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Hump day gruffle: carnitas

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It means little meats.

Except none of those other things.
Except none of those other things.
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Memorial Day is done and dusted for another year, which means summer is almost upon us. Summer means picnics and summer holidays and long evenings on the porch... basically, it's eating season. If you're looking for a recipe to take your summer cooking game to the next level, here it is.

2 lb pork with some fat on it
Dry rub:
-2c brown sugar
-1/4c salt
-Garlic powder
-Cumin
-Onion powder
-Ground red pepper
Half a red onion
4 or 5 jalapenos
2c cooking liquid; just about anything will do

Combine the ingredients of the dry rub and rub them into the pork. Set on the bottom shelf of your fridge to rest for a bit; probably at least an hour. Preheat oven to 350. Then throw some oil into the bottom of a heavy pan or Dutch oven and heat on medium high. Sear the pork on all sides and remove from Dutch oven/pan.

Chop onions and jalapeno roughly. Add them and the cooking liquid - it can be OJ, water, cola, chicken stock, probably beer, literally almost anything potable and savory or acidic - to the pan/Dutch oven. Add pork back in and put it into the preheated oven. Leave it be for 2-3 hours, then check occasionally. Pull it out once it's done, then let it rest.

Once the pork has rested, shred or chop it according to your preference. Serve with tortillas, rice, and salsa and guacamole.