The mind boggled when I saw this recipe in a CHURCH cookbook... I thought "revolting" so why was I compelled to try it and why am I posting it here? For privacy reasons I will generalize to keep the church & location confidential but think in terms of the area in which you live. Imagine the oldest church in YOUR area having this recipe in its cookbook which was prepared under the guidance of 15 women in the church: all with prominent names in social and political circles spanning generations. WOULD these women include a terrible recipe? Would any of them LIE to you about its being worthy of making? HMMMMM... suffice it for me to say I'm not sure I'd declare it really tastes like pork! However, I will say that IF anyone served this BBQ does NOT know it has tuna in it, I suspect most will not guess tuna as the first guess. In fact, this IS fairly tasty IF you can get past the fact that TUNA is the basic ingredient! Are you brave enough to try? It is low cal, low fat, high protein, and diabetic friendly! (The book was old enough that I did have to tweak the ingredients because tuna is no longer in 6+ ounce cans.)
- 2 (5 ounce) cans chunk tuna, in-water & well-drained (original recipe did not call for draining liquid)
- 4 (1 g) packages sugar substitute (brand of choice)
- 3 tablespoons wine vinegar (I used Red WV)
- 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (I used L&P)
- 3 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard (French's)
- 3 tablespoons dried onion flakes
- 1⁄4 teaspoon chili powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon liquid smoke (hickory... optional, my addition)
- 1⁄2 cup water (my addition to replace liquid drained off tuna)
- Open tuna cans, cutting fully around, and expel as much liquid as possible while pressing down upon lid very hard! (Necessary IF you want to improve odds that tuna will not be suspected.).
- Combine ALL ingredients in a small saucepan and stir well to blend completely.
- Bring to a boil over medium heat while stirring; then immedialely reduce to a low simmer for a few minutes. Keep stirring to prevent scorching!
- Remove from heat and allow to rest a few minutes to assure onions rehydrate before serving.
- Makes enough moist, not wet, BBQ for 3-4 sandwiches; serve on buns as any other BBQ.
- I recommend using additional Carolina Style Mustard BBQ Sauce to moisten the Tuna BBQ to a preferred consistency more moist than this basic recipe. I'm partial to my own Caroline Style Mustard BBQ Sauce(Recipe #446238) -- a take off of Mike Mills' Mustard BBQ Sauce.