I think Sled's advise is key to your "success." There are lots of options if you don't like Jalapenos. Is it the heat? You can get rid of a lot of the heat by soaking them in Sprite over nite after you core and deseed them. (Just don't take a big gulp of the sprite afterwards)
This is a huge step for you. And an 8lb hunk of pork doesn't leave many leftovers. The fatties Norco mentioned are also important, they will give you something to munch on while waiting for the pork to finish up.
Good luck. And remember, especially on your maiden voyage, NO PICS...DIDN'T HAPPEN.