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White Barbecue Sauce – It’s creamy, tangy, versatile, and the perfect dip or spread. Pair this White BBQ Sauce with fried or grilled chicken, pork, fries, sandwiches, or as a base for chicken salad. It’ll jazz up any piece of meat.

Additionally, I marinate with it, use it to baste, and use it as an all-purpose table sauce. The possibilities are endless!

White Barbecue Sauce

White Barbecue Sauce

White Barbecue Sauce is a regional favorite. A traditional Alabama BBQ sauce, this vinegar-based sauce has quickly become a favorite with anyone that’s tried it. It’s not what you envision when you think of barbecue sauce. At all. It’s white and not sweet. It has a vinegar base, not a tomato base like most barbecue sauces. However, with all the differences it sure is good!

It’s ridiculously easy to make. You just whisk everything together in a bowl until smooth, then pour into a jar and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. It’s so simple, but so, so good.

White Barbecue Sauce


White BBQ Sauce for grilling barbecue

What is White Barbecue Sauce Made of?

This sauce starts with mayonnaise and is thinned out with vinegar. Next, it gets a flavor kick from lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper.

What does Alabama White Sauce taste like?

It’s creamy and tangy and has a good ‘dose’ of freshly ground black pepper giving it just enough kick. You’ll definitely want to use freshly ground pepper, it makes a world of difference with the flavor!

White BBQ Sauce for grilling barbecue

Is Alabama White BBQ Sauce the same as Ranch dressing?

No. Ranch is creamy with dill. Alabama White Sauce is tangy with a black pepper flavor.

White BBQ Sauce for grilling barbecue

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Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary based on the products used. Nutritional information is total for this recipe.

White barbecue sauce on a basting brush.

White Barbecue Sauce

Creamy with loads of pepper, this white barbecue sauce is a favorite of Southerners. Use this sauce as a dipping sauce or a marinade and paint it on chicken then grill.
Author: Paula
4.91 from 11 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
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  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper tablespoon is correct


  • In a small bowl, combine all ingredients.
  • Whisk until smooth. Transfer to an air-tight container and refrigerator for 2 hours before serving.
  • Refrigerate leftover in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.


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Calories: 1244kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 134g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 2071mg | Potassium: 86mg | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 0.7mg
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  1. 4 stars
    I appreciate this recipe since so many white BBQ sauces include horseradish and I despise the stuff. This recipe is good. I added paprika and just a little dijon mustard for some extra kick, but that caused it to not stay so “white” (which is fine by me!). Yum. I normally hate pepper, but I didn’t mind this at all.

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