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Try this white Alabama BBQ sauce to change up your BBQ sauce routine. It’s great on chicken and ribs and is so easy to make.
A Different BBQ Sauce
In Alabama, BBQ sauce isn’t the usual.
First of all, there’s no tomato base, so the sauce is white. But the sauce is every bit as tangy as it’s better-known counterpart. It just gets it’s flavor from more unusual ingredients.
If you’ve never tried it before, I think you’ll really flip over the taste. My friend Pat, who is a native Alabamian, says she loves this sauce so much, she’d drink it with a straw!
One of the flavor secrets in this sauce is horseradish.
Yes, you can use the kind you find on the dairy case shelf–and the white, not the red kind. That’s pretty obvious!
With the bottled stuff from the dairy case, you’ll get decent flavor–with a bit of acidity to boot, but it’s so much better to get an actual horseradish root and grate it fresh.
Your eyes will tear and your nose will run. Hey the stuff is potent, but there’s a silver lining here. If you suffer from sinus issues, THIS will clear your head guaranteed, and it’s all natural too!
Fresh horseradish will last quite a while if you put it in a pot and bury it in garden dirt or plain potting soil. A little goes a long way, but the flavor is unbeatable.
Mayonnaise Or Miracle Whip
It’s pretty much a toss-up what to use here.
I personally prefer mayonnaise–and the regular variety since I don’t get fancy with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, etc. I prefer the plain old variety sold for centuries!
However, I do think Miracle Whip aka “cooked salad dressing” would be a tasty substitute here.
What I’d do if I used Miracle Whip is mix it up first without the dijon mustard nor the cider vinegar. If it tastes good to you, then there’s your sauce. If you think it needs a bit more oomph and tartness, then add the mustard and the vinegar.
Alabama BBQ Sauce
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 3 tbsp prepared or freshly grated horseradish the white variety
- 1/4 cup cider vinegar
- 1 tsp dijon mustard
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- Mix all ingredients in a small bowl.
- Place in a covered container and refrigerate until ready to use.