Alabama White Barbecue Sauce

Southern Kitchen

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

Hands On Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


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.

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.