You could go to the store and buy that mushy watery, greasy, splattery, messy bacon that you usually eat with your weekend breakfasts. But you could buy a slab of pork belly and wait for 10 days to have your own Homemade Smoked Bacon. Not only is it the most delicious bacon you will have ever tasted on the face of this planet ever, but you will have the satisfaction of knowing exactly what's in it; how it was made. And the knowledge, the deep down satisfaction of having made it yourself. Wow your friends and family, if you choose to share, with this most incredible pork creation.
It was the longest 7 to 10 days of our lives when we were making this. Waiting for, not only the bacon to cure, but for my husband, the Baron of Baking's, first skydive with a dozen or so friends the same day. I stayed with my feet planted firmly on the ground, catering the event with Curry Beer Butt Chicken and these delightful Burgers. But because we busted out the smoker to make the chicken, we figured it would be a great time to smoke the bacon. I mean the charcoal was already lit and smouldering away.
Needless to say, the Baron survived his fall to the earth, probably the best thing he has ever done, or so he says. I, on the other hand, think that making this bacon is probably the best thing I have ever done.