"I love everything about North Carolina other than that damn vinegar stuff that y'all put on the barbecue."

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
April 10, 2019
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As any Southerner knows, barbecue is a pretty contentious topic. For The Late Show host Stephen Colbert — who was raised in South Carolina — Palmetto State 'cue reigns supreme, and don't even try to fight him on it.

Earlier this month, guest Zach Galifianakis, a North Carolina native, asks Colbert, "Do you really have a bias against people from North Carolina?" to which the late-night TV host deadpans, "No, I only have a thing against your barbecue."

"I think we've recieved letters from the governor of the state saying 'Come down here, taste our barbecue...and then I'll punch you in the face,' or something like that," jokes Colbert. "They're really mad at me down in North Carolina. I love North Carolinians...I love the Outer Banks, I love the mountains, I love everything about North Carolina other than that damn vinegar stuff that y'all put on the barbecue. You've got a perfectly fine, dry-rub, smoked barbecue and then you come in there and just [expletive] all over it with vinegar. What are you doing? What are you doing?"

Watch the full segment below. (Fast forward to the 4:06 mark if you want to cut straight to Colbert's barbecue rampage.)

This isn't the first time Colbert's show has turned to Southern food. In summer 2018 Gordon Ramsay took to talking about grits and how he wished the Southern delight were more readily available in the U.K.. Thankfully, he didn't pledge allegiance to vinegar-based barbecue sauce.

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Speaking of which, we could sure go for some hot pepper-flecked, vinegar-driven North Carolina barbecue right about now. Sorry, Mr. Colbert.

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