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Alabama White Barbecue Sauce

Alabama White Barbecue Sauce

Serves: 8 to 10 (Makes about 2 1/2 cups)

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2 cups mayonnaise (see note)
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients until completely combined. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper, if desired.

Photo Credit: Lauren Booker

About the recipe

Made popular by Big Bob Gibson's BBQ restaurant in Decatur, Alabama, white BBQ sauce has a mayonnaise base that is enhanced by the acidity of apple cider vinegar and lemon juice. It can practically double as a cole slaw dressing. While it may be a bit of an unusual pairing with meats like brisket and pork shoulder, white BBQ sauce works beautifully with chicken and turkey. The key is to use the sauce as a finishing component, rather than a part of the cooking process.

We like to use Duke's Mayonnaise in this recipe.