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Have you ever tried White Barbecue Sauce? This Alabama classic is zesty, creamy and fantastic!

White Barbecue Sauce - This Alabama classic is zesty, creamy and fantastic!

Ever since we shared this recipe, Jack and I have been obsessed with White Barbecue Sauce!  It’s a zesty, tangy mayonnaise-based sauce that gets a great kick of flavor from the addition of vinegar, horseradish and mustard, plus minced fresh garlic and coarsely ground black pepper.

Recipes for White Barbecue Sauce are all over the internet, and our recipe below is an adaptation of a recipe found in Southern Living.  Their article here traces the recipe back to Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q in Decatur, Alabama where the popular barbecue joint created their white barbecue sauce back in 1925.

White Barbecue Sauce - This Alabama classic is zesty, creamy and fantastic!

The original recipe calls for Creole mustard – but we weren’t able to find it locally so we swapped in a zesty whole grain mustard instead. (The sauce was still wonderful!) You can find Creole mustard online here.

Although we stayed fairly true to the original recipe below, I would imagine you could have some fun with this White Barbecue Sauce recipe – varying the type of vinegar used, swapping in different mustards, and even adding in different seasonings if you’d like! (The original recipe also added in a quarter-cup of water to their White Barbecue Sauce, but we liked a thicker consistency so we left it out.)

P.S. Click here for our White Barbecue Chicken recipe!  It is fantastic and a must-make recipe!

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White Barbecue Sauce - A Family Feast

White Barbecue Sauce

  • Author: A Family Feast
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups
  • Category: salad dressing
  • Method: stirred
  • Cuisine: Southern American


  • 1½ cups mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard (or Creole mustard)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh garlic, finely minced
  • 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish


  1. Place all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine.
  2. Use in place of any red barbecue sauce.

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White Barbecue Sauce - This Alabama classic is zesty, creamy and fantastic!

White Barbecue Sauce


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  • Nancy Carroll wrote:

    Since finding this sauce, I keep it on hand because we haven’t found anything it doesn’t taste good with. Thanks for sharing

    • Martha wrote:

      You’re welcome Nancy! Glad you enjoy the sauce

  • Katie Kosloske wrote:

    Can something be used in place of the Mayo?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Katie – I don’t think this sauce will taste the same without it.

  • Stuart Grossman wrote:

    This was fabulous. I made it as directed then after tasting it amped it up with a bit more horseradish and mustard. I then added 2 or so tbsp of brown sugar, again just because of personal and household taste preferences. Easy and delicious.
    We are always looking for non-tomato based BBQ due to digestive sensitivity and this solves for it as well as delivers just a plain great BBQ sauce.

    • Martha wrote:

      Glad you liked the recipe Stuart!

  • Kim wrote:

    What can you use if you don’t have white wine vinegar?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Kim – You could use red wine vinegar or rice wine vinegar. If all you have is apple cider or white vinegars, I’d cut the amount used in half.

  • Susan wrote:

    This may be a ridiculous question but what does “prepared” horseradish mean? Is it cooked?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Susan – Not a ridiculous question at all! Prepared horseradish is typically sold in the refrigerated section of the supermarket in small jars and it is ‘prepared’ meaning it’s shredded and I’m sure it’s pasteurized before going in the jar. You can also find horseradish root in the produce section or horseradish sauce in condiments – which is a creamy, mayonnaise-like sauce – but you want the ‘prepared’ version for this recipe. We usually buy Boar’s Head (sold in the deli section) or Gold’s brand – and it says prepared right on the label. Hope that helps!

  • Emily wrote:

    Is the horseradish a must for this sauce? Unfortunately not too big on it. Thanks!

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Emily – It adds a nice zesty flavor to the sauce – but you wouldn’t necessarily know that it is horseradish. (I suppose you could try adding a zesty mustard in it’s place.)

  • Melanie wrote:

    My husband, an extremely picky eater, loved your White Barbecue Chicken! He especially loved the sauce since he rarely likes chicken recipes and suggested we use it on other foods as well. I cannot thank you enough for a recipe I know we will enjoy frequently.

  • beth lancaster wrote:

    Do you have the nutritional value for this recipe please?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Beth – I’ve just added the information to the bottom of the recipe card.

  • Margaret Bent wrote:

    Love this recipe! It’s so full of flavour. I was wondering how long it will stay in the fridge??

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Margaret – This should stay fresh for about a week (maybe a little longer).

  • Kody Loveless wrote:

    Wow I never thought about how many different types of BBQ sauce there are. White sauce sounds pretty amazing though I am partial to traditional BBQ sauce. That hot dog looked amazing. I never thought about putting BBQ on a hot dog. This has been some great food for thought. Thanks!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Kody!

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