There are no guarantees during the NFL playoffs: Maybe your team will win this weekend, maybe it won’t. But if you start up a pork shoulder one day before kickoff, you’re at least promised a satisfying meal. Jeremiah Bacon of The Macintosh, who contributed this recipe, likes to pair the glazed meat with butterbeans (cooked down with more pork, of course.)

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Eating all of the chicken livers just as fast as I can.