White BBQ Sauce

by Sharon on August 19, 2018

We all have our favourite BBQ sauce but have you heard of White BBQ Sauce? It is tangy with a definite spicy kick. Fabulous  drizzled and on grilled chicken or spun into pulled sandwiches, this easy recipe is also keto, low carb and gluten free! Those are the perks of homemade. The mayo is homemade too! Learn how.

Basting brush dipped into a jar of homemade white BBQ sauce sauce sitting on a wooden board with a red checkered napkin and a cut lemon and jar of horseradish in the background

When the grill gets fired up everyone thinks about BBQ Sauce.

White BBQ Sauce was a discovery for me. It originated in an homemade Alabama  fire pit and the mayo based, horseradish and cayenne laced wonder has been drizzled over char grilled chicken legs ever since. 🙂


So here it is, the famous Alabama White BBQ Sauce.

White sauce in a glass jar on a wooden cutting board with a basting brush, jar of horseradish and a cut lemon in the background

I was perusing Pinterest the other day and came across this link for a BBQ sauce that was right up my alley.

It’s a mayonnaise based sauce which I love because I make my own mayo (and so can you). Horseradish is one of my favourite things and I am always looking for more ways to enjoy it and this sauce has it!


It all started in Alabama with a guy named Big Bob Gibson.

Legend has it he was a six foot three, three hundred pound railroad worker who loved BBQ so much he hand dug his own pit to fire his meats. He then concocted this this cool, tangy sauce to compliment his roasts.

It’s mayo, thinned out with apple cider vinegar then punched up a few notches with horseradish and some pepper.

A basting brush dipped into white BBQ sauce from a glass jar on a cutting board with c red checkered napkin and jar of horseradish in the background


A better question is how DON’T you use it.

It’s fabulous on grilled chicken. Baste it on a few minutes before the chicken is cooked and then use the rest for dipping.

Marinate your chicken in it!

Excellent in pulled pork or chicken sandwiches.

Use it as a dip for your roasted potatoes or french fries.


This sauce can be stored in a sealed glass jar, such as a small mason jar in kept in the fridge. You can shake it up in the jar or use a spoon to give it a stir before serving. Vinegar helps the life of this White BBQ Sauce and it should last up to two weeks refrigerated.

White sauce in a glass jar on a wooden cutting board with a basting brush, jar of horseradish and a cut lemon in the background

Yields 1 cup

Serves 4-6 servings

White BBQ Sauce

5 minPrep Time

5 minTotal Time

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  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp prepared horseradish
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tsp grainy mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne powder
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder


  1. Add all ingredients to a medium mixing bowl and use a wire whisk to blend them together until creamy and smooth.
  2. Store any leftovers in a sealed glass jar in the fridge for one to two weeks.


Diet :    
lacto vegetarian
ovo vegetarian
Allergy :    
gluten free
dairy free
egg free
soy free
wheat free
peanut free
seafood free
treenut free
sesame free

White sauce in a glass jar on a wooden cutting board with a basting brush, jar of horseradish and a cut lemon in the background


{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Healthy Kitchen 101 August 23, 2018 at 8:11 pm
It looks so right for the bbq and veggies! I'm going to give it a try soon. And do you have anything substitute for horseradish? - Natalie Ellis
Sharon August 24, 2018 at 3:30 pm
Thanks Natalie! You could try a spicy mustard instead of horseradish maybe?
Dana August 27, 2018 at 9:10 am
Honestly, I'd never heard of white BBQ sauce until I moved to the South. And the only reason I've heard about it is because so many people talk BBQ and compare BBQ sauce stories and have arguments over which is better. Needless to say, the South takes BBQ very seriously ;) With that said, given the fact that I'm in NC, I've yet to try this good stuff. Here, it's all about the vinegar-based sauce. But I'm a total sucker for mayo and treat myself to it once in a while, so I am in definite need to try this. It sounds and looks amazing. (And horseradish! YES PLEASE.)
Sharon August 27, 2018 at 9:55 am
I'm so jealous of your location! Even though BC is gorgeous I feel so drawn to all things Southern. I would LOVE to be sitting on a porch, arguing about whose BBQ sauce is better. ;) Thanks Dana!
Jo Vanderwolf August 27, 2018 at 9:42 am
I heard of white BBQ sauce years ago but never actually saw a recipe for it. This. Sounds. Amazing. I can't believe I have't tried it yet. Pinning this so I can try it soon. Thanks for sharing!
Sharon August 27, 2018 at 9:55 am
Thanks Jo! It is a true winner. So easy too!
Fouzia Husainy August 27, 2018 at 7:27 pm
Amazing combination of flavours, especially horseradish and grainy mustard, they make such a good pair. I love the pungent taste of horseradish and have always tried using it in marinades and dips. This is such a great idea of a white bbq sauce, never heard of it before, but so interesting. Thanks for sharing your recipe, just can't wait to try it out now.
Sharon August 27, 2018 at 7:43 pm
Thank you Fouzia! I could not agree more that horseradish and mustard are excellent together. :) Hope you enjoy it!
Kristen August 29, 2018 at 7:25 am
I have had it before and was so weary the first time I tried it...want too sure about having a sauce poured over that was primarily mayonnaise, but it is delicious!
Terri August 31, 2018 at 6:11 am
OMG I'm in love! You had me at horseradish :) Why have I never heard of this before? I seriously need this stuff in my life, on my roast beef, chicken, sandwiches, etc etc.. Can't wait to try it - yum!
Sharon August 31, 2018 at 1:08 pm
Thanks Terri! It's a keeper for sure. Enjoy the weekend. :)
Leanne | Crumb Top Baking August 31, 2018 at 4:34 pm
I've never heard of white BBQ sauce but it sounds like something my husband would love! I'll have to give it a try before grilling season is over!

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