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  • David Skarin

Alabama White Sauce

Updated: Jan 21, 2021

Raise your hand if you know what Alabama White Sauce is…guessing the majority aren’t raising your hand and probably haven’t heard of it and the majority have never tasted it. Let me tell you this if you haven’t tried it, you are missing out!

Made famous by a massively popular barbecue joint in Alabama by the name of Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q. This sauce has been one of their trade secrets and the “original” recipe is still a mystery. There are many “authentic” recipes and the one here is no different.

First off, this is not a barbecue sauce in the traditional sense. It is not sweet but tangier. The base isn’t ketchup, it’s mayonnaise. This does not pair well with all types of meat but is to die for with chicken, particularly smoked chicken. My wife is nuts for this sauce and has used it on salads as well for added flavor. I've used it on turkey sandwiches as a mayonnaise substitute. I'd generally say that anything that has a mayonnaise base, this can be a more flavorful substitute.


Fast Facts

Category: Sauces

Prep Time: 5-10 Minutes

Total Time: 5-10 Minutes

Cook Date: October 4, 2020


Ingredient List

  • 1 cup Mayonnaise

  • 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons Apple Juice

  • 1 tablespoon fresh Lemon Juice

  • 1 tablespoon Brown Mustard

  • 1 tablespoon Brown Sugar (I used light brown but either light or dark is fine)

  • 2 teaspoons Horseradish (store bought prepared is appropriate, not fresh – feel free to add a touch more if you prefer the heat from horseradish)

  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder

  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder

  • 1 teaspoon coarse ground Pepper

  • ½ teaspoon coarse Kosher Salt

  • ¼ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

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Step 1: Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk to combine all ingredients.

Step 2: Store in an airtight container and it should last 10-14 days. Suggest letting the flavors combine for a few hours or overnight prior to using, if possible.


Lessons Learned (Note: I will add additional lessons learned from our community members through comments on the site or social media)


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