled chicken … it all works.

But you really have to try this sauce with some smoked wings. It’s a real game-changer. Take a look at our recipe for some of the most amazing smoked wings here.

Alabama White BBQ Sauce Recipe

Alabama White BBQ Sauce - Perfect for any smoked meat, but you MUST TRY them on smoked wings!
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4.39 from 42 votes

Alabama White BBQ Sauce – Elevate Your BBQ To The Next Level

Alabama White BBQ Sauce – Perfect for any smoked meat, but you MUST TRY them on smoked wings!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 min
Course: Barbeque, Grilling, Sauce
Cuisine: American, BBQ
Keyword: Alabama, bbq, sauce, white
Servings: 12
Calories: 130kcal
Author: DSTR


  • 1 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/3 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Water
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon Cayenne


  • Add all ingredients to a bowl and whisk until combined well. Refrigerate.


Serving: 1oz | Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 221mg | Potassium: 13mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 21IU | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Reply

    I have never heard of such a thing!!! But trust me, I will be making it extremely soon! I looked at the ingredients and my husband/kids LOVE this style of sauce! Making chicken skewers next week… Thinking this will for sure be happening! YAY! πŸ™‚

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      Maria, I have lived in Alabama all my life and thought this sauce was a strange concept. I really didn’t think I was going to like it, but I loved it. I hope you enjoy the sauce. Thank you so much for coming by!

  2. Reply

    Maria, do you think this recipe would work with sour cream instead of mayonnaise?
    I don’t really like mayo.

    1. Reply

      Linda, I’m sorry but we have never tried it with sour cream. Give it a whirl and let us know how it turns out. Thanks so much for coming by!

    2. Reply

      Can this yummy sounding bbq be made with sour cream and can it be used as the dressing in a Cole slaw

      1. Reply

        Hey Kristina, never tried it but it sounds kinda yummy. Give it a whirl and let us know!

    1. Reply

      Thanks so much! πŸ™‚

  3. Reply

    Excellent White bbq sauce! We loved it! ❀️5 stars

  4. Reply

    Great recipe. Add this sauce to 2 bags of coleslaw mix for an incredible tangy coleslaw.5 stars

    1. Reply

      That sounds real good as a Cole slaw…

      1. Reply

        It’ll work! πŸ™‚ I’ve used it as such and tossed in a bunch of chopped smoked pork for a southern bento bowl! Delicious!! πŸ™‚

  5. Reply

    I’ve been wanting to try this sauce for a while. Your recipe was incredibly easy to make. Really took my smoked chicken wings to the next level!5 stars

    1. Reply

      So glad to hear it, Lance. Glad you liked it. It goes well together, doesn’t it? πŸ™‚

  6. Reply

    Yum!! I used Duke’s mayo which already has a nice tang. Mixed it all up and it tastes wonderful! Using it tomorrow when I smoke the wings! Gave a taste to the hubby and he loved it. Can’t wait til tomorrow! Thank you so much!5 stars

  7. Reply

    Good stuff and easy!5 stars

  8. Reply

    Made the Alabama sauce and liked it. Good for dipping sliced cucumbers too (if you like cucumbers). Someone mentioned sour cream but not sure how it would taste mixed in with vinegar. I’ve mixed sour cream with maple syrup and a few spices and it is a good sweet dip for smoked wings.. I call it Canadian White Sauce .

    1. Reply

      I live less than 2 miles from Big Bob Gibson’s and had no clue this was referred to as Alabama white bbq sauce lol. Guess I take it for granted since I grew up with it. Try putting it on chicken when you are grilling it. So good!!

      And if yall ever get this way, stop in and try one of their stuffed potatoes or some of their smoked wings. Delish!!

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        We’ll do just that, Michelle. You should try our smoked chicken wings sometime. They truly are the bomb!! πŸ™‚

  9. Reply

    I have been a fan of BBG’s Alabama White Sauce for years. I generally stop every time I come through north Alabama which is often.

    Made this recipe for some pulled chicken and wings I am smoking tomorrow. It is really close to the little bit I had left in a BBG bottle. It is not quite as peppery so i upped the ground pepper. It was also a bit more tangy since I use an unsweetened mayo but I prefer that higher level of tang.

    Overall very pleased with the recipe.5 stars

  10. Reply

    Great sauce, the vinegar really gives it a good tangy flavor, going to try it adding some blue cheese…… tried your recipe with smoked wings…. its a winner thanks4 stars

    1. Reply

      Thanks so much, John!

  11. Reply

    This is the best stuff! Try it on pulled, shredded chicken on a bun with dill pickles. It’s like a cracked out Chickfila sandwich. I also like to add pickled red onion. This is on the menu tonight as quesadillas.

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      Rockin’ Sharon!! Glad to hear you liked it. That sounds great … those quesadillas. Hmmm … πŸ€”β€οΈπŸ™

  12. Reply

    This White BBQ Sauce is incredible! I had everything to make it and was out of blue cheese, on quarantine and don’t care for Ranch on wings. So, we tried this and it is great. I also like to add dill and mix it with cucumbers! There, now you have something new!!

  13. Reply

    Going to try it this w/e, what do you think a 1/4-1/2 TSP of horseradish would do to kick it up a notch?

    1. Reply

      Sure would. If you’re wanting to go for more HEAT, you could just add a touch more cayenne.

  14. Reply

    Excellent Sauce For Smoked Chicken! It’s Unreal!5 stars

  15. Reply

    how long will it keep

    1. Reply

      I wouldn’t go past a few days.

  16. Reply

    How long does this sauce stay good for in the fridge..having a housewarming party Saturday it is Monday when is the earliest I can make it without going bad thanks never had white BBQ sauce before….

    1. Reply

      I wouldn’t push it past a few days. We usually prepare it the same day as it only takes a few minutes and save the leftovers for a day or two.

  17. Reply

    How far in advance can I make this sauce? Excited to make it but want to use it in 3 days

    1. Reply

      We always make it the day of use but I would say it will be good for a couple of days.

  18. Reply

    Would it be okay to use an avocado based mayonnaise to lighten up the calorie and fat count, or is it better with regular? Also, do you basically use it as a dipping sauce for chicken wings, or brush it on during/after smoking them?

    1. Reply

      We say you can certainly try it but we cannot recommend it. We use it as a dipping sauce.

  19. Reply

    We live in Alabama and love this sauce but my recipe calls for sugar as well.5 stars

    1. Reply

      This is our version and we omit the sugar. Our personal preference, which also makes it low carb and sugar-free.

  20. Reply

    I’m excited to try this! All the other white bbq (Alabama) sauces call for horseradish which I don’t care for a lot. Definitely can handle cayenne instead. Thanks for the recipe!

  21. Reply

    I used salad cream instead of mayo, and it turned out fantastic! I also added a splash of hot sauce.

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