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.
Alabama White Chicken Recipe
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
- 8 chicken thighs
- 1/2 cup Slap Yo' Daddy Jailbird Chicken Rub
- 1 stick unsalted butter cut into 8 pieces
- 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.
- Thin the white BBQ sauce to your desired consistancy with some apple juice.
- 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.