25 November 2009

BBQ SAUCE OF THE WEEK: Big Bob Gibson White Sauce

Since this is turkey week, I thought it would be appropriate to talk about a sauce that's made to go with poultry. One of Big Bob Gibson's specialties is barbecue chicken with a special white barbecue sauce. It's a North Alabama favorite. You might like this sauce and you might not, but you will definitely agree that it's like no other.

When uncapped, the aroma bears a striking resemblance to that of Miracle Whip. And while it's definitely related to Miracle Whip in that they're both in the Mayonnaise family, this white sauce is more tangy than sweet. It's got a significant vinegar component that will pucker you up if you're not ready for it. The vinegar also gives it a thinner consistency - it's got about the same consistency as a thin salad dressing.

As you can see in the photograph, there is a fair amount of bits hanging around in the sauce - mostly pepper. The bits tend to settle at the bottom, so you want to give it a good shake before you pour. Since this sauce is so specific to a certain type of protein, I think that you really have to try it on chicken to properly evaluate it. But I like what I taste when I taste it plain - very unique and very flavorful.

Grade: A-

Happy Thanksgiving!


Chris said...

It is great on smoked chicken and grilled chicken, but I hadn't thought of it on turkey.

Todd said...

I had white BBQ sauce at some place in the Cool Springs Franklin area and was not a fan. I should at least try it again to see of there are better white sauces