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Alabama-Style White Barbecue Sauce

Rated as 4.79 out of 5 Stars

"This incredibly easy-to-make Alabama white barbecue sauce was invented in 1925 by Robert 'Big Bob' Gibson at Big Bob Gibson's Bar-B-Q restaurant, in Decatur. Don't let this mixture's appearance stop you from trying what is a devastatingly delicious marinade, basting sauce, and serving sauce."
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servings 540
Original recipe yields 6 servings (3 cups)


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  1. Mix mayonnaise, vinegar, horseradish, lemon juice, black pepper, mustard, salt, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder together in a bowl. Whisk together thoroughly until creamy and smooth. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.


  • Cook's Note:
  • When basting, brush two or three applications on each side toward the end of cooking over more indirect heat. It sears on nicely. As a table sauce, it's great on any of the traditional barbecued meats, but since it's really just a salad dressing, it's also wonderful for making potato salad, coleslaw, and grilled vegetables.
  • You can use this sauce on chicken, ribs, pulled pork, or any fatty meat.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 540 calories; 58.4 4.7 1 28 788 Full nutrition

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I made five BBQ sauces today to get a head start on the 40 pound whole hog I will be fixing for Thanksgiving and I've got to say that this one was the best hands down. None of the sauces I made ...

Very easy, very tasty. I could not find extra hot horseradish and didn't measure the vinegar, which dominated a bit, so I will be more cautious with that next time. Also, it goes a long way, so ...

Easy to make, tastes great. Great for marinating, basting, and garnishing after cooked. Marinated chicken thighs and a thick cut pork chop; flavors were incredible. Will do this next for BBQ ...

I love this stuff. Going to make cole slaw with it

I didn't have a lemon so I used the only lime I had. I couldn't find "extra hot" horseradish so I made do with what Food Lion had. Next year it'll be home grown. That being said, I'm excited for...

How do I love this? Let me count the ways!!! I originally made it for Pulled Pork and it was wonderful on that. But it's also great as a dip for French Fries and makes an outstanding Cole slaw...

This is an awesome recipe. Everyone must do this and I only use skin-on thighs, but everyone loves it and asks for it often. This is a big party hit and always set aside the sauce for extra di...

I made this for a family BBQ and it turned out great! Our guests enjoyed the sauce on some smoked chicken and ribs. The next time I prepare the sauce, I will add a bit more cayenne and horsera...

Hubby loved it and uses it on so many things. Last night we even put it on corn on the cob. I will use a bit less vinegar next time per my taste.