Hagan serves up some ‘Q’

As a former intern on Capitol Hill, Sen. Kay HaganKay Ruthven HaganPolitics is purple in North Carolina Democrats can win North Carolina just like Jimmy Carter did in 1976 North Carolina will be a big battleground state in 2020 MORE (D-N.C.) knows firsthand how long the dog days of summer can be in steamy D.C.

So the senator decided to treat her colleagues to a taste of North Carolina’s finest on Wednesday, getting behind the counter to serve up a barbecue lunch at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee headquarters.

Hagan joined two professional chefs from Wilber’s Barbecue in Goldsboro, N.C., who made the five-hour drive to Washington on Wednesday morning bearing barbecue treasure. 

On the menu? Carolina pulled-pork sandwiches, coleslaw, hush puppies, banana pudding and sweet tea.

Unlike the sweet, tomato-based sauce of traditional Texas barbecue, Carolina “Q” is doused with a mustard- and vinegar-based sauce. 

But the pork isn’t Hagan’s favorite part of a barbecue feast. The lawmaker is partial to hush puppies (deep-fried cornmeal) and sweet tea.