Alabama White Sauce Recipe

You don't have to be from Alabama to appreciate a nice helping of Alabama white sauce. According to Serious Eats, this tangy sauce was indeed invented in Alabama, but it has gained popularity all over the country. Alabama white sauce features a thick mayonnaise base with some vinegar and a handful of other ingredients that makes it great to use as a dipping sauce, spread, or dip for a wide variety of foods. Dip your fries in it, spread it on a sandwich, or mix it up with coleslaw, or enjoy it as it was initially intended, with fried chicken and BBQ. While you can pick up a bottle of Alabama white sauce at some grocery stores, this stuff is best when it's homemade because you get tp experience it at its ultimate freshness.

Recipe developer Erin Johnson came up with this fantastic recipe that will bring some people back to their roots. "This sauce is so versatile! It's simple to make, with ingredients I always have on hand," Johnson notes. If this sounds like something that is right up your alley, then keep reading for instructions on how to make it in no time.

Gather the ingredients for this Alabama white sauce recipe

The first thing you will need to do is get the few ingredients to go into this sauce. Pick up mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, stone ground mustard, lemon juice, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, kosher salt, ground pepper, Old Bay seasoning, and red pepper flakes. "You can use either dark or light brown sugar. I have done both and can't tell the difference," Johnson notes.

Combine the mayonnaise, vinegar, and sugar

Grab a bowl that is large enough to fit all of your ingredients. The first few things you need to toss in are the mayonnaise, vinegar, and sugar. "I always use Duke's mayonnaise for this. Duke's is the most popular mayonnaise in the south for a good reason, and the flavor helps to make for a perfect sauce," Johnson shares. "You can substitute your favorite brand if you can't find it."

Use a whisk to combine everything well, ensuring there are no sugar lumps before moving on to the next step.

Add the mustard, lemon juice, horseradish, and Worcestershire

There are still a few more ingredients that you need to add to the mix. In this step, just dump in the mustard, lemon juice, horseradish, and Worcestershire, and whisk to combine.

Season the sauce

Add the salt, ground pepper, Old Bay seasoning, and red pepper flakes. Stir again to combine. When it comes to seasoning for this sauce, you can just base it on personal preference and add a little more or less depending on your "style."  Johnson notes that "Alabama white sauce isn't typically spicy, but you can add heat by adding more red pepper or cayenne."

Serve your Alabama white sauce

Believe it or not, the sauce is already complete. The only thing you need to do is serve it with your favorite dish. Johnson provides a few of her go-to serving suggestions for this Alabama white sauce. "This sauce is great as a BBQ sauce or a wing sauce. It also works perfectly as a slaw dressing, veggie dip... really anything," Johnson notes. Of course, it would also be great on a sandwich.

This is also good to make ahead of time. "This keeps in the fridge for up to 2 weeks," Johnson shares.

Alabama White Sauce Recipe
5 from 31 ratings
Enjoy your next homemade BBQ chicken with this classic Alabama white sauce.
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alabama white sauce in jar
Total time: 5 minutes
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon stone ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  1. Combine the mayonnaise, vinegar, and brown sugar. Whisk until well combined ensuring there aren't any lumps of sugar.
  2. Add the mustard, lemon juice, horseradish, and Worcestershire. Stir well.
  3. Stir in the salt, pepper, Old Bay, and red pepper flakes. Taste the sauce, adjust seasonings as desired, and serve.
Calories per Serving 108
Total Fat 11.3 g
Saturated Fat 1.7 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 5.6 mg
Total Carbohydrates 1.4 g
Dietary Fiber 0.1 g
Total Sugars 1.2 g
Sodium 87.0 mg
Protein 0.1 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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