My Aunt Marlyn’s Psycho BBQ Sauce Recipe

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When I was a kid, my mother made almost everything from scratch, including barbecue sauce. I grew up eating this barbecue sauce, and to my taste buds, no other sauce is as good as this recipe. The recipe came from my Aunt Marlyn, and it’s a combination of sweet, savory, and tangy all at once. And yes, in my family, we call it Psycho Sauce. I just made a mess of pork ribs the other night with this, and it was heaven. This sauce is really easy to make!

My Aunt Marlyn’s Psycho BBQ Sauce Recipe

This recipe fills a Mason jar. Can be used on ribs, steaks, burgers, chicken, etc. This sauce keeps in the fridge for a long time.

3 teaspoons salt
3 teaspoons dry mustard
3 teaspoons chili powder
3 teaspoons paprika
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar
6 tablespoons catsup
6 tablespoons cider vinegar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
6 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon water

In a saucepan, combine the 5 dry ingredients. Blend in the catsup until smooth – this helps to smooth out the dry mustard so it doesn’t float when the liquids are added. Blend in the remaining ingredients.

Bring to a boil over medium heat, and then reduce to a simmer and stir until thickened, about 10 minutes.

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