By Christina Wilkie - 07/28/10 11:19 PM EDT
As a former intern on Capitol Hill, Sen. Kay Hagan (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.
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.