Alabama White Chicken

A piece of Alabama white chicken served on a layer of baked beans.
This recipe is sponsored by Slap Yo' Daddy

Alabama white chicken is a regional favorite that gets its unique white color from the use of mayonnaise in the barbecue sauce rather than the more traditional use of ketchup or tomato sauce.

This variation uses a competition-style preparation of chicken thighs with them being smoked and then buttered. They are then dipped in the white sauce and use the residual heat to set, rather than being placed back in the smoker which is how traditional BBQ sauces are applied.

Once prepared it can be served with any of your traditional barbecue sides such as backed beans.

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Looking down on a well trimmed chicken thigh sprinkled with a rub.
Once the chicken thigh is trimmed and the skin wrapped it is sprinkled with a chicken rub.
Pieces of rubbed chicken in a foil half pan, each with a pice of butter sitting on top of them.
When the initial hour of smoking the chicken is done add a piece of butter on top of each.
A stainless bowl with predominatly white and orange ingredients being mixed together.
The white barbecue sauce is easy to make with the ingredients being mixed but not heated toegther.
A piece of Alabama white chicken served on a layer of baked beans.
Once the Alabama white chicken is prepared it can be served with your favorite BBQ side dish such as baked beans.

Alabama White Chicken Recipe

This recipe is sponsored by Slap Yo’ Daddy.
A piece of Alabama white chicken served on a layer of baked beans.
This style of chicken is popular in Alabama where the barbecue sauce used on the chicken has a mayonnaise base rather than a ketchup one.
Preparation 20 minutes
Cook 2 hours
Ready in 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 4


Alabama White Sauce

  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Louisiana hot sauce to taste
  • salt and white pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons apple juice or as needed

Smoked Chicken


  • smoker
  • 1 foil half pan
  • 1 chunk pecan wood


Alabama White Sauce

  • Stir together in a bowl the mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire, garlic powder, and onion powder.
  • Add hot sauce, salt, and white pepper to taste.
  • Thin the white BBQ sauce to your desired consistancy with some apple juice.

Smoked Chicken

  • Trim excess fat and skin from chicken thighs so they are shaped like little pillows.
  • Lay skin side down on the cutting board and apply a medium coat of chicken rub.
  • Flip the chicken over and arrange the thighs so the skin is nicely tucked under.
  • Sprinkle the top of the chicken with a coat of chicken rub.
  • Place the 8 seasoned thighs in a half foil pan and leave in the fridge for 1 hour.
  • Preheat a smoker to 375 degrees F (135 degrees C). Add a piece of pecan wood into the hot coals just before use.
  • Remove thighs from the fridge then put the cold pan straight into the prehead smoker.
  • Cook the chicken in the foil pan uncovered for 1 hour or until the crust sets on the chicken; about 45 to 60 minutes.
  • Place a piece of unsalted butter carefully on top of each thigh.
  • Wrap the foil pan tightly with a piece of foil. Cook covered for another 50-60 minutes.
    Tip: Take a peek at 50 minutes to see if the chicken skin is tender and the internal temp is beyond 185 degrees F (85 degrees C).
  • Remove the foil pan with the chicken from the pit and vent once the skin is tender.
  • Let the chicken rest for about 10 minutes then dip the entire thigh into the white BBQ sauce to completely coat the thigh. The residual heat from the thighs will set the sauce.
  • Serve with your favorite barbecue side such as baked beans.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 1023kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 40gFat: 86gSaturated Fat: 21gPolyunsaturated Fat: 34gMonounsaturated Fat: 27gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 257mgSodium: 593mgPotassium: 748mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1135IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 327mgIron: 12mg

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