This review brought to you by Pellet Guy, because he loves the Alabama white sauce:
When you think of BBQ sauce, the myriad of colors that range in the spectrum usually start at a bold red and drift towards a dark, rich mahogany. If you have sampled certain BBQ spots in the south however, especially in the Alabama region, you will definitely hear the color white.
The origins of the white sauce date back to 1925 when Bob Gibson, of Big Bob Gibson’s, created it. It has gone through many iterations since then, but to sum it up, its a tangy, mayo based sauce that is used in a very all-purpose way from marinades to finishing. Yet if you travel to the north or west, most foodies have never even heard of it, let alone given it a try.
I like white BBQ sauces, but find it comes in a wild variety of consistencies. From your thin, almost milk like substance to a thicker, creamier sauce that is closer to what you are used to coating your meat with. On a recent search to find some more tantalizing and tangy white sauce, we were directed to check out Whitebird Sauce from a small company by the name of Thunderbird Wings.
If you are reading this from the comfort of your home in Nashville, TN, you can probably skip the next few sentences, but if not, here is the story about this unique company. Trace Scarborough was all over the SEC football scene back in early 2000s, with his smoker and his wings became a near instant hit. More and more people told him he should open his own shop and sell these delicious edibles, and in 2012 he did just that and Thunderbird began. Now, the Thunderbird food truck can be seen all over the Nashville area and catering is available as well.
Back to the sauce though. Thunderbird only has a few products available, but what they offer brings delight. Chicken Scratch is their main BBQ rub, and Pellet Girl will have more info on that in an upcoming review, but today I want to talk about the Whitebird Sauce. Thick without being too thick, it works as both a dipping sauce or a complete dunk of your smoked meats.
Near perfection on any poultry, it is divine on seafood as well. The original taste is a creamy tang with hints of black pepper that offer an ode to it’s North Alabama roots, but from there the depth of flavor brings garlic and even a small amount of heat that is just perfect on the back end.
It has become my go to sauce for so many things that I finished an entire bottle in about a week, and you better believe I will be ordering more. Coming in at a price of $10 directly from Thunderbird, I urge the curious to pick it up and give it a try. Start with wings or your favorite chicken dish and then get a little adventurous, you might surprise yourself.
For more information on this or any of their products, check out their website at www.thunderbirdwings.com.