Prep Time
5 Mins
Makes 2 cups

At many barbecue joints across the South, white barbecue sauce (sometimes referred to as Alabama white BBQ sauce) is the sauce of choice. It's typically a mayonnaise-based sauce, made tangy with the addition of vinegar, horseradish, and mustard. Fans of white sauce say that once you've doused your barbecued chicken in this sauce, you'll never go back to red barbecue sauce. Personally, we like a little bit of both on a pulled pork sandwich, but especially for smoked chicken, you absolutely can't beat the rich tang of white barbecue sauce. Try it on any of your barbecue favorites this summer, from slabs of ribs to Texas-style brisket. This white BBQ sauce recipe happens to be great for drizzling, but if you prefer a thicker sauce, omit some or all of the water. If you don’t have Creole mustard on hand or have a difficult time finding it in your supermarket, you can easily substitute your favorite grainy or coarse ground mustard instead.

How to Make It

Combine all of the ingredients in a medium-size mixing bowl; whisk until completely comnbined. Serve with your favorite barbecue dishes. Store in the refrigerator up to 1 week.

Ratings & Reviews

Original white sauce

March 21, 2016
I have a recipe from the restaurant that was reputedly the originator (not Bob Gibson's) and it's very simple - mayo, vinegar, lemon juice, and an embarrassingly large amount of salt and pepper. Think TABLESPOON, not teaspoonful of salt, and almost as much pepper.We baste the chicken with it as it grills, and have extra for dipping and pouring over.I don't eat it with anything but chicken - we use a vinegar based sauce for pork in Decatur - but my daughter loves to dip pizza in the white sauce.That girl is strange.

Mouth-watering, Delicious White BBQ Sauce

August 24, 2015
The second time I made this I omitted the water and I liked it better- a little thicker.  It is so good, I could eat it with a spoon.  It makes my mouth water to think of it on my smoky bbq chicken.  

Question about this

July 11, 2016
I have been looking for this recipe for YEARS!  My mother's foster Mom used to make BBQ chicken with a white sauce that I LOVED.  They sold a white sauce in the store in her area but it was not as good and I can't get the recipe off of her - so I have been searching for one that sounds like it would be similar and I think I finally found it.I was thinking about marinading some chicken wings in this sauce and then baking them (I'm trying to be healthier and baked wings are actually really good).  As long as I drain the wings before hand and pat them dry - they should be good right? 

Al BBQ White Sauce

June 26, 2016
Decatur, Alabama White SauceBob Gibson takes credit for the sauce, but, his ex-in-laws, the Woodall's, created it. Gibson only stole it and claimed his own. Woodall's BBQ is still legendary in Northern Alabama, many years since they closed. Gibson is nothing more than a BBQ plagiarist! This is not the Woodall's recipe.

Good Sauce

December 09, 2015
Was pleasantly surprised considering I had never even heard about white bbq sauce until two days ago.  My wife and I really enjoyed it.  You have to get it into your head that it's not going to taste like the ketchup based sauce.  It will be a part of our home menu now.

Superb Sauce

August 02, 2015
Don't let your hesitation stop you from trying this sauce. If you like ranch dressing on buffalo chicken wings, you'll love this. Drizzle it on chicken or pulled pork and let your taste buds be bedazzled. Roll Tide and roll Alabama White B B Q Sauce. This sauce has a little bite (mild). It also can be considered savory. It's a well balanced flavor profile. This is a must try. Once you try Alabama White BBQ Sauce, you'll never go back.

Stockmarket92's Review

August 01, 2013
I made this one time just to try it and loved it instantly. Never even heard of white barbecue sauce until I came across this recipe by accident. After I made my first batch, I gave some to my wife on some shredded chicken. She looked at me and said, "Oh my God! This is the best sauce I've ever had." I now make it regularly for my in laws and for my friends at work. They always bug me for the recipe but I still haven't told them where I got it. Sooner of later they will figure it out but until then, it's my borrowed secret. You should definitely try it. It's AMAZING!