Residents of Alabama know that barbecue sauce doesn’t have to always be tomato-based, smoky or even sweet.
The creation of white barbecue sauce, often called “Alabama White,” is credited to Robert “Big Bob'” Gibson at Big Bob Gibson's Bar-B-Q restaurant, in Decatur, Ala., in 1925.
The mayonnaise-based sauce is typically balanced with some acid, like apple cider vinegar or mustard (or both) along with a splash of Worcestershire sauce, some heat (with horseradish or hot sauce) and spices.
It’s typically paired with chicken, but it can be just as delicious on pork, or as a dipping sauce for vegetables or a variety of fried foods, and can also be spread on sandwiches.
Market research firm Datassential reports that white barbecue sauce is currently found on 1% of U.S. menus, up 45% over the past four years.
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