Actually. I do believe it is Hunt’s now. I have finally found the missing link after hours and hours of looking through vintage ads and historical ketchup references.
Every damn bottle of Hunts in ANY from the early 50s until the 70s looked identical to this one:
But I stumbled across this one from 1972 and you can clearly see the arced top to the border around the main body label! Im assuming that the neck label changed a tiny bit from 1972 to 1977.
I’ve heard that he had a lot of help from John Barleycorn.[;)]
Make that Mr.
The other day I hears Jack Daniels’ master distiller interviewed on radio about their new advertising campaign featuring Frank Sinatra. He revealed that Mr. Sinatra was ‘introduced’ to Mr. Daniels by Jackie Gleason back in the 1950’s. Then, JD was just a little known regional distiller. Must have been one memorable night at # Toots Shor’s![;)]
“May be Jack to you, but when you’ve known him for as long as I have ….. Hoo-ah!!”
a few years ago I also searched for that sandwich from the movie…although my efforts did not result in as much detail as yours did. I came to the conclusion that there is
no official sandwich called “Diablo.” I chose to believe that it was sliced pork sandwich
with hot sauce on it. Although rare, there are bbq joints that will slice meat off the shoulders. Add a little slaw and hot sauce, and I think that’s a good candidate for the what the Abdominal Showman chowed down on.
Ok, I think I am going to try to identify the ketchup sitting on the counter for the heck of it too. I am going to need some serious sleuthing help on this one.
First, the pic:
Here is what I know…
1. The neck label has a name that starts with the letter “H”.
2. The neck label is all red with a white border.
3. The neck label has a downward arc to the bottom of it.
4. The main body label is almost “Heinz” keystone shaped, but not quite. Just an arc over the top.
Heinz always had white neck labels and a clearly defined keystone shaped main body label. Hunts always had two-color square neck labels and a plain square body label. I have searched every variation from the 60s through the 90s of both brands and nothing matches the Bandit bottle.
Any help is appreciated!
You sir, present a very good case! As indicated in my original article, some of the results that came up for “diablo sandwich” on the internet (in multiple cases) included “hot links on a bun smothered in hot sauce”. I would say that this was the intent of Gleason’s character, most likely to throw a little bit of Texas at the viewer and order something from where Sheriff Justice is from in the story.
This theoretical “as ordered” hot-link version of the Diablo Sandwich would be a perfectly fine substitute for the “as received / film seen” pulled pork version of the sandwich in my opinion! 🙂
This could very well be it.
Welcome, shadeone. Great first post. Loved it.
Welcome to Roadfood! Having read all kinds of threads and posts here for years, yours was one of the most intriguing I have ever encountered!
I hope you’re with us for the long haul…I like your thought process and style!
Thanks for sharing…I believe it looks like pulled pork also!
Thank you again for taking the time to break all this down. as a result of your post, I immediately went to Amazon and purchased a case of Trappey’s Hot sauce…Cheers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Glad to help! What better way to celebrate the film’s 40th anniversary then with a good ol’ Diablo and Doc?!
If you ever get tired of them though, some of that Trappey’s mixed half and half with some melted butter makes for an excellent wing sauce 😉
Ladies and gentlemen, I have a new discovery for you all.
I had originally thought that the hot sauce in the movie was Trappey’s Indi-Pep because the background pattern design on the movie bottle matched Trappey’s current background design on their Indi-Pep bottle. However, I stumbled across a 1974 Trappeys ad that features the movie bottle in question with a full front image:
It turns out that its Trappey’s “Mexi-Pep” variant and even according to the ad, it goes good with BBQ!
With this new hot sauce discovery and the previous Hunts Catsup discovery, I have updated the meal picture in my original post. For those wondering, pulled pork slathered in the Mexi-Pep hot sauce, washed down with a cane sugar Dr Pepper… is absolutely delicious!
That would be it! Thanks!
Welcome to Roadfood Kamikaze. If you ever start wondering about that diner in Adam 12, you'll know where to search first.
Well the problem there is that the old hickory house at no point ever actually had sloppy joes on the menu. I dont think they would have specially made sloppy joes just for filming. They chose a BBQ joint for a reason 😉
Also the only "dropping and plopping" that happened was a tiny bit of sauce on the plate. Nothing ever actually fell out if the sandwich:
Also the white thing here ain't no onion. Way too stretchy:
Watch the blu ray version in slow mo. It will blow your mind. 😉
This post is about as GREAT AS IT GETS!!! I was wondering about the Diablo sandwich the other day, so I googled it. There were several sites claiming to have the “real” Diablo sandwich recipe, but they all just did not seem right. You really nailed it on the head!!! As a fellow investigator myself, who loves to break down movies by looking for things (not just in the forefront, but in the background to see peculiar things, inconsistencies, etc.), this post made my week! Thank you again for taking the time to break all this down. as a result of your post, I immediately went to Amazon and purchased a case of Trappey’s Hot sauce…Cheers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Shadeone, afraid you haven’t made enough posts to unlock the link-posting privilege. Might this be the article that you were looking for?
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