Whip up a jar of creamy Alabama White Sauce, a zippy Southern BBQ staple and tradition, that is the must-have side for everything you grill!
Alabama White Sauce is a mouth-watering white BBQ sauce that is perfect for chicken, ribs and even vegetables! This easy to make sauce takes only minutes to make with items in your pantry, like mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, horseradish, honey mustard and sugar and spices, and will knock your socks off every time you have it!
A Whole New BBQ World
I am not from the South and some Southern cooking is totally foreign to me. When a friend of mine mentioned this sauce I totally blew them off because, hello, BBQ sauce is supposed to be red and tomato based! We all know where I’m going with this- I was utterly and devastatingly ( in a good way) wrong and I apologize to everyone from Alabama for doubting the amazingness of this sauce. The first time I tasted Alabama White Sauce it was like discovering everything that had been missing from my grilling life! This sauce is creamy but also so flavorful with a bit of heat that coats whatever I put it on completely. We drizzle Alabama White Sauce over ribs and practically drown our grilled chicken in it and obviously dip our veggies in it. I can’t wait for everyone to try it and taste these bold, tangy flavors!
Other Recipes to Serve with Alabama White Sauce
- What could be better than Grilled Ribs to showcase this amazing Alabama White Sauce? You might want to grab some extras because these ribs will go even faster than usual with this sauce.
- Don’t forget to dip all of your Grilled Veggie Kabobs in this sauce too- this sauce is truly made for everything grilled!
Pantry Items: You will need apple cider vinegar, honey mustard, lemon juice and light brown sugar.
Refrigerated Items: You will need mayonnaise and prepared horseradish. Most grocery stores carry horseradish in jars in either their refrigerated section or in the condiments aisle.
Spices: For this recipe, you will need garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper.
How to Make Alabama White Sauce
STEP ONE: In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients.
STEP TWO: Refrigerate the Alabama White Sauce for a few hours to let the flavors meld. You can keep the sauce in the bowl or transfer it to a jar for better storage.
Tips for Success
- Don’t be scared off by the horseradish and cayenne pepper. It may sound like the sauce will be really spicy but the mayo and sugar really help bring the heat level to more of a smokiness that tastes amazing.
- The Alabama White Sauce is pretty tasty when first made but really shines after getting to set for a while first. If you know you’ll be grilling this weekend you can make it well ahead of time, like now, and it will be all ready to wow everyone at the cookout.
- This sauce will last for two weeks in an airtight container so you can have it on hand for all your BBQ needs!
Who invented Alabama White Sauce?
The amazing Southern BBQ sauce was created by Robert Gibson, owner of Big Bob Gibson’s Bar-B-Q in Alabama in the 1920s. The popularity of the sauce spread throughout the South and decades later you can even find it bottled in some grocery stores. Even restaurants as far away as New York have a version of this sauce for their wings, a true testament to how delicious this sauce is.
Is Alabama White Sauce the same as Ranch Dressing?
No. Besides being a white condiment, these two sauces really have nothing in common. Ranch dressing is a creamy, herby dressing, while Alabama White Sauce is a tangy sauce with spice. While Ranch dressing or seasoning is delicious sprinkled on food to boost flavoring, Alabama White Sauce can really coat and soak into what you put it on, which means the flavoring isn’t just on the outside, you get the tangy flavor all the way through.
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- Whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl until smooth.
- Transfer to a dip bowl or a mason jar. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours prior to use, for best flavor. (You can serve this sauce right away if needed.)