This white Alabama-style BBQ sauce is equal parts sweet, spicy, tangy, and delicious!

a labeled jar of alabama BBQ sauce

White BBQ Sauce Recipe

Team Fed + Fit decided that it was high time that we added more BBQ sauce recipes to the website, so we did just that! We started with tomato-based BBQ sauces (that, being from Texas, we’re all very familiar with), and then we looked to see what other BBQ sauces were out there. As it turns out, a lot of people go crazy for this Alabama-style BBQ sauce, so we did a lot of research, and then put our own spin on this different-but-delicious take on BBQ sauce.

Alabama-style white BBQ sauce is tangy, sweet, and has a hint of spice. While this sauce is typically served on (or with) chicken, it’s really delicious and has the potential to be used in all of the same ways as tomato-based BBQ sauce.

What is white BBQ sauce made of?

Mayonnaise makes up the base of white BBQ sauce, and a bunch of other ingredients (like brown mustard, honey, and horseradish) give it a bold, unique flavor.

What does Alabama White Sauce taste like?

White Alabama-style BBQ sauce is really different than red, tomato-based BBQ sauce. It’s got a lot going on: it’s slightly sweet, very tangy, and has a hint of spice. 

Alabama White Barbecue Sauce Ingredients

If you’re used to a regular, ketchup (or tomato paste)-based BBQ sauce, the ingredients here may throw you off a little bit, but once combined, they’re really delicious. Here’s everything you’ll need: 

all of the ingredients for an alabama-style bbq sauce in different sized bowls on a marble surface
  • Mayonnaise – to start, you’ll need 1 cup of mayonnaise. THIS is our favorite store-bought option.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar add some tang and acidity to the sauce.
  • Brown Mustard – you’ll also need 2 tablespoons of brown mustard.
  • Honey – 1 tablespoon of honey provides a touch of sweetness.
  • Lemon Juice – just like the apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice adds acidity and tang, while also brightening everything up a bit.
  • Horseradish – 2 teaspoons of prepared horseradish adds a touch of spice to the finished sauce.
  • Spices and Seasonings – to add more flavor, you’ll need a ½ teaspoon of onion powder, a ½ teaspoon of garlic powder, a ½ teaspoon of salt, a ¼ teaspoon of black pepper, and to top it all off, a ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper.

How to Make Alabama White Sauce

Just like most of our other BBQ sauce recipes (homemade classic BBQ sauce + keto-friendly BBQ sauce), the process here is really easy and requires no heat or cooking at all. You’ll just need to add all of the ingredients to a large bowl and then whisk well, until everything is fully combined. Once combined, transfer to a jar (we used a mason jar!) for storage.

all of the ingredients for alabama BBQ sauce in a large glass bowl
all of the ingredients for alabama BBQ sauce in a large glass bowl before being stirred together with a whisk
a glass bowl of alabama BBQ sauce being whisked together

How do you use Alabama white sauce?

Having only really experienced tomato-based BBQ sauce, when I first heard about this mayo-based sauce I was left wondering how to use it. Could you slather it on like regular BBQ sauce? The answer is yes! This sauce pairs best with pork and chicken. You can baste your meat with it, and it’s especially delicious for dipping.

What can I add to white sauce for flavor?

To be quite honest with you, this recipe is already really flavorful, and because of the thoughtful balance between sweet (from the honey), tangy (from the mustard, apple cider vinegar, and lemon juice), and spicy (from the horseradish and cayenne pepper), we wouldn’t recommend adding anything more to the sauce.

How do you know when white sauce is done?

Because this sauce doesn’t require cooking of any sort, you’ll know it’s done once all of the ingredients are fully combined and the sauce is nice and smooth.

How do you thicken Alabama white sauce?

If you’re done whisking your sauce and it seems too runny, try adding a bit more mayonnaise to thicken it up!

a labeled jar of alabama BBQ sauce

Can I make white BBQ sauce ahead of time?

Absolutely. This sauce can be made and stored up to 2 weeks in advance. Make it when you have time, and enjoy it when you’re ready!

How do you store this white barbecue sauce recipe?

Just like any other homemade BBQ sauce (or any sauce, really) recipe, you’ll store this one in an airtight container or jar (we used a mason jar — this size works great!) in the refrigerator.

How long does Alabama White Sauce last in the fridge?

Stored in an airtight container, your white sauce will last for up to 2 weeks. 

What can you do with leftover white BBQ sauce?

This BBQ sauce is just as versatile as the classic, tomato-based stuff! You can use it on any cooked animal protein, as a dipping sauce for french fries or chicken tenders, or as a sandwich spread (especially a hot sandwich or melt). Get creative here — it may even make for a really fun twist on a traditional pasta salad sauce/dressing!

Alabama White Sauce Recipe

5 from 1 vote
By Amber Goulden
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Sweet, spicy, tangy, and delicious, this Alabama-style white BBQ sauce is a really delicious, different take on traditional BBQ sauce!


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl and then whisk well, until everything is fully combined.

Recipe Notes

Makes about 1 1/2 cups of sauce


Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 0.5g | Fat: 27.5g | Saturated Fat: 4.3g | Cholesterol: 15.4mg | Sodium: 564.4mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 3.3g

Additional Info

Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 270
Keyword: BBQ sauce, white bbq sauce

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  1. Can the Alabama BBQ Sauce be cooked and hot water bathed for preserving longer periods?

    1. That’s such a great question, Jackie. We actually haven’t tested it, so we don’t have an answer for you, but if you give it a try, please let us know how it turned out.

  2. 5 stars
    This sauce is delicious! We had it on a sandwich with shredded chicken and some pickles. We loved it! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    1. Wahoo, so glad you loved it, Rachael! Thanks for sharing!