Alabama White BBQ Sauce

A surprisingly wonderful mayonnaise-based sauce that you need to try today. You will not believe how good they have it in Alabama.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy, Southern, Traditional
Servings: 8
Calories: 148
Author: Dan Mikesell AKA DrDan


  • 3/4 cup mayo I used low fat and it was great
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 Tablespoons lemon juice optional see discussion
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon horseradish
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Mix 3/4 cup mayo ( I used low fat, and it was great), 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice (optional see discussion), 2 teaspoons sugar, 1/2 teaspoon table salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, 1/2 teaspoon horseradish, and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper.
  • Refrigerate covered for 1 hour. May store for 2 days.


The sauce here is modeled after an American Test Kitchen/Cooks Country recipe. That recipe had no lemon juice. Most other Alabama White BBQ sauce do. So it is there as an “option”. In practice, I add 1 tablespoon and feel that 2 tablespoons is a bit much. I think ATK was wrong to leave it out.


Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 0.02g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.002g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.002g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 233mg | Potassium: 2mg | Fiber: 0.05g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 1mg