Smithfield's sends Perry some NC 'cue
Posted September 23, 2011
Raleigh, N.C. — The Smithfield's Chicken 'N Bar-B-Q chain shipped two pounds of eastern North Carolina barbecue to Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday, hoping he would change his opinion of one of the state's signature dishes.
Perry was quoted in “Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue” as saying that he "had road kill that tasted better than that" after once trying the eastern-style barbecue.
"While we acknowledge Texas-style barbecue is different from Eastern North Carolina Bar-B-Q, we are stunned that you feel barbecue from the Old North State pales so greatly in comparison," Richard Averitte, director of marketing for Smithfield's, wrote in a letter to Perry.
Along with the letter and the two pounds of barbecue, Averitte sent a pound of cole slaw and a pint of hot sauce.
"I strongly encourage you to revisit your experience with Eastern North Carolina Bar-B-Q and give you the opportunity to rectify your statement," he wrote. "We would also like to extend an invitation to you to dine in one of our restaurants when your presidential campaign trail visits North Carolina, so you can fully experience this important part of our culture."