Jake swung by last week and gave me the most bestest gift a man can give a man, bacon from a secret source. His uncle gave him a package of meat and being all healthy Jake decided he did not need the bacon and gave it to me. Cured in brown sugar it had a slight sweetness to it. A slight smoky aroma which came out a bit more when cooked. It was a bit fatty, so it cooked up real crisp and shrunk a bunch. But it was not the water cured shrinkage, just the dam I am gonna be tasty shrinkage.
Jake might have to fill me in on this, but it seemed like bacon I get from lots of small town butchers who try not to scare away some of their older customers with intense flavor. Still it was delicious and I am grateful. Thanks Jake.