Pork Cheek and Black-Eyed Pea Chili
The pork cheek chili can be refrigerated for up to 5 days.
You can substitute 5 pounds of pork shoulder for the pork cheeks. Cut the shoulder into 2-inch chunks and proceed with the recipe. Add 30 minutes to the cooking time in Step 4.
Symon's immensely satisfying pork and black-eyed pea chili has such depth of flavor that it pairs best with a beer rich enough to stand up to it. Brown ale is made with malted barley that's been roasted to a dark brown color, helping to impart notes of caramel and toast, which make it a great match here. Look for New Orleans–area brewery Abita Brewing Company's chocolaty Turbodog, or the nutty Newcastle Brown Ale, from England.