Made in the Northwest: Ms. Dot’s Southern White BBQ Sauce

SPOKANE, Wash. — Doug Williams’ mother, who goes by Ms. Dot, is a bit of a legend in Lawrence County, Alabama.

“She owns a soul food restaurant in Alabama,” explained Williams, the owner of Dot’s Soul Food.

Over the years, her southern white barbeque sauce has become known all over the South.

“It’s got a taste that you never had before,” said Williams. “And it’s not spicy. It’s kid friendly.”

When Williams moved to Washington, he decided to start bottling and selling his mom’s famous creation. But he admits people often aren’t sure what to think about a white barbeque sauce.

“They’ll come over and say, ‘Man, I’m just intrigued. Tell me, what is this?’ And I tell them it’s just a mayo base and it’s a substitute for tomato paste. It’s just made with mayo instead of tomatoes.”

Ms. Dot made the sauce to pour over barbecue chicken, but Williams says you can put it on just about anything.

“We put it on beef, pork. Put it on seafood, shrimp.”

People even pour it over veggies or use it in salads or coleslaw.

Ms. Dot’s Southern White Barbecue Sauce is on the shelves of several local stores, including My Fresh Basket, The Kitchen Engine, Sonnenberg’s and Huckleberry’s.

“Some of the stores that my product is in, they came up to me and asked me would I put it in there” Williams said. “So I thought that was real cool.”

You can also find it on, which was a no brainer for Williams. It’s helped him ship his sauce as far away as Taiwan.

But if Ms. Dot’s gets big, what Williams really wants to do is start a non-profit to help underprivileged kids.

“Then you can start scholarships and all that, then you can pull some of the kids in and help them to, you know, give them a shot.”

And we’re certain that’s something Ms. Dot would be proud of, even though Williams says she’s tough to please.

“I mean, she’s a southern woman. And she ain’t no joke.”

And neither is her southern white barbeque sauce.