Alabama White Sauce

As an Amazon Associate, we may earn commissions from qualifying purchases from

This iconic condiment is a true Southern classic.

Head down to Alabama, and you’ll find Alabama White Sauce on pork chops, spare ribs, and grilled chicken. It’s one of our favorite sauces to cook with! It puts Grilled Chicken Skewers off-the-charts delicious! And, it can be made days in advance!

A straight-on view of a small glass jar filled with Alabama white sauce next to grilled chicken on metal skewers.

How To Make Alabama White Sauce

This is a deeply flavorful BBQ sauce that is so simple to put together.

We make a batch and then put it on everything from grilled chicken, burgers, veggies, and beyond!


NOTE: If you liked this video, please subscribe to our YouTube channel. Remember to click the little ‘bell’ icon so you’ll never miss a new video. Thank you!

The Ingredients You Will Need

The ingredient list for this amazing sauce is not exotic at all, and many of the items you will probably have on hand.

Here’s What You’ll Need to Have on Hand

MayonnaiseHomemade is great, but good-quality purchased is great, too. We recommend Dukes or Hellmans.
Vinegar – Apple cider is recommended, but you could substitute white wine or plain white vinegar.
Corn syrup – Dark is best.
Horseradish sauce – Get prepared sauce in the condiments section of your supermarket.
Seasonings – Salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.
Jalapeño – Pickled, finely chopped is perfect. (These are the kind you use on nachos).

A person scraping chopped pickled jalapeno peppers into a glass bowl filled with mayonnaise, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and apple cider vinegar.

How To Serve

This extremely flavorful sauce is great for dipping or basting while grilling or roasting. You can learn all about the origins of this iconic Southern BBQ sauce here.

This White BBQ Sauce is so rich and incredibly flavorful.

The dark corn syrup is lightly sweet and it incredible matched against the acidic apple cider vinegar and horseradish sauce. The cayenne pepper and pickled jalapeños give it just a little kick, but not too much!

Dark corn syrup being poured from a small white bowl into a larger glass bowl filled with the ingredients for Alabama white sauce.

As mentioned, this sauce is absolutely incredible as condiment for so many grilled, smoked, or even baked proteins and vegetables.

It’s also wonderful to use for basting and simmering.

Probably one of the best grilled chicken dishes we’ve ever served is Grilled Chicken Skewers with Alabama White Sauce!

An overhead view of grilled chicken skewers with Alabama sauce on a piece of crumpled brown wax paper.

Ready to make the best sauce this side of Birmingham, Alabama? Then go for it! You’re going to love it!

And when you do, be sure to take a photograph of it, post it on Instagram, and tag @HowoToFeedaLoon and hashtag @HowToFeedaLoon!

Alabama white sauce transferring onto a piece of skewered grilled chicken from a large silver spoon.

Alabama White Sauce

Alabama White Sauce can be found all over the Southeast Southern states of the U.S. We love how the horseradish blends so perfectly with the vinegar and pepper for an amazingly delicious tangy sauce! Use on pork chops, ribs, and grilled chicken.
5 from 1 vote
Print Pin Rate
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: Alabama Sauce, BBQ Sauce, Southern condiment
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 167kcal


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp dark corn syrup
  • 1 tbsp prepared horseradish sauce
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice Usually one half of a lemon
  • ½ tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp pickled jalapeno, minced


  • Combine the ingredients in a bowl and whisk together.
  • Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 24 hours before serving.


See the video near the top of the blog post for visual guidance. If you liked the video, please subscribe to our YouTube channel
The sauce will keep covered in the fridge for up to 10 days. 


Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 266mg | Potassium: 15mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 57IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.1mg
Tried this recipe? Take a Picture!Mention @HowToFeedALoon or tag #HowToFeedALoon!

POST UPDATE: This recipe was originally published in July 2016, but was updated with improved tweaks to the recipe with new tips and photography and a fabulous new video in September 2023!

1 Comment

  • 5 stars
    Super delicious, not overwhelming (spicy!) and so very easy to make! Served it with the grilled chicken kabobs! Brilliant!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating