Alabama White Sauce

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Alabama white sauce is a barbecue sauce that uses mayonnaise instead of ketchup or tomatoes as the base. It is also heavy on pepper and often contains other things such as spices, vinegar, etc.

This variation on Alabama white sauce is based on a recipe sent to me by a newsletter reader and it is some good stuff!

Traditionally, white sauce is used on chicken but I have no doubt it would also be good on many other things.

Give it a try then let me know what you think in the comment below.


  • 2 cups of mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup fine ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper


Place all of the ingredients into a bowl and whisk until smooth.

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This recipe makes enough for about 12-18 chicken legs/thighs or 6 to 9 chicken quarters with a little left over for dipping.

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  1. This basic recipe is the one my parents used in Sheffield Alabama at least 50 years ago. They never added horseradish and the other additions.

  2. Missing several ingredients, but most importantly the horseradish.

    This is the recipe Chris Lilly shares:

    1/2 cup mayonnaise

    1/4 cup water

    2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

    1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

    1/2 teaspoon prepared horseradish

    1/2 teaspoon salt

    1/2 teaspoon black pepper

    1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

    1 tablespoon sugar

  3. I am from Decatur, Ala. and remember this recipe being given to my grandfather by Bob Gibson, Big Bob Gibsons BBQ. He also used a tad bit of sugar and while roasting chicken he would spray the chicken with the Apple Cider vinegar keeping the chicken moist….Big Bob Gibsons still one of best…I still have the old original recipe given..

  4. I like white sauce on meat and potatoes. Works good for slaw too. If you like horseradish, it makes it that much more flavorful. My favorite dip for fries too.