I had it in the back of my mind that I would find the bacon elixir of life itself and present it something like my favorite food porn. But alas, dear pork, it was not to be.
Not that there was anything wrong with any of the dear baconion slabs. They just weren't The One.
But, just to tell the tale, here is a snippet. Not quite food porn. Just a snippet.
The goo: (Julia Childs would take you outside and beat you with a cast iron frying pan if you made home made bacon and didn't save the rendered fat for later.)
- Garlic: tasty, but honestly not quite up to the last garlic batch. Still, it was good.
- Honey: Hmm. This really ended up as a basic sugar cure. They honey really didn't impart any real flavor like maple does. And damn it burns easily. I made the mistake of frying it in a small pan on a small burner and it was pretty burnt. Good, but nothing stellar. Beats Oscar Meyer.
- Jalepeno: This was where I had my hopes and dreams. Again, its good, but nothing awe inspiring. Jalepeno is fat soluble not water soluble. That was my mistake I think. There were lots of peppers in the mix, but the cure pulls all the water out (and that water is what ends up flavoring the food.) Since the peppers weren't soluble, they didn't do much. I would have done better to use some of my home made chipolte powder instead of fresh jalepenos.