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My grandmother, bless her soul, loved to cook pork. Every holiday meal when we would make the trek from our little town on the prairie to the big city of Minneapolis, she would usually pull out some kind of pork roast, spiral ham or pork chop along with a bunch of other Scandinavian dishes like Kumla - which come to think of it contains side pork. Now I hated pork. Not just a little, but a lot. For some reason I could just smell the pig barn in the meat. I'm blaming it on Hormel (don't get me started with big corporate industrial hog farming) and my HSP  (Highly Sensitive Person) characteristics. You can pray for the Trophy Wife now. Anyway, my poor grandmother always found something to cook for me that wasn't pork and she never complained about it to my face until I was much older. I believe her going the extra mile for me was part of the reason she would usually exclaim: "You will never get married, because who would want to live with you." You can pray for the Trophy Wife yet again.

Once I learned about HSP characteristics and matched that up with the large industrial, corporate stuff-the-hog-at-any-cost practices. I decided to explore the possibility that I was just sensitive to THAT KIND of pork. After all, I had tried and loved carnitas at one of my favorite restaurants in Saint Paul, Minnesota called  La Cucaracha. I didn't even realize it was pork when I ordered it. So I began to experiment. One of the waitresses at the restaurant said don't do anything to the pork except add jalapenos. So that's what I do. I find a good organic or small farm raised pork butt roast (which is really the shoulder - who thinks of this stuff?) and grind up a bunch of jalapenos in a food processor. The pairing is brilliant. I think my pork butt is one of the reasons the Trophy Wife stays with me. Grandma would be proud.
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Pork Carnitas

Ingredients
  • 1 High Quality Organic Or Small Farm Raised Boston Butt Pork Roast (I suggest Whole Foods)
  • 6 or 7 Good Sized Jalalpenos
  • Salt & Pepper

Preparation
Brown the seasoned roast in a hot pan on all sides until caramelized. Place roast in crock pot. Pulse Jalapenos including seeds in a food processor until a paste forms. Spread past on roast. Cook on high 4-5 hours or on low 6-8 hours. This depends on the size of your roast. Serve with heated tortillas, tomatoes or whatever toppings you like.

Servings
Depends on roast size, but usually serves about 6-7 people.

Nutrition
230 Calories Per 3 Oz Roasted Serving. Does not include the tortilla or tomatoes.
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Comments

Anna
06/05/2013 4:47pm

This looks wonderful!! I can smell the yummy juices! (not the barn)

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03/08/2015 4:40pm

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