Memorial Day Ancestors and the Cultural Appropriation of Carnitas

Dad was a somewhat unenthusiastic member of the Sons of the American Revolution, unenthusiastic in his adult and later years anyhow because of his anti-war stance. But through his mother he could trace his lineage back to a Revolutionary War Brigadier General from North Carolina who participated in the Battle of Germantown, and was with the 5th NC Division at Valley Forge with Washington, “Light Horse Harry” Lee, Daniel Morgan and others.
Our Ancestor participated in resisting the entry of Lord Cornwallis into Charlotte in late September 1780, and was killed at the Battle of Cowan’s Ford in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina on February 1, 1781 while opposing the re-entry of Cornwallis into North Carolina…
And so today we made a pork butt in the slow cooker, viva the Revolution!
Three and a third pounds of pork shoulder and more:

The magic of spices!

Can’t forget the garlic…

…or the onions…

…or the Anaheim and Jalapeño peppers…

…and some citrus to add brightness…

A cop of chicken broth, a couple teaspoons of liquid smoke, rub the butt with olive oil then rub-on the the spices and chuck everything left-over into the slow-cooker for 8-hours.


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The semi-sprawling adventures of a culturally hegemonic former flat-lander and anti-idiotarian individualist, fleeing the toxic cultural smug emitted by self-satisfied lotus-eating low-land Tesla-driving floppy-hat wearing lizadroid-Leftbat Califorganic eco-tofuistas ~

4 thoughts on “Memorial Day Ancestors and the Cultural Appropriation of Carnitas

  1. It’s great that you know so much about your heritage — I envy you! Unfortunately, the oral history got lost on my dad’s side, although I know it goes back at least as far as the Civil War. On my mom’s side, the family immigrated from Germany in the 1890s.
    So all I know is that both my grandfathers served during “The Great War,” that *everybody* served in WWII (including my mom, who taught aerial gunnery) and that I served at just the right moment (had my orders for a unit in Viet Nam, only to have the Division reassigned to Hawaii). Guess I have been lucky, after all…

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