This month of Halloween treats continues with spooky and creepy recipes that aren’t really meant to be spooky and creepy! This week we have a fun taste sensation from a June 1956 ad in Better Homes and Gardens for Hunt’s Tomato Sauce. I love how this one ended up looking like something that was just butchered.


It’s Oven Barbecue.

And yes, it does have Spam in it!

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Oven Barbecue
Author: Hunt’s, 1956
  • 1 can luncheon meat
  • 1 can Hunt’s Tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 T brown sugar
  • 1 T finely grated onion
  • 1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  1. Cut meat lenghtwise, not quite through, into 8 slices. Place in greased shallow baking dish.
  2. Mix Hunt’s tomato sauce and rest of ingredients. Pour over meat.
  3. Bake in hot oven (425 degrees) for about 30 minutes, basting occasionally.
  4. Makes 3-4 servings. Double for large families. Canned new potatoes are delicious heated along with the meat.



I forgot to buy canned potatoes at the store, so I had to make do without them. Which I am not crying about because I hate canned potatoes, but what that basically meant was that I was slinging a can of tomato sauce over sliced Spam and calling it a night. Needless to say, this one came together pretty quickly.

“So, opening cans and mixing them together for dinner, huh?”

“I guess so. Do you think adding sugar to tomato sauce makes it barbecue sauce?”

“I…I don’t even know what to say to that.”


You know, you have to really hand it to Spam. It’s not much in the looks department, but when you bake it up it really…


Wait. I…umm…I don’t remember where I was going with that.

I got it! It will really make your husband smile!


Wait…that’s not it, either.

Well, it’s really red. Let’s just say it’s really red and move on.

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“Actually this does taste a bit like barbecue sauce.”

“Really? That’s amazing.”

“Yeah, it tastes like that bottled Open Pit stuff. I use to love that when I was in college Tasted like ketchup.”

The Verdict: Not Bad

From The Tasting Notes:

Not bad. Sweet and soft. Not a lot of chewing needed for this one. Basically just tastes like Spam with ketchup or sweet bottled BBQ sauce on it.  It also smells like cocktail weenies – the ones with the sweet and sour sauce on them.