National Sloppy Joe Day

Sloppy Joe Sandwiches

After a hard day, yesterday, we relax and have an easy meal. The Sloppy Joe is said to have been created in a Sioux City, Iowa café; where it was served as a loose-meat sandwich in 1930. It was named after a cook who was named Joe. Some people say it started in Cuba, at a bar called “Sloppy Joe.” The name “Sloppy Joe” was mentioned in several popular movies in the 1930s, such as Citizen Kane and It’s a Wonderful Life, even though the sandwich was not really popular until the 1960s. By the 1940s, the name “Sloppy Joe” started to show up around the country, and by the 1960s, food companies started selling Sloppy Joe sauce, such as Manwich.

There are several variations now around the country, but the basics are ground beef, onions, ketchup, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce and some seasoning; served on a hamburger bun. Many people have their own secret recipe for Sloppy Joes, such as adding cola to it or barbecue sauce.


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