National: Candidates Dive Into BBQ

Time for a brief check-in with the diets of our fast-and-furious presidential candidates. Both men stopped for photo-ops and sound bites between actual bites of barbecue in the South over the last couple days.

First, Barack Obama popped into the Cape Fear BBQ restaurant in Fayetteville, North Carolina Sunday, where he had chicken, collard greens, and baked beans. Then, on Monday, John McCain had lunch with Columbia, Missouri business leaders at the Buckingham Smokehouse Bar-B-Q. He had a hot link special with beans and coleslaw.

In general, North Carolina-style barbecue uses a vinegar or tomato-based sauce that includes hot peppers. Meanwhile, Missouri tends toward a hickory-based cooking style, with a tomato sauce.

Both candidates seem to have made educated choices. According to their limited web exposure, Cape Fear is famous for its chicken, while Buckingham Smokehouse prides itself on its slaw.

Obama visit to North Carolina restaurant stirs mixed emotions [Reuters]
McCain convenes BBQ business meeting [Columbia Missourian]

[Image: A politically neutral bbq plate via paper or plastic?/flickr]

National: Candidates Dive Into BBQ