Select Page

Pops’ BBQ Tuna Fish

Pops’ BBQ Tuna Fish

Yeah, you read right…BBQ and tuna fish! This recipe goes back many years to when my parents had 7 kids ages 7 & under. My mom went to a ladies conference thing out of state for a whole week…which meant my dad (a.k.a. “Pops”) had to cook for all of us kids for the week! lol I remember a few times where the meal had about five courses: canned green beans, canned carrots, canned potatoes, canned butter beans and canned pineapple. We had to eat the first course before moving on to the next, but we did have the option for a side of ketchup to dip everything in. 😉 At one point during the week is when he brought out the tuna…he opened a can (or several), drained it, added some KC Masterpiece barbecue sauce to it, then served it between two slices of whole wheat bread. It was a big hit! I’m not sure if we liked it so much just because it tasted way better than everything else we’d had that week, or if we were so young that the combination didn’t sound strange enough to scare us off from the start and then when we tried it, we just found it appetizing. Either way, it’s continued to be a favorite on the menu all these years! And as was often said growing up, “You can’t say you don’t like it until you’ve tried it!”

BBQ sauce (KC Masterpiece original, or your favorite brand)*

canned tuna, drain

onions, diced (optional)

whole wheat bread (or saltine crackers)

Drain tuna. Mix a good amount of barbecue sauce with tuna and diced onions. Serve with bread (sandwich) or on saltine crackers. Enjoy!

*Pictured bottle is the Country Bob’s BBQ sauce brand…we use whatever we have on hand, but our fave for this recipe is KC Masterpiece. 😉

Disclaimer: Recipes on this site are a collection of our favorites. Some are our own recipes and others may have not originated on our site and/or have been adapted from other sites.


  1. Regina Shea

    This reminds me of my childhood of when my mom would put mustard in our tuna. Now mind you this is what we were used to so imagine my horror the first time I had tuna with mayo in it. I was rather shocked but I eventually got used to mayo in tuna. I’m going to have to try BBQ sauce in a tiny bit of tuna. Hey it can’t be any different than make tuna on the grill and brushing it with sauce right? Thank you Jill for this unique suggestion for tuna.

  2. Elizabeth

    Okay, so try this — put canned salmon in a small saute pan, sprinkle on salt and pour apricot preserves on top, then a slice of Munster cheese. Put a lid on and let it cook just until salmon is warmed and cheese is melted. SO GOOD. That’s a recipe from my dirt-poor college days. 🙂

    • Regina Shea

      That sounds delicious Elizabeth. We had canned salmon growing up a lot because meat was so expensive.


Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


  • 2023
  • 2022
  • 2021
  • 2020
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015

Email Updates

Receive notifications of new blog posts by email!

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This