Hagan serves up some ‘Q’

As a former intern on Capitol Hill, Sen. Kay HaganKay HaganLinking repatriation to job creation Former Sen. Kay Hagan in ICU after being rushed to hospital GOP senator floats retiring over gridlock 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.