Recently Stephen Colbert’s sister was unable to defeat the Appalachian Governor in his attempt to re-enter politics. Predictably, the brother was disappointed in the good people of South Carolina. But in my humble opinion he went too far.
I just spent the weekend at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds where I worked at the furnace burning Hickory wood to use as fuel to smoke our BBQ pig cooker. The pig went on at 11:30 at night and was served at 11:00 am the next morning.
‘Que is serious business.
There is no need to mock it:
Comedian Stephen Colbert re-energized the debate over barbecue in the Carolinas on Wednesday night, saying he would learn to love the North Carolina version – and then pretending to gag when he tried it.
Colbert, of the Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report,” is from Charleston, S.C. His sister, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, lost to former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford in a race for Congress Tuesday. Sanford won despite the fact that he had an affair as governor and lied about his whereabouts.
On Wednesday, Colbert expressed outrage with his home state on his show.
“My sister lost! How could this happen?” he said. “I was so sure Lulu won because CNN called it for Sanford.”
As for South Carolina, he said, “I feel so betrayed by South Carolina. If they are going to turn their backs on my family, I am going to turn my back on them. [Laughter] No, I am.
“From now on, and I never thought I would ever say this, I am from North Carolina.
“I’m a Tar Heel now. Whatever the [bleep] that means.
“But most shockingly, I will no longer enjoy South Carolina’s tangy, savory and deeply delicious barbecue made with our unique mustard-based sauce.
“Now, instead, I now officially love North Carolina’s sauceless, vinegar-based meat product that they call barbecue.”
At that point, Colbert whipped out a big plate of barbecue and took a bite. Then he made a face, pretended to gag and acted like he was having a hard time swallowing.
“I tell you what,” he said while shoveling the rest of the barbecue in the trash, “I might just save the rest of that for later.”
He then guzzled a bottle of mustard sauce and declared, “I can’t do it. I love South Carolina too much.”
There is no reason to bash the North Carolina BBQ.