This Alabama white sauce is a creamy and zesty twist on traditional BBQ sauce. Using rich mayo as a base, it's mixed with a few additional ingredients - and simple spices - to create a versatile marinade, dressing, or condiment. Best of all though, this Alabama white sauce goes great with just about anything, and it only takes a few minutes to make!
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The Best Alabama White Sauce
This southern style BBQ sauce - aka white BBQ sauce - is an Alabama creation that can rival the best tomato-based BBQ sauces in the world. Seriously, after you make this stuff, you'll be wondering where this delicious sauce has been your entire life. It is, without a doubt, one of the best BBQ sauce recipes ever.
Now, if you've never had white sauce before, I'm sure you're wondering what the white BBQ sauce taste is. And, in a word, it tastes incredible. It's creamy, tangy, and a little bit spicy. And, as I mentioned, this Alabama white sauce goes great with smoked chicken, pork, fish, veggies, French fries, and everything in between.
Also, when you use it for grilled chicken, BBQ chicken, pulled pork, pork chops, chicken wings - and other light proteins - the smokiness and char infuse the white BBQ sauce into the meat for even more flavor.
With that said, though, this Alabama white sauce recipe also makes a fantastic salad dressing or dip. If you're looking for what to serve with Alabama white sauce, these Chick-Fil-A nuggets and these fried pickles are great. It's also a fantastic spread on this McDonalds spicy chicken sandwich and this quesadilla burger.
So, whether you're an Alabama BBQ sauce aficionado - or trying it for the first time - this Alabama white sauce recipe is sure to be a hit! And leftovers - if you're lucky enough to have any - can be refrigerated, so you can use them throughout the week.
Now, even though this authentic Alabama white sauce has such a delicious, unique rich flavor profile, you need just the most basic ingredients to make it.
Honestly, they're a lot of the same ingredients used in a traditional barbecue sauce recipe. And the best part is you probably have a lot of these ingredients on hand!
Anyway, here's what you need to make Alabama white sauce:
- 1 cup of mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 tbsp. of Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tbsp. of shredded horseradish
- Salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
Pretty common stuff, right?!
Ingredient Suggestions and Substitutions
Now, a couple of things can make a world of difference in this delicious white BBQ sauce.
First, use fresh lemon juice as much as you can because it really brightens up the entire sauce.
Second, grating your own horseradish is truly worth it! Prepared horseradish sauce is much milder than the fresh stuff, and you'll definitely want that zing in this Alabama white BBQ sauce.
With that said, if you don't have - or don't want to use - horseradish, dijon mustard, or spicy brown mustard are great substitutes.
Also, if you want a bit more spice, add in some cayenne pepper or hot sauce to taste. Garlic powder, onion powder, or smoked paprika are all great Alabama white BBQ sauce additions, too.
Oh, and for a hint of sweetness, you can also try adding some brown sugar.
How to Make Alabama White Sauce
Honestly, making this Alabama white sauce is so simple you might just want to whip it up every week! I mean, just 2 steps are all you need to follow to make it and the whole process will take you under 5 minutes.
So you really can make it at a moment's notice whenever you need something to elevated your meal.
Anyway, here's how to make homemade white BBQ sauce.
Step 1: Mixing The Ingredients
First, you're going to measure out the mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, and salt and pepper.
Then, add all of those ingredients to a medium-sized bowl and whisk them together until well combined and smooth.
Step 2: Taste and Adjust as needed
Now, once the sauce is mixed, give it a little taste test and adjust however you see fit. I think this Alabama white sauce taste is on point, but you can tailor it to your tastebuds.
Then, when it's good to go, serve it with anything you want, and enjoy!
How to Store Alabama White Sauce
So, this recipe for Alabama white sauce will make about one cup's worth. But, if you want more, you can easily double, triple, or quadruple the ingredient measurements.
Also, since this is a mayonnaise-based BBQ sauce, it should be stored in the refrigerator immediately after making it. With that said, if you store this Alabama white sauce in an airtight container - or glass jar - it will last in the fridge for about 4 days.
Honestly, I think it actually tastes even better days after making it since the flavors have time to meld together. Then, when you're ready to use it, give it a good stir to smooth it out, then enjoy.
FAQS About This Alabama White BBQ Sauce Recipe
What is Alabama white sauce made of?
Alabama white sauce is typically made with mayo, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, horseradish, and Worcestershire sauce. Some recipes additionally add brown sugar to add a little sweetness or hot sauce to add a bit of heat.
What does Alabama white sauce taste like?
Alabama white sauce has a creamy, tangy, slightly sweet, and smokey flavor that is just so good. It's a combination of flavors that you really can't get in any other sauce.
Is Alabama white sauce just ranch?
No, Alabama white sauce is ranch. Alabama white BBQ sauce is more like a cross between regular BBQ sauce and horseradish sauce. By the way, if you want to make your own ranch dressing at home, check out this Wingstop ranch recipe - it's a banger!
Is Alabama white barbecue sauce spicy?
Alabama white barbecue sauce has a slight kick, and it can be as spicy as you want it to be! For a milder sauce, use prepared horseradish. For a spicier version, use freshly shredded horseradish and mix in some cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, spicy mustard, or hot sauce.
What is Alabama white sauce used for?
As I mentioned earlier, this Alabama white sauce is terrific with a wide variety of foods - it's great as a dipping sauce, dressing, marinade, and condiment spread. But, if you don't know what to use it with, here are some ideas of what to serve it with to get you started:
- Fried jalapenos
- Southwest salad
- McDonalds chicken nuggets
- Herb crusted chicken
- Italian chicken cutlets
Wrapping It Up
Well, that's how to make Alabama white sauce in just a few minutes! This white barbecue sauce is creamy, tangy, slightly sweet, and super versatile. Honestly, it's just so, so good.
Seriously, after you try this white BBQ sauce recipe you'll never need another one again.
Whether you're using it as a marinade, dip, or dressing, this white BBQ sauce recipe is sure to be a hit!
As always, if you made this recipe, leave a comment below and let me know what you think.
More Sauce Recipes
If you enjoyed this Alabama white sauce, we have a ton of other sauce recipes on the blog you have to try next!
Check all of these out:
- Big mac sauce
- Chipotle mayo
- Sweet chili sauce
- Chick-Fil-A sauce
- McDonalds breakfast sauce
- McDonalds sweet & sour sauce
- McDonalds tartar sauce
- McDonalds szechuan sauce
- Combine everything in a bowl and mix until the ingredients turn into a sauce.
- Use immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days.
Serving Size:⅛ cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 188Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g