A classic grilling sauce, made to be keto and low carb friendly. This tangy, sugar free BBQ sauce makes a great addition to grilled poultry, pork, or even as a dressing or base for coleslaw!
As an avid griller and barbecuer, I have learned to get quite creative with keto BBQ sauces and rubs to fit into my low carb diet and lifestyle. Though more low carb BBQ sauce recipes can be store bought these days, nothing in my opinion beats a homemade rub or sauce, especially when its made from pantry staples.
This keto BBQ sauce recipe is my take on a classic Alabama white sauce. I figured I needed to complete the regional BBQ sauces since I already have a delicious Keto KC Style BBQ Sauce and Keto Carolina Style Mustard Sauce. Alabama needed some representation too!
This sauce is spicy (from the horseradish), tangy (from the vinegar), and not only pairs really great over Crispy Grilled Chicken Quarters, but pairs with seafood (shrimp), and even would work as a dressing in a low carb coleslaw.
Get the full recipe below and read through the post for additional tips and tricks for the perfect sauce!
- Mixing Bowl
- Measuring Cups & Spoons
What is Alabama white sauce?
A classic Alabama white sauce is predominantly mayonnaise based, is cut with vinegar and often sweetened with sugar or corn syrup. The recipe first originated with chef Lily of Big Bob Gibson BBQ and has been a common regional sauce used throughout BBQ in the South.
What does Alabama white sauce taste like?
If you’re a fan of coleslaw then you will in fact, be a fan of this take on a BBQ friendly sauce. When I first heard of a mayonnaise based sauce being poured over chicken (I love it on grilled wings especially), I will admit I was slightly disturbed but also intrigued.
This sauce is more of a dressing in my opinion than a sauce per say. Though mayo makes up the base, it’s cut with a decent amount of apple cider vinegar and lemon juice creating a thinner, tangier sauce. The acidic nature of the vinegar and lemon juice pairs well with the creaminess of the mayo.
If you’re on a whole 30 diet or looking to avoid some of the additives in modern day mayo (and don’t plan on making your own), swap the classic mayo of avocado mayo if you prefer.
How to make a white BBQ sauce keto?
My variation on this eliminates any added sugar or artificial low carb sweetener. Honestly, I don’ think it needs it. If you’re a long time keto or low carb eater, you will probably agree when I say that my tolerance for sweetness has completely changed. Thus, making it unnecessary to add.
Other common ingredients are just household staple condiments. I used:
- Mayonnaise (use your favorite brand or swap with avocado mayo too)
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Horseradish (adds a decent amount of heat and spice)
- Tabasco Hot Sauce
- Lemon Juice
- Dijon Mustard (or other mustard of your choice)
- Spices- Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder
This dressing style “sauce” is easy to whip together by simply adding all the ingredients to a bowl and whisking until smooth. Like a good chili, sauces like this can be served right away but always taste better after a little time is allowed for the flavors to marry.
What do I serve a Alabama white BBQ sauce with?
Anything you desire! However, I think it honestly goes best with chicken or fish/ seafood. You could even pair it with roasted or grilled veggies, as a salad dressing, or a base for a low carb “fauxtato” salad or coleslaw.
Try these keto recipes to pair this style of BBQ sauce with:
- 3/4 cup Mayo
- 1 tbsp. Dijon Mustard
- 1 tbsp. Horseradish
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
- 5-6 Dashes of Tabasco
- 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1. In a mixing bowl, simply combine all the ingredients and mix with a whisk until you create a cohesive sauce.
- 2. Store in the fridge for up to a week and use as a BBQ sauce, dressing, or base for coleslaw!