This White BBQ Sauce is a rich and tangy twist on traditional barbecue sauce. Made with mayo, horseradish, and seasonings, the bold flavors pair perfectly with grilled meats and so much more!
Grilled meats and vegetables can always benefit from an extra something to infuse layers of flavor. That’s why I love to experiment with marinades, glazes, and sauces when grilling season rolls around. You can transform an ordinary chicken thigh into a work of art with a simple mango marinade or a barbecue sauce glaze.
If you love grilled or smoked meats with added tang and creaminess, you’re going to love my White BBQ Sauce recipe! Made with a handful of simple ingredients and seasonings, the bold flavors in this creamy southern sauce are perfect to layer on pork chops and grilled chicken or to serve as a dip with french fries, green bean fries, or zucchini fries.
The signature kick in this unique Alabama white sauce comes from the horseradish. Mixed with spicy brown mustard, vinegar, and paprika, the flavor profile is bright, tangy, rich, and just a little bit spicy. It’s a great go-to sauce to mix things up at your family barbecues or when you want to impart unique flavors on your favorite meals.
What is white barbecue sauce?
- White BBQ sauce (or Alabama white sauce) is a tangy, rich, and creamy twist on traditional tomato barbecue sauce. It’s typically made from mayonnaise, horseradish, spicy mustard, vinegar, and a handful of savory spices to give it a tart and tangy bite with a hint of spice.
The original white barbecue sauce recipe was invented by Robert Gibson at Big Bob Gibson’s Bar-B-Q in Alabama. They lathered the sauce all over smoked chicken and other meats, giving them unique flavors you couldn’t find anywhere else. These days, you can find bottled white BBQ sauce in most grocery stores in the south. If you can’t find it, it’s simple to make at home!
How to make white BBQ sauce
Add all of the sauce ingredients to a bowl or jar and stir them together. That’s it!
Either use the Alabama sauce right away or seal the jar and keep it in your fridge for up to 1 week.
- Increase the spice: Make the sauce tangier or a little spicy by stirring in hot horseradish and a touch of your favorite hot sauce or buffalo sauce.
- Without horseradish: Horseradish provides the signature kick in this bbq sauce but if you can’t find it, you can leave it out entirely or use extra brown mustard instead.
- Seasonings: Add Old Bay, a Cajun blend, or replace the paprika with a pinch of cayenne.
- Without mayonnaise: Try swapping the mayonnaise with sour cream or plain Greek yogurt. These will help the sauce taste light without losing the tang.
Uses for white BBQ sauce:
- Dressing: On grilled meats like pork chops and chicken thighs or on salad, pizza, and burgers.
- As a dip: For chicken tenders, french fries, zucchini fries, sweet potato fries, or buffalo tofu bites.
- On vegetables: Like brussels sprouts and roasted broccoli.
- Glaze it: As you grill potatoes, lamb, pork, and chicken.
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White BBQ Sauce
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon spicy brown mustard
- 1 Tablespoon creamy horseradish
- 2 cloves garlic (grated or minced)
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- In a small bowl, stir together the white BBQ sauce ingredients.
- Store covered in the refrigerator until ready to use. Will keep for up to 1 week.