Late Show host Stephen Colbert on Tuesday morning revealed his barbecue allegiances lie with pitmaster Rodney Scott, selecting his fellow South Carolinian’s pulled pork for an on-air barbecue showdown.
During the episode, which aired much later than usual because of the NCAA men’s basketball championship game, Colbert challenged his guest Jason Sudeikis to a hometown smoked meat battle. Although Colbert also named Charleston's Blackjack Barbecue, formerly owned by Jimmy Hagood, as another favorite, he reached under his host desk for Scott's pulled pork.
Sudeikis, who was on the show to promote his new sci-fi monster movie, hails from Kansas City: He put up burnt ends from well-known chain Joe’s Kansas City.
“We sent several pounds, plus sides, every sauce we make and a Z-Man sandwich kit for good luck,” the company’s marketing director told The Kansas City Star.
Scott’s contribution was flown to New York City on Monday in the care of a Scott’s team member.
According to the gag’s set-up, each comic sampled the barbecue from the other man’s state.
“Look, sorry about kicking your taste buds’ buns,” Sudeikis said. “But this is, I got to tell you, you just slather this with some sauce, some Kansas City sauce, and we could have saved this trek.”
“I’m sorry to have schooled you,” Colbert said.
The segment featuring Scott’s barbecue starts around the 9:40 mark of this clip.