National Sloppy Joe Day

The sloppy joe is a sandwich that’s been around for over 91+ years but doesn’t seem like its popularity is going to wane anytime soon. It’s a dish that’s made in several different ways and using several different ingredients and has earned its position as one of the most loved comfort foods available. It’s no wonder so many people decide to celebrate this sandwich by celebrating the holiday dedicated to it. A holiday that falls on March 18th and is aptly known as National Sloppy Joe Day. 

What Is A Sloppy Joe?

Although just about everyone is familiar with the basic concept of a sloppy Joe, not everyone knows what goes in it. This is either because they have never made it, or because they have made it using a canned sauce such as Manwich. This is also complicated by the fact that different people make it in different ways.

So what’s the basic foundation of a sloppy Joe. Well, this sandwich is usually made using either ground beef or ground pork, a tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, onions, and some seasonings that are served on a hamburger bun. 

The History Of  The Sloppy Joe

Although we were unable to locate when National Sloppy Joe Day was first invented, we do think that we’ve pinned down the history of the sloppy Joe sandwich. According to our research, this sandwich was first served at a bar and cafe in Havannah, Cuba in the 1930s. It was a sandwich that became fairly popular as it spread using word of mouth. However, it wouldn’t be until 1969 until it really became popular. This is when Hunt’s created a canned product known as Manwich. This product allowed people to quickly and easily make their own sloppy Joes at home and do it without all of the prep work

Some Common Sloppy Joe Recipes

Although we don’t have the space to list every sloppy Joe variation we’ve come across, we can list the names of the ones that we feel are the most promising. Below are some of the recipe names that we think our readers will be falling all over themselves to make for this holiday.

  • Sloppy Joe’s On Hawaiian Buns
  • Sloppy Joe’s On French Onion Buns
  • Gumbo Sloppy Joe’s

Observing National Sloppy Joe Day

If you’re here because you want to learn how to observe National Sloppy Joe Day, then you’re in luck because we have some concrete ways that people can enjoy this holiday. One, they can make their favorite version of sloppy Joe for themselves or their friends and family. Two, they can eat the sandwich. And that’s all a person has to do to enjoy this holiday. For people who are looking for a little sloppy Joe festivities, then they take the time to learn the history behind this holiday or maybe create a new sloppy Joe recipe. You can then use the hashtag #NationalSloppyJoeDay and a picture of your creation on social media

When is it?
This year (2023)
March 18 Saturday
Next year (2024)
March 18 Monday
Last year (2022)
March 18 Friday
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