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Gov. Cooper responds to Colbert's criticism of NC BBQ

Posted January 30, 2019 1:54 p.m. EST
Updated January 31, 2019 9:07 a.m. EST

Governor Roy Cooper responded on Wednesday to talk show host Stephen Colbert's criticism of North Carolina barbecue.

On the "Late Show with Stephen Colbert" Tuesday night, the comedian poked fun at the Tar Heel State's beloved barbecue. Colbert grew up in James Island, South Carolina.

Gov. Cooper responded on Twitter, tagging Colbert and saying, "Those are fighting words, @StephenAtHome. Vinegar and tomato have their place -- y'all have a mustard problem."

Colbert's joke started with a mention of last week's big story – the disappearance and rescue of 3-year-old Casey Hathaway.

"A 3-year-old boy has been found alive and safe after a massive search in North Carolina, which is such great news," Colbert said. "A little boy found in North Carolina, that is such happy news but in a tragic twist, he will have to spend his life eating North Carolina barbecue."

Colbert doubled down by adding, “I welcome your vinegar-stained letters you poor, flavor-deprived bastards."

The Redneck BBQ Lab, a two-time WRAL.com Voters' Choice Award winner for best barbecue, has offered to bring its barbecue to New York. In a post on the business' Facebook page, owners said they want to "disprove the misconception of what Mr. Colbert assumes N.C. BBQ to be."

This isn't Colbert's first time bashing North Carolina barbecue. He has previously referred to North Carolina barbecue as a "sauceless, vinegar-based meat product."