White Barbecue Sauce

Have you ever had white barbecue sauce? In the South most people will tell you once you’ve had this version, you won’t want to go back to the red-style again. White Barbecue Sauce is creamy with a mildly spicy kick and makes a great dipping sauce as well as a baste for grilled chicken. 

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Whew! Fourth of July weekend– always a whirlwind of good friends and a multitude of backyard barbecues. Virtually everyone’s menu consists of one or more of the grilled staples.

Some sort of barbecue, burgers & dogs, kebabs, etc. Our menu was no exception– except we did decide to bring something a bit different to this year’s party.

In addition to nam prik shrimp kebabs, burgers and dogs, we also went with barbecued chicken. I’m sure when I say that you immediately think of the familiar reddish-brown sauce most of us are used to.

However, we decided to throw a curve ball and opted for a white-based version this year. And it got rave reviews- from both the kids and the adults.

White Barbecue Sauce

We just love this sauce, also known as Alabama White Barbecue Sauce. It makes a great baste for juicy grilled chicken.

It even works as a marinade for breasts, tenderloins, even wings. It tenderizes the meat like no other, all while infusing it with flavor.

The kids even like swapping it out for traditional barbecue as a dipping sauce for their nuggets. I’ve seen them dip their fries in it too, even caught them chip-dipping it a time or two.

This stuff’s finger lickin’ good y’all.

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Don’t be afraid to change things up. Especially in this case, change is a deliciously good thing.

This creamy mayonnaise-based sauce is versatile– able to be used in lou of your regular barbecue sauce in almost any application. It’s zesty, tangy, offering a hint of spice and a mild kick that’re highly addictive.

It’s quick and easy to throw together and sure to become a new favorite, and a refrigerator staple. 

White Barbecue Sauce

A zesty white-based barbecue sauce that's easy to throw together and can be used in virtually any way you'd use the traditional red-based alternative.
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Course: Grilled, Sauce
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 195kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp whole grain mustard
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic fresh is best
  • 2-3 tsp prepared horseradish


  • Add all of the ingredients into a blender. Blend until the sauce is smooth.
  • Use it in place of any red barbecue sauce.


Store any extra in an airtight tupper ware or sealed mason jar. This will keep for up to a week.


Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 390mg | Potassium: 6mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 18IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg
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4 thoughts on “White Barbecue Sauce

    1. I nominate horseradish as my most favorite condiment ever! It’s my favorite way to give a dish a little kick. And this sauce is a game changer, especially when it comes to chicken.

  1. You don’t see white bbq sauce very much and it’s a shame because it’s absolutely delicious. Love your sauce. Thanks so much for bringing to the party.

    1. Thanks, Suzanne! And yeah, it seems to be a Southern thing but still only becoming more common the further south and west you go.

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