Smoked Chicken with Alabama white sauce

Smoked Chicken with Alabama white sauce

Smoking meats indirectly produces very succulent and juicy chicken. When the smokiness is paired with tangy Alabama white sauce the dish is elevated to higher culinary levels. This is one of my favourite ways of cooking chicken on the BBQ.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American, BBQ


  • 1 Lidded BBQ or BBQ Smoker



  • 2 kg skin-on whole chicken or chicken legs, thighs or wings

Dry spice rub

  • tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • ½ tsp mustard powder
  • ½ tsp paprika powder
  • ½ tsp thyme leaves, fresh or dried

Alabama white sauce

  • 230 g mayonnaise, full fat
  • 90 ml white wine vinegar OR apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp horseradish sauce
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tsp course black pepper powder
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp salt


Dry brine the chicken

  • Dry brine the chicken with ½ tsp of table salt per kg chicken. Refrigerate for at least an hour. This step ensures the chicken remains juicy.

Making the Alabama white sauce

Dry spice rub

  • Mix the dry rub ingredients in a bowl.
  • After the chicken has dry brined in salt apply the dry rub liberally on all sides of the chicken.

Setting up your BBQ

Any Questions?

  • 1. What sauce did you dribble on the top?
    2. Can we cook in the oven too?
  • How do you adjust the recipe if I don't have a BBQ?
Keyword Alabama white sauce, BBQ, Chicken, Smoked chicken, Thai BBQ Chicken

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