Alabama BBQ Chicken with White BBQ sauce

They eat good in Alabama. Alabama BBQ Chicken with White BBQ Sauce is spiced up grilled chicken offset with an excellent mayonnaise-based white BBQ sauce. A wonderful taste combo that is easy to recreate at home.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 pieces
Calories: 516kcal
Author: Dan Mikesell AKA DrDan


  • 1 whole chicken cut up
  • 1 cup smoking chips


  • 2 teaspoon table salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice optional
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon horseradish
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper to taste


  • 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.
  • Clean, oil, and preheat grill to a surface temperature of about 450 degrees and set up a method of smoking. When you add the chicken, add smoking chips to grill by whatever method you use for smoking. A disposable pan is quite adequate.
  • Clean chicken removing any excess skin and any solid trim-able fat. Cut breasts in half.
  • Then mix seasoning: 2 teaspoons table salt, 2 teaspoons black pepper, and 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Apply seasoning to all sides of chicken.
  • Place chicken on the grill skin side up and add the smoke chips. Close the grill lid. Flip about every 4-5 minutes. Cook until internal temp of 165. About 25 minutes depending on sizes of chicken pieces and grill temperature. You will need to turn off on the side of the grill to move the smaller pieces to while finishing bigger pieces.
  • Remove to a chopping board and coat all sides with sauce. Tent for 10 minutes with aluminum foil. Re-coat with sauce and serve the sauce on the side.


Pro Tips

  1. This is for chicken with skin not skinless.
  2. The BBQ sauce is located at
  3. The lemon juice is optional.
  4. Cook by the internal temperature of the chicken pieces. NOT BY TIME ALONE. I like the thighs and legs to be 185 and the rest at 165.
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Calories: 516kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 180mg | Sodium: 2921mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.01g | Vitamin A: 550IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.7mg