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It is unknown but recipes for the dish date back at least to the 1940s. It dates back to 1935. There is probably no Joe after it is named, but its messy appearance and tendency to drip off plate or roll makes "sloppy" an adequate description, and "Joe" is a name that would suggest, to an American, a person of proletarian character and unassailable genuineness, similar to how having a cup of 'joe' referred to coffee.

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