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Alabama White Sauce

Prep Time:

Cook Time:

5 Minutes

Serves:

2 Cups

Level:

Beginner

About the Recipe

Today, we’re bringing a Southern barbecue classic right to your kitchen — Alabama White Sauce.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Mayonnaise

  • 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce

  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder

  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Preparation


This zesty, creamy sauce is a beloved staple in Alabama, known for its unique flavor profile that pairs perfectly with a variety of meats. It’s tangy from the apple cider vinegar, rich from the mayonnaise, with a hint of spice from the Dijon mustard and a depth of flavor from the Worcestershire sauce. In the heart of barbecue tradition, a unique concoction stands out, not for its deep red hue but for its creamy, tangy essence. Alabama White BBQ Sauce, a creation that diverges from the conventional barbecue sauce path, offers a refreshing twist to grilled delights. Originating from the inventive kitchens of Alabama, this sauce has etched its mark on the barbecue map, thanks to its distinctive flavor profile and versatility.


The Genesis of a Culinary Staple


The story of Alabama White BBQ Sauce begins with Robert Gibson at Big Bob Gibson’s Bar-B-Q in Decatur, Alabama. This innovative sauce was crafted not just as an accompaniment but as a central feature, generously applied to chicken before serving. Its base, unlike the tomato or vinegar foundations of its counterparts, is mayonnaise, which lends it a creamy texture and a unique ability to complement a wide range of meats.


Crafting the Sauce


The simplicity of making Alabama White BBQ Sauce is part of its charm. The ingredients are straightforward, yet each plays a pivotal role in achieving the perfect balance of flavors:


  • Mayonnaise: The creamy backbone of the sauce.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Adds a tangy kick, though white vinegar can be substituted.

  • Dijon Mustard & Worcestershire Sauce: Provide depth and a slight tang.

  • Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Black Pepper, Salt: These seasonings round out the flavor, adding spice and zest.


Here’s how to make your own Alabama White Sauce:


Ingredients:


  • 1 cup Mayonnaise

  • 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce

  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder

  • Salt and Pepper to taste


Instructions:

  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, and Dijon mustard until well combined.

  2. Add the Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and onion powder. Mix thoroughly to ensure the spices are evenly distributed.

  3. Season with salt and pepper to your liking.

  4. For the best flavor, cover and refrigerate the sauce for at least 30 minutes before serving. This allows the flavors to meld together beautifully.


Serving Suggestions: Alabama White Sauce is versatile and can be used as a marinade, dipping sauce, or a dressing for salads. It’s traditionally served with smoked or grilled chicken, but it also pairs wonderfully with pork, beef, and even as a zesty addition to your burgers or sandwiches.


Featured Recipe: Smoked Chicken with Alabama White Sauce


  • Marinate your chicken in a portion of the Alabama White Sauce for at least an hour before cooking.

  • Smoke or grill your chicken to perfection.

  • Serve with a side of Alabama White Sauce for dipping.


This sauce is sure to become a favorite at your next barbecue. It’s a simple recipe with complex flavors that can elevate any cookout. Give it a try and let us know how it goes!


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