If“diablo” originally came from the reference to food being prepared in the fashion known as deviling ( “deviled”), then that might also say something about the sandwich.
Particularly if the sandwich was not a new type of sandwich at the time of the movie. Diablé or deviled ...
Traditionally deviled is having a coating of often mustard, vinegar and spices, often cayenne ... and when speciifically applied to meat it is then grilled. (like on a barbque grill, not on a griddle). This is a more modern (post 1900 or so) meaning.
That ingredient combination, btw, is of course what is found in Deviled Eggs .... mustard (which also contains vinegar ... or if dry mustard, then mustard plus vinegar) ... and cayenne pepper sprinkled over the top for color and taste.
Going back to the 1700’s deviling or deviled appears to have meant served with a hot spicy sauce or just spicy.
In the 1860’s, the Underwood family made a chopped spiced ham product and dubbed the process “deviling” and so the additional concept of the meat being in a chopped state was added.
In the movie, the diablo sandwich would appear to be shredded or chopped (rather than ground) in the photos you posted ... look closely at the pics of Gleason with both hands on the sandwich and having just taken a bite.
SO ... I’m going to go out on a limb and propose that the sandwich is *not* related to something like sloppy joes ... but instead a shredded pork sandwich where the pork had a mustard/vinegar and spices coating and then roasted or cooked on a (bbq) grill, then shredded. And ... in the way that some barbque sandwiches are done ... I’ll go further out on a limb and say then it is mixed with Mexi-pep or some similar combination and then served on the bun.
Just my 2cents.
post edited by Sonny Funzio - 2015/02/18 17:38:48