Thursday, July 17, 2014

White BBQ Sauce

Southern-Style White Barbecue

When we discover a trending food idea, how can we possibly ignore it?! Southern-style white BBQ sauce is popping up in print and online. Unable to resist the challenge of trying something new to us, we mixed some up to try with grilled chicken. Great for grilling, the boneless, skinless chicken breasts at Jungle Jim's International Market are all-natural and that includes no injected solutions. Armed with a pack of chicken to grill, we gathered the simple ingredients to try this BBQ sauce. No thick, sweet red sauce here. Not even a splash of yellow from a Carolina mustard sauce. This, indeed, is white! Not wanting to present you with a bland looking plate, Leigh mixed a quick cream of fresh corn with red peppers and scallions to add a little color. It's an easy dinner idea for summer.

The sauce ingredients are common, pantry and refrigerator-friendly ingredients. If you are not familiar with sambal oelek, it is a thick paste of ground red chilies with vinegar and salt. You can find it on the shelves in our International Department.

Whisk the ingredients together. This sauce can be made up to 24 hours in advance. 

Cover and refrigerate until needed. The flavors will meld and you may want to add more sambal oelek if you like a spicy kick! Get your grill hot and chicken ready. Reserve half of the white BBQ sauce to drizzle and dip. Baste the chicken several times while grilling. 

The fresh corn side dish isn't really a recipe - it's more of a spontaneous culinary concoction. Take the kernels off of 2-3 ears of fresh sweet corn. Saute with a tablespoon of butter and a 1/2 clove of minced garlic. Stir until the butter has melted. You can make this side dish before you grill the chicken - just keep warm until ready to serve.

Add cream or half and half - we had some cream. Pour in about 1/4 cup. Simmer gently for 5 minutes. The cream will be absorbed.

For color and flavor, add some diced red pepper (or you can use diced tomato). Saute for another five minutes or until the pepper is tender-crisp.

Add a tablespoon or so of chopped scallions and stir. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

When the chicken is done grilling, plate it up with a side of the corn. Drizzle the reserved white BBQ sauce over the grilled chicken and pour some into a small bowl for dipping. Enjoy. Let us know if you tried and what you think!

Southern-Style White BBQ Sauce

3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon sambal oelek (we recommend adding 2 tablespoons)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 clove of garlic, peeled, minced and mashed

Whisk the ingredients together. Cover and refrigerate. This sauce can be made up to 24 hours ahead of time.

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
olive oil, salt and pepper

Rub the chicken breasts with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Reserve half of the sauce for dipping. Baste lightly with the sauce as you grill the chicken until it is done. Serve the chicken with the reserved sauce.


  1. Made this for dinner tonite. A great summer meal that's quick to prepare. The barbecue sauce was excellent (I did use 2 tablespoons of the sambal oelek) and my husband said this is the best corn he's had. This will definately go in the recipe book.

  2. Thanks for reporting back to us! Glad you liked the white BBQ sauce. Adding 2T of sambal oelek really makes a difference.

  3. We made this for Sunday dinner this last week and it was the excellent! The kids wanted a straw for the sauce. We are actually added a tsp of siracha because we thought it would warm it up a tad and it worked great.
    The corn was fantastic too. Can't imagine making it any other way from here on out. We have been ruined �� .
    It's not just our family. I shared it on Facebook and have two others raving about both dishes.
    Thanks for making the our family's day and adding a new recipe to our regular dishes.

    1. Greg,

      Thanks for letting us know you enjoyed this blog recipe.
      What a great idea to add some heat with the siracha. We will do our best to continue featuring family-friendly recipes.