Sweet Home Alabama White Barbecue Sauce

If you are a first-timer to the world of this tangy, mayo-based sauce, we will be expecting your thank you note in the mail.

Pulled Chicken Sandwich with White Barbecue Sauce & Cucumber Tomato Salad

Sweet Home Alabama...the state known for Southern cuisine from its tip down to its coast. From fried shrimp po'boys to oysters on the halfshell, catfish n' hushpuppies to buttermilk fried chicken and everything in between, 'Bama has a little something for every food lover *. Bless the hearts of those who have not yet had the opportunity to visit this fine state and revel in its food culture.

It comes as no surprise that Alabama does not just do barbecue, it does it remarkably well. Ranging from a wide variety of styles (Texan, Alabamian, Appalachian, just to name a few) and sauces (thin vinegar-based to rich ketchup-based), Alabama's barbecue hits the mark across each of its regions. We think it vital you know about one of those sauces in particular: Alabama White Barbecue Sauce.

jar of Dukes mayonnaise

This unique sauce is said to have originated in 1925 North Alabama with the Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Que restaurant in Decatur. It is typically built from mayonnaise (we prefer Duke's!), apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, cayenne, and salt & pepper. A little sugar may be added to cut the tang. White Barbecue Sauce is best used for dressing chicken, pork or turkey once cooked and is also delicious on cole slaw or as a dipping sauce for fries. Prefer to go the vegetarian route? Try drizzling over a grilled portobello mushroom. No matter which way you choose, we think you will find a way to indulge in this off-the-beaten path barbecue sauce.

Easy Homemade Alabama White Barbecue Sauce

You'll need:

1/4 cup Duke's mayonnaise

1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard

1 teaspoon cider vinegar or white wine vinegar (or more, to taste)

1 teaspoon seasoning blend: equal parts salt, paprika, garlic powder, and black pepper (or more, to taste)

Optional, to taste: sugar, hot sauce, lemon juice, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce

1) Combine all ingredients into a bowl; mix well.

2) Chill if desired, taste and adjust seasoning with hot sauce, salt, sugar and vinegar prior to serving. Enjoy!

white bbq sauce spooned over chicken breast

~ The Southern Foodways Alliance continues to impress us by imparting knowledge of Southern food to the world. They have an interesting article about all the other varieties of Alabama barbecue and sauces that we highly recommend.

~ Whether you live in Alabama or just may pay it a visit some day, check out the 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die {cue stomach grumblings}.

* While essential ingredients (such as Duke's Mayo) will always remain staples of this region, Alabama cuisine has taken a major turn in the culinary world. Local chefs are now embracing the "New South" by featuring modern takes on the classics. Chef Frank Stitt of the famous Birmingham Chez Fon Fon, Bottega and Highlands Bar and Grill is leading this movement in his commitment to sourcing local ingredients. Meanwhile, Chris Hastings of Hot and Hot Fish Club brings seasonal ingredients to the forefront while Wesley True explores fine dining with a farm-inspired flair at his Montgomery restaurant.

We could put Alabama white BBQ sauce on just about anything, but here are a few of our favorite recipes...

Pulled Chicken Sandwich with White Barbecue Sauce & Cucumber-Tomato Salad

Seared Chicken with White Barbecue Sauce & Fried Green Tomatoes

Catfish with White Barbecue Sauce & Green Beans