American Tap Room Bama Sauce Chicken Wings on a white plate with sauce drippingI am a big fan of barbecue style wings. They usually offer a thicker, stickier sauce. What I’m not used to, is barbecue sauce that is white, but that’s just what I got at ATR, American Tap Room in Bethesda, MD. Looking over their sauce options, I saw something called Bama Sauce. I had no idea what that was, so I made an inquiry with the bartender. He told me all about Alabama White Sauce. It was invented in Decatur, Alabama in 1925 by Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q. The are four main ingredients: mayonnaise, vinegar, salt, and pepper.

The bartender warned me that their Bama sauce isn’t the traditional Alabama white sauce that most people expect.  Theirs is a cross between normal white sauce and honey mustard. I love mayo, vinegar, and honey mustard, so I figured why not try something new? They did not disappoint! Have I mentioned that I love vinegar? I think I could do just fine with white bbq sauce. I’m going to have to seek it out more often!

How they rate: American Tap Room, Bama Sauce Chicken Wing Review


American Tap Room cooks their wings well. They are breaded, meaty wings. Crispy on the outside. Tender on the inside. The perfect combination. Exactly what you want in a good wing.


When the wings first came out, it appeared as though they were unevenly coated. You can see what I’m talking about from the picture. However, though they looked that way, they didn’t taste that way. I think it has to do with the nature of this sauce. Even where it didn’t appear to be well coated, it was.


This is a good pairing of a more traditional Alabama White Sauce with honey mustard flavors that bring out the vinegar notes.  It’s not a flavor you’d typically expect on wings, but it works well. I wish there had been a bit of heat to them, but they were very mild. The sauce was heavy and creamy. It was thick enough to be a dipping sauce. Even though I’m a big fan of mayo and vinegar, two of the key ingredients, they’re definitely not wings I could eat often because of how heavy they are. Regardless, the flavor was solid and I enjoyed them.

From Start to Finish:

The heaviness of the sauce might make it hard for some people to enjoy these wings from start to finish. I could feel it coating the inside of my mouth as I progressed through them. My best guess would attribute that to the oil in the mayo.


Kudos to the American Tap Room for serving us wings with the traditional sides of celery and dressing. 2 sticks seems a little light, but at least they were there.

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