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2 1/2 lb boneless pork shoulder or butt roast, trimmed of fat and cut up
10 c water
1 med onion, quartered
3 cloves garlic minced
4 c red chili sauce
3/4 c shortening
6 c masa harina
1 1/2 t baking powder
about 50 dried corn husks, 8S long

15 large dried chili peppers
4-5 cloves garlic
2 t ground cumin
1 t salt
2 T flour
2 T bacon drippings or olive oil, or shortening

Remove stems and seeds from dred peppers. Place on a singler layer
in a baking sheet and roast in a 350! oven for 2-5 minutes until
they have a sweet roasted aroma. Check frequently to prevent
burning. Try to avoid deep inhalation. Remove from oven and
soak peppers in enough water to cover, about 5 cups, for 30
minutes until cool. Transfer the peppers and 2 1/2 c liquid
to a blender. Add garlic, cumin and salt. Reserve remaining
liquid. Cover, and blend till smooth.

In a 2 quart saucepan, cook and stir flour in bacon drippings
over medium heat till light brown. Carefully stir in pureed
chili mixture. Simmer uncovered for 5 to 10 minutes until
slightly thickend, being careful of splatters. If sauce is
too thick, add additional soaking liquid, up to 1 cup to make
desired consistency.

In a 4 1/2 to 5 quart dutch oven bring pork, water, onion, garlic,
and 1 1/2 t salt to boiling. Simmer, covered, about 2 1/4 hrs
until meat is very tender. Remove meat from broth and cool Using
two forks, shred meat, discarding fat. You should have 3 1/2 to
4 c shredded meat. Strain broth and reserve 5-6 cups. In a 3
quart saucepan, heat the red chili sauce and add shredded meat.
Simmer, covered about 10 minutes.

Fro masa, beat shortening with a mixer on medium for 1 minute.
Stir together masa harina, baking powder and 2 t salt. Alternately
add masa harina mixture and broth to shortening, beating well after
each addition. Add just enough broth to make a thick creamy paste.
Soak corn husks in warm water for 5 minutes then rinse to remove
and corn silk and debris. Drain.

To assemble each tamale, spread 2 T masa mixture in the center of
a husk. Place 1 T meat sauce in the middle of the masa. Fold in
sides of husk then fold up bottom. Place a mound of extra husks
in the center of a steamer basket in a dutch oven and put tamales
in basket, open end up. Bring water to boiling. Reduce heat.
Cover and steam 40 minutes, adding more water as necessary.
Microwaving for a couple minutes works too.

Makes about 50 tamales.


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