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How to Make an Alabama White Sauce

How to Make an Alabama White Sauce

Alabama White Sauce, a tangy, mayonnaise-based condiment, has long been a staple of Southern barbecue, particularly appreciated for its unique flavor profile that perfectly complements grilled meats.

This creamy, peppery sauce originated in Northern Alabama and has garnered a cult following for its versatility and distinctive taste. Unlike the typical tomato-based barbecue sauces, Alabama White Sauce adds a refreshing zing that enhances the flavors of chicken, pork, and even vegetables.

With that being said, today we're going to give you a simple guide on how to make your own Alabama White Sauce at home. So fire up the grill and get ready to elevate your barbecue game!

Orgin Story of Alabama White Sauce

Before we dive into how to make an Alabama white sauce though, let's give a quick history and background of how it came about.

The origins of Alabama White Sauce can be traced back to the 1920s, when a man by the name of “Big Bob” Gibson began serving barbecue at his restaurant in Decatur, Alabama.

sweet home alabama sign in Decatur Alabama

No one truly knows how or what made him come up with the idea of a sauce made primarily with mayonnaise and vinegar, but it quickly became popular among his family and customers.

As word spread about the delicious tangy white sauce, other restaurants and barbecue joints in Northern Alabama began adopting it as well, cementing its place in Southern barbecue culture.

Typical Ingredients for Alabama White Sauce

Now that we know a bit more about the history of Alabama White Sauce, let's take a look at the ingredients that typically go into making this delicious condiment.

As mentioned earlier, mayonnaise and vinegar are the main components of the sauce, but there are other key ingredients that give it its signature flavor. This will of course vary depending on who makes it though and what their preference in taste is!

Typical Ingredients:

  • Mayonnaise.

  • Apple cider vinegar, white distilled, or white wine vinegar.

  • Mustard, Dijon, or Creole mustard.

  • Worcestershire sauce.

  • Sugar or honey.

  • Honey.

  • Garlic, cumin, paprika, coriander, and/or chili powder.

  • Onion powder.

  • Black pepper.

  • Cayenne, or other types of peppers for spice.

white alabama sauce on a plate with wings

Instructions on Making Alabama White Sauce

Now that we know what typically goes into Alabama White Sauce, let's dive into the simple steps of how to make it at home.

Note: These measurements serve as a guide and you can adjust them according to your taste preferences.

Mixing Ingredients:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise.

  • 3/4 cup distilled apple cider vinegar.

  • 1 tablespoon pepper and salt.

  • 1 teaspoon sugar.

  • 1 lemon (juice).

  • 1/2 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce.

  • 1/2 teaspoon of hot sauce (we recommend this garlic hot sauce).


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients (except for the hot sauce).

  2. Whisk together until well combined and smooth.

  3. Gradually add in the hot sauce, tasting along the way to ensure it's not too spicy for your liking.

  4. Adjust seasoning as needed, adding more salt or sugar if desired.

  5. Let the sauce sit in the fridge for at least an hour before serving to allow the flavors to meld together and chill.

  6. Once chilled, serve with your favorite grilled meats or use as a marinade for chicken and pork.

Burnt Ends White Wraith - A Unique Twist on Alabama White Sauce

burnt ends white wraith white alabama sauce

While the traditional Alabama White Sauce is already delicious in its own right, there have been many variations and twists on this classic condiment.

If you don't have all the ingredients or feel like going through the trouble to make your own, we've got you covered!

Our favorite Alabama White Sauce is none other than Burnt Ends White Wraith. This sauce takes the traditional tangy taste of Alabama White Sauce and adds a SPICY that won't disappoint.

It's perfect for adding a kick to your barbecue dishes or for dipping your favorite fried foods in. Made with a blend of peppers and spices, you can taste the heat and flavor in every bite.

Trust us, once you try this sauce, there's no going back to your standard store bought version.

FAQs About Alabama White Sauce


Q: Does Alabama white sauce taste like ranch?

A: While both are creamy and tangy, Alabama White Sauce has a distinct flavor that sets it apart from ranch dressing. The addition of vinegar and spices gives it a unique taste that pairs perfectly with grilled meats. Ranch is thin and like buttermilk, while Alabama white sauce should be thicker with a tang.

Q: Why is it called Alabama white sauce?

A: It is believed that the sauce is called "white" because of its color, which comes from the combination of mayonnaise and vinegar. It originated in Alabama, specifically Northern Alabama, hence the name.

Q: What does Alabama white sauce taste like?

A: Alabama White Sauce has a tangy, slightly creamy and sweet, and can have a spicy kick from the addition of hot sauce or peppers.

Q: How long does Alabama white sauce last in the fridge?

A: If stored properly in an airtight container, Alabama White Sauce can typically last up to two weeks in the fridge. However, we recommend consuming it within a week for optimal freshness and taste.

white alabama sauce with chicken wings

Elevating Your BBQ Experience with Alabama White Sauce

Congratulations, now you have the knowledge and skills to make your own Alabama White Sauce at home! Whether you stick to the traditional recipe or try out a spicy twist like Burnt Ends White Wraith, this tangy condiment is sure to elevate your barbecue game.

So next time you fire up the grill, whip up a Alabama white sauce to take your dishes to the next level. Trust us, your taste buds will thank you!


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